First of all I just want to say what a good message board this is compared to others.The threads are almost always interesting and full of discussion unlike the others which quickly seem to become a place only used to request valuations.
Anyway I thought I would add a couple of comments to this one for obvious reasons. Kev is spot on with his understanding of the original Jay Glass weights. John and I took great pride and care in our work and we would not let anything go out that we did not think were good enough,(some did find their way out by the backdoor themselves though,it was a cowshed we worked in after all
). Unfortunately I also have to agree with the idea that the need to stay in business these days definitely affects what everyone in the glass trade makes,at Caithness we know that only too well. On the bright side though, they have allowed the lampwork designs to be put back down to only editions of 50 weights for this year. This has allowed us to put more time and work into the paperweights. We also have been doing "one-offs" for our various events and our forthcoming collectors convention which totally takes the pressure of time off us so we can just make what we want without worrying about streamlining designs for reproduction. This means that prices rise(thanks to gas increases as well) but we have decided we would rather make quality pieces than churn out any old rubbish to survive. Not everyone will like everything that we or anyone else makes but that is why we have good discussions on this message board.
Anyway back to the thread, I am surprised at Adams JD weights; I cannot believe that they are actually John's, they have the look of weights made up of left-over flowers almost like someone had used what was lying around to let somebody practise making a lampwork weight. It is certainly not like john to let designs like that out. I would be interested to find out from John himself if he recognises the work, am even surprised at the cane (although I am by no means "up" on all his cane designs), the difference between the J and D is quite extreme which is not like him at all. Kev will be able to tell better than I can though.
The lampwork flowers of Nadines I think are all done by Duncan Smith; the style of joining the petals is more recent Perthshire than the style that Rosette learned from me when she trained at Caithness and Willie Manson's lampwork leans, naturally, more towards Ysart.
As ever though I am prepared to be wrong, so I will finish off this longer than intended post and go read somebody elses