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Glass / Re: Early Whitefriars vase c.1876 in color
« Last post by Lustrousstone on Yesterday at 10:02:00 PM »
Thank you
Glass / Re: Question
« Last post by cagney on Yesterday at 09:36:51 PM »
All very valid comments. A lot of his work seems to involve texture as well as visual appeal and a considerable originality in form.
Glass / Re: Early Whitefriars vase c.1876 in color
« Last post by cagney on Yesterday at 09:03:43 PM »
This vase is opalescent throughout. the foot takes on a yellow color because it is much thicker than the body. Of course the fine threading in the upper portion is turquoise.
Glass / Re: Question
« Last post by glassobsessed on Yesterday at 08:41:50 PM »
Surely the trails are deliberate and part of the design, there is no other reason for them to be there.
British & Irish Glass / Re: Stuart tumblers question.
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Yesterday at 08:34:11 PM »
Words can be flexible. ;)
Glass / Re: Question
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Yesterday at 08:30:23 PM »
With minor manufacturing flaws such as this, I would be considering how old the piece is in relation to the experience of the artist making it.
Lots of early Studio Glass is very crude; nobody was any sort of expert or experienced maker, but many did improve dramatically.
An early piece by a well-known artist, with lots of flaws, might not be considered to have "flaws" at all - the artist was still a learner.

You also have to consider the difficulty of the piece itself - how possible would it be to make without any flaws? If it's a massive thing, the artist would have to be wielding a lot of heavy molten metal, it's more likely a flaw might appear in something really difficult to handle, physically.

Sam started his learning in '63. One of the very first Studio Glass Artists.
Glass Paperweights / Glass By Sands paperweight for show
« Last post by Anne on Yesterday at 08:26:37 PM »
I don't really collect paperweights but I couldn't resist this one, bought from the maker herself today at a show in Grange over Sands, Cumbria, where she is based. It's 2" across and 1" high, and the centre is red and purple with some gold sprinkled in and a mass of tiny bubbles that catch the light and make it almost twinkle. It reminds me of one of those photos of a far away galaxy.  This one is marked GbS on the base but some are marked Sandy, whilst other pieces have Glass by Sands on them, but they are all made by the same person.  Maker: Sandra Cornes, Glass By Sands.
Glass / Re: Question
« Last post by cagney on Yesterday at 08:16:47 PM »
As stria are not structural defects it seems to be a matter of personal and/or market preference. In the case of the wine glass pictured previously it would probably not matter much, if at all. With the cordial it may be a distraction to some and a confirmation of early manufacture to others. These are production pieces.
In the case of Sam Herman and VSL, this is a whole different category. In one sense it has met both their quality control goals as they put their name on it.

Assuming there was a contractual agreement between S.H. and VSL. Is the vase purely an art piece? Is it a production piece? I would venture it falls somewhere in between, but definitely much closer to an art piece. A studio line contracted by a manufacturer.

With purely an art piece I would not question that artist's rendering. I either like it or I don't. With a production piece I may question the manufacturer's quality control. In short it visually is a judgement call, either personal or market driven.

Personally, the question I would ask (which is probably unanswerable) is how did Sam Herman feel about it ? Was it a positive happenstance that added to his work or was it a minor defect he strove to eliminate?

A note on personal/market preferences in glass. On eBay there is quite a lively market in early 19th C. American bottles and flasks. They seem to revel in cruder aspects of early mass production. As a result it often is a net positive.
British & Irish Glass / Re: Stuart tumblers question.
« Last post by keith on Yesterday at 08:11:47 PM »
I'll remember that,ta, in-ies and out-ies are types of belly buttons I thought !
British & Irish Glass / Re: Stuart tumblers question.
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Yesterday at 07:06:01 PM »
You can normally test for in-ies and out-ies on surfaces with the tip of a fingernail.
It either comes to a halt on something raised, or dips a little into something more intaglio. :)

The tip of a fingernail is also good for testing for age-related wear that cannot be seen on a tiny base ring.
(By "tiny base ring", I mean the actual bit of the base that makes contact with a surface. It doesn't always all make contact.)
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