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Offline Max

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« Reply #30 on: March 09, 2005, 10:08:50 PM »
Pah!  I always thought paperweights were boring.  

I'm gutted now.  

They're obviously really exciting, and I've been missing out!!!

Argghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

(Ooooh just remembered I've got a paperweight!  It's got a mushy pink cushion effect with lattice sideways canes....can't be anything much, but I'll get Leni to have a look tomorrow night!  Ooooh!)

<runs off singing 'I'm in the money!' (well a girl can dream!)>
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« Reply #31 on: March 09, 2005, 11:17:32 PM »
Max had a view ...
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Pah! I always thought paperweights were boring.
... and so did I some years ago ...

But when I found out that King Farouk of Egypt and other notable figures were collecting paperweights before I was born, I thought maybe there was something of interest that I could look into.

There's a brief article titled "A Weighty Tradition" at this site:
http://www.antiqueandcollectiblesshowcase.ca/archive/janfeb05.html
(scroll down the page). I don't go along with the idea suggested in the article that "quantity over quality" is an "unfortunate" thing. If I like something and I can afford it, I buy it, regardless of its "value".

However, in monetary terms, in more recent years the world record price paid for a single paperweight was US $250,000 :!: But of course, as I said, my view is that it's what we like and enjoy that counts more than the monetray value.
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« Reply #32 on: March 09, 2005, 11:28:51 PM »
i caught the bug off Kev, now i've got about 8-10 book's on paperweights

Kev dont forget that the $250k+ weight was missing the handle, just think how much it would of gone for if it was perfect
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« Reply #33 on: March 10, 2005, 08:56:12 AM »
Hello again, On the subject of the original paperweight, the base of the first one on eBay would appear to have a label over the pontil mark, which is most definitely not an Isle of Wight Studio Glass label, and is an Alum Bay label, with the mountainy bits on it, and although it is a bit worn, Alum Bay can be made out to be written on it, above the Isle of Wight bit. As far as I know, there are only the two glassworks on the Isle of Wight. (NB, See later posting, there are at least 3) It would be interesting to find out if there is any connection between the two though. Does anybody know if it's just my speculation that Chris Lucas trained with the Harris Studio? Cheers, Sue.
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« Reply #34 on: March 10, 2005, 01:31:24 PM »
Phone number is here:

http://www.wightonline.co.uk/alumbayglass/index.html#contact

See also an intresting article with a great set of photos showing a vase being made, courtesy of Tony Hayter

http://www.1st-glass.1st-things.com/articles/alum-bay-glass.html
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« Reply #35 on: March 10, 2005, 05:27:12 PM »
Thanks Frank! I see from this website that there are THREE glassmaking studios on the IoW, I found Glory Art Glass as well, on the list of IoW approved things. The website is:-
www.iowight.com/art-glass/
and there are some nice things here! Maker is Martin Evans.
I'll have to pluck up the courage to 'phone Alum Bay! Cheers, Sue.
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« Reply #36 on: March 14, 2005, 10:06:24 AM »
Hello,
I have just telephoned Alum Bay to ask if Chris Lucas ever trained with Isle of Wight Studio Glass, and they said that he did. They also said that Chris Lucas did not set up Alum Bay, but was a glassblower there and has now left and is working as a designer.
I got the connection between Alum Bay and Chris Lucas from the Great-Glass website. There does seen to be a tenuous thread running between IoWSG and Alum Bay, but this is something that seems to happen very much in glassmaking, as skills are passed on from one glassmaker to another, albeit that each maker develops and refines and adds their own personality to it.

I imagine this must happen when two glassmakers, working together on a piece, learn that amazing co-ordination that they need to perform what looks almost like a dance to music only they can hear, joined by the laws of the primaeval forces of chaos of the movements of the melted super-cooling liquid.

 :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  Sigh! The romance of it! No wonder I love glass!

I have also posted this information in another thread, with a query about a piece of glass that has an Alum Bay "gut-instinct" about it, that somebody felt had a Mdina "gut-instinct".
Cheers, Sue
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« Reply #37 on: March 14, 2005, 12:12:05 PM »
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I imagine this must happen when two glassmakers, working together on a piece, learn that amazing co-ordination that they need to perform what looks almost like a dance to music only they can hear, joined by the laws of the primaeval forces of chaos of the movements of the melted super-cooling liquid.

 :roll:  :roll:  :roll:  Sigh! The romance of it! No wonder I love glass!


Sue, that's just what Max, Peter and I felt as we stood and watched Adam A & his team on our recent London Glassaholics visit to his studio   :D

We felt very privileged to be allowed to stand (like 'wallflowers'  :wink: ) in the middle of that wonderful dance!   :shock:

Leni
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