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Offline Blue516

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« on: July 19, 2005, 08:46:07 PM »
Here is my favorite weight:

http://tinypic.com/95oqs9.jpg

http://tinypic.com/95or39.jpg

http://tinypic.com/95ora0.jpg

The pic I took of the bottom was too fuzzy. I'll have to get a better one of it. So what do you think? I was told by the clerk in the store (1992) that the weight contained ashes from Mt St Helen, but who knows, I haven't any proof of that.

Does anyone have information on this maker? Do these weights appreciate?

Marilee

PS It has a big G on the bottom, and glasshouse, 1991, WHL,  1059 scratched on the bottom glass.


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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2005, 09:50:02 PM »
Hi Marilee


Now that I LIKE A LOT..... can you provide a photograph of the base please clearly showing the signatures.
Many thanks


Regards


Gareth


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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2005, 10:04:01 PM »
Hi again Marilee

I dont have much information to hand at the moment but there was a studio called Glasshouse, in Covent Garden I believe, but definately in London. Not sure of this but seem to recall it was started by Sam Herman and I have a vase with the glasshouse mark made by Pauline Solven. This was started in the late 1960's but unfortunately do not remember if it closed or if it is still operating....not sure.... I'll have a look around and see what I can find.

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Gareth


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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2005, 10:47:00 PM »
Well remembered, Gareth,

http://www.samhermanstudio.co.uk/

In his site, there are links to some of his Glass and also his very impressive CV, which includes his conception and establishment of the Glass House studio in Covent Garden in 1969.

And I am sure we have discussed things related to Sam's work some time ago in the Board - must have Search soon.
KevinH


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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2005, 08:25:27 AM »
The claim to Mt. St Helens might not have been just blowing smoke  :wink:

There is a glass blowing house at the Mount St. Helens Museum

http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/washingtonmenu/a/mtsthelens.htm

Then I found this site selling some of the glass which is very similar to your piece.  Look at the Aventurine Eggs.

http://www.accentsofnature.com/AON/default.asp?CatID=2&GrpID=9

BTW - Mount St. Helens in a volcano in Washingston State - USA which last erupted May 8, 1980 which is a rare occurrence in the U.S.


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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2005, 02:37:38 PM »
Thanks grayhorse for the great information. Yes! the Aventurine Eggs are comparable to my weight. Perhaps I should write to someone at that glass factory and send a pic to confirm if this piece was made at their factory. Then I would have an authentic description of the weight.

I also posted a pic of the bottom of the weight...did you see it?

Marilee


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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2005, 10:26:51 AM »
The Glasshouse, founded by Sam Herman in Neal Street as a studio where some of his graduating students from the Royal College of Art could work, developed into an important and influential British studio and moved to larger premises in Long Acre. After many years in that location, it moved to a location in Islington but it closed a few years ago.

During its London incarnations, many significant names in British studio glass had some form of association with it in one way or other. Pauline Solven, one of Sam's first RCA students, was the first manager. Jane Bruce was also one of the early members. By the early eighties the core members were Annette Meech, Christopher Williams, Steven Newell, David Taylor, Fleur Tookey and Catherine Hough. Simon Moore was also a member. From time to time guests such as Charlie Meaker worked there for short periods, and the film-maker, Anthony Stern, walked by one day and was immediately entranced by watching hot glass being blown, to the extent that he enrolled in a course of lessons, applied to the RCA to do a Masters degree and switched careers. I actually took some evening classes there myself, for fun, since in those days I was primarily involved in selling  other people's glass, including works by Glasshouse members.

During the mid-eighties Steven Newell, Catherine Hough, and Simon Moore  left the Glasshouse and set up their own studio, (Glassworks, London) in Islington. I still have a copy of the estate agents letter asking me for a reference, and my reply, which was obviously sufficiently favourable to enable them to rent the premises!  Later on Simon Moore left Glassworks and set up on his own.

The two people who were members of the Glasshouse for almost its entire existence, were Annette Meech and Christopher Williams. After the Islington location closed they moved to France, where they continue to make beautiful glass. http://www.sivignonglass.com/ They would be the best people to advise whether the paperweight shown was made in the London glasshouse.

The history and chronology related above is from memory. Please excuse any inaccuracies.

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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2006, 09:32:25 AM »
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Hello, I found this just recently - being in the paperweight forum, I'd missed it. Adam A has written some very interesting stuff here, could this possibly be archived?
Cheers, Sue (M)

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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2006, 02:54:11 PM »
There is a Glasshouse Studio in Seattle, WA.

Your tiny pics have gone bye bye so I can't see the weight but know their work well.


 

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