News-Antique.com - Apr 13,2009 - The Puget Sound Art Glass community really came into its own in the 1990’s when there were over 300 artists applying their skills in the Northwestern United States. This area was quickly becoming the Mecca for American Art Glass.
But why was this area chosen that most would say was distanced from where they would expect a great Art Glass movement to begin? It all started when two men working together changed the face of producing Art Glass. Their names were Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino and most of you will recognized them as outstanding artists in their own right. Together they invented a small glass melting furnace that could be used in individual studios. For the first time this provided the opportunity for an individual artist to melt hot glass in his or her own studio and not in the major factories.
The natural beauty and colors of the Northwestern states produced the perfect setting for a new glass community to began. It very rapidly grew to where if you where interested in art glass it was the place to be.
Some of the early artists in this community traveled to Europe to study the traditional techniques. Michael Whitney, Richard Marquis and Dale Chihuly were three of the better known names who traveled, but most of the artists learned by trial and error.
The more that I research art glass the more I am pulled toward it. The natural process of making such beauty intrigues me. I would highly recommend that you purchase Bonnie Miller’s book “Out of the Fire [Contemporary Glass Artists and Their Work]”. I will be highlighting some of the artists that she presents in this book so that you may keep your eye out for pieces produced by these outstanding artists that may pass under the radar screen of most dealers. There can be major profit made by the dealer who has familiarized himself with the works of the Puget Sound artists
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