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« Reply #30 on: October 05, 2005, 10:12:36 PM »
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I have since located the current manufacturers, Joseph Joseph, who took over the operation:

http://www.josephjoseph.com


When you say they've taken over, do you mean they're operating from the same premises?  Sorry to seem dim, but as you said,  there's not much Chance left in Joseph Joseph, is there?

Sorry I wasn't very clear :oops:

The rights to Fiestaware was bought up by Michael Joseph who continued manufactured from Birmingham, but not the same premises. Joseph Joseph (twin sons of Michael - or grandsons?) have a studio and showroom at Tower Wharf, but their manufacturing base is still in Birmingham.

But if you visit the web site you'll see examples that definitely draw influence from some of the original Fiestaware designs - look at the Optic Snack range, for example. Also click on Table Deluxe and see the design that pops up at the top! Hmm, familiar... :)

They do plenty of kitchenware and even splashbacks for the cookers  8)
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« Reply #31 on: October 06, 2005, 12:54:14 AM »
I don't know if this may be of interest, but it gives a link to a history of the Chance Glass company... scroll down to the File Download section near the bottom. The rest of this page is interesting as well. :) http://www.search.revolutionaryplayers.org.uk/engine/resource/exhibition/standard/default.asp?resource=2032


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« Reply #32 on: October 06, 2005, 07:58:54 AM »
Very interesting link Anne, thanks. I think this would really appeal to people like Bernard who are interested in the architectural and industrial use of glass. I'm not sure when they started to produce tableware, but I think it was much later.

I would also like to know more about the history of Chance until they closed in 1981 (a year before Whitefriars — how are the mighty fallen...) but I think the books mentioned in this thread will be extremely hard to get hold of.

BTW, Anne, did you know you're 8 away from your 1,000th post? :wink:
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« Reply #33 on: October 06, 2005, 08:04:01 AM »
Following that link a little further I also came across this:

http://www.search.revolutionaryplayers.org.uk/engine/theme/default.asp?theme=88
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« Reply #34 on: October 06, 2005, 08:59:42 AM »
David — I am interested in all aspects of glass as a material.   I don't think you can hope to appreciate its unique qualities if you restrict yourself to any one particular use or glassmaking process.

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« Reply #35 on: October 06, 2005, 10:48:18 AM »
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David — I am interested in all aspects of glass as a material.   I don't think you can hope to appreciate its unique qualities if you restrict yourself to any one particular use or glassmaking process.

Bernard, I'm also interested in all aspects of glass, and I soak up as much glass information like a sponge. Unfortunately my brain, like a sponge, has got very sodden lately and simply can't take anymore! :wink:

However, on a related subject, did you see my other posting? See:

http://www.glassmessages.com/index.php/topic,2700.0.html

Some books that I'm sure would be of interest.
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« Reply #36 on: October 06, 2005, 10:14:07 PM »
Glad it was of interest David. Also the related links you found. I'll add these to Glassoholic for future reference as well. :)  PS I hadn't noticed the proximity of post 1000 - I'm one closer now!   :wink:  (Do I get a badge when I go past 1000???)  :lol:


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« Reply #37 on: October 07, 2005, 09:09:14 AM »
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Glad it was of interest David. Also the related links you found. I'll add these to Glassoholic for future reference as well. :)  PS I hadn't noticed the proximity of post 1000 - I'm one closer now!   :wink:  (Do I get a badge when I go past 1000???)  :lol:


Well, both you and Leni have passed that magical number now! You both get a Golden Cornflake :)

The links I provided were direct to the books which, of course, will be redundant when PostSscript Books have sold out. As an idea though, your links library could contain common searches for glass books from the more popular online book sellers.

For example:
http://www.psbooks.co.uk/Title.asp?Title=glass&pg=Title+Search&ur=Search.asp?fld=Title

... calls up all their 'glass' books, although there will obviously be references to titles that are not required (like "The Glass Enclosure" on jazz legend, Bud Powell? Uh?), but at least it would provide an instant link to possible favourite searches.

Just a thought.
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« Reply #38 on: October 07, 2005, 03:40:22 PM »
Interesting thought David, thanks. I'll check this out and see what I can do. :)

I have already starting listing individual titles based on suggestions and mentions here on the board. If anyone has any other titles to add then please let me know and I'll add those too  (my e-mail address is added in Profileso you should see an e-mail button below my posts now). I still have the CD Books (such as Glen's Sowerby ones) to add as well, plus another raft of book links found in various places.


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« Reply #39 on: October 15, 2005, 07:21:28 PM »
David - if you are there :lol:   Did you see anything like this vase at the Smethwick Heritage Centre?  I know from your comments following your visit, that Chance Bros. made prism glass for lighthouses and also produced household items during WW2.  I bought this vase today because it fascinated me.  It looks like a prism - very much like one seen in a lighthouse.  It also has "CELERY" etched on it.  I meant to take a pic. of it in sunlight because it looks great - refracting light, so the pic. here isn't the best.  
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y195/glassie/prism003.jpg

Regards - Anne E.B. :wink:
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