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Murano & Italy Glass / Re: Murano, but what is the name of this pattern
« Last post by aa on Today at 10:10:21 AM »
Yes, this is similar to the ones Ray made in my studio, but it doesn't look like one of those to me.

We call this the "controlled bubble" technique. It has been used all over the world for many years.

In basic terms, one can introduce a bubble into a piece by making a small indentation into the gather. By gathering over this, air is trapped in the indentation and because of the viscosity of the glass, the air cannot escape and this creates a bubble.

So in order to get a controlled pattern of bubbles an open mould which has diamond shapes evenly spaced on the inside is used. By gently pressing the glass into the mould, a pattern of even indentations is created. Some people call this a pineapple mould, because the glass comes out of the mould looking like a pineapple. When cooled to the correct temperature, it is possible to gather over this shape and trap bubbles in a controlled manner.

This is a simplistic explanation. It sounds a lot easier than it really is. Temperature judgment is only one of the skills required to achieve a successful result.

I hope this helps.
Murano & Italy Glass / Re: Lattimo elephant
« Last post by rosieposie on Today at 09:54:41 AM »
That is glorious Michael, and like your other ellies, I would happily find a home for it.  Thank you so much for sharing it with us.  :) Rosie.
Glass News / Re: Goodbye Bernard!
« Last post by Anne E.B. on Today at 09:43:46 AM »
I can only repeat Glen's comments.  I will be for ever grateful for his kindness in sharing his vast knowledge.
Glass / Re: Zoude
« Last post by Antwerp1954 on Today at 08:15:57 AM »

What is the title of the book by A. Barr? What is the full name of this author?

Many thanks.
Glass / Re: Zoude
« Last post by Ivo on Today at 07:59:52 AM »
Sebastien Zoude was  located in Namur 1709-1779, founded the Zoude works in Namur in 1753 which lasted until 1818. He made full lead crystal 1762-69. Believe it or not, he did.
Louis Zoude took over in Namur 1819-1867 and opened a second works in Jambes in 1849.  He died 1854, the company merged with Herbatte in 1865.  It was closed by VSL in 1879.
Veuve Zoude Drion was located in Jumet-Brulotte (Charleroi) 1825-1878 and then merged into the S.A. des Manufactures.

Glass / Re: Zoude
« Last post by Antwerp1954 on Today at 07:51:14 AM »
I've been on the Corning Museum site but don't seem to be able to view the catalogue. How did you get to view it? Thanks.
Glass / Re: Zoude
« Last post by Gabriel Tomkins on Today at 07:35:46 AM »

Hi Antwerp

I believe the Nizet glasshouse was in Liege. I think I have read that they were making lead glass, or experimenting with it in 1720-30 or so, a long time before Zoude.
I was simply wondering if Nizet is synonymous with Liege. If not how do you distinguish between the two and those produced by Zoude, who was making lead glass. The tight wrythening seems to be very much a Belgian trait.

Ive been looking at Corning and the Zoude catalogue. I know that this is deemed to be spurious but from your pictures, those on scottish antiques and the catalogue there are definitely some patterns that seem to repeat for Zoude / Liege / Nizet glass, the nut/honeycomb/fraise moulding on bowls being one, the tight wrythened bowls and the "torsinee" moulded stems, which were obviously dip moulded and twisted before being applied to bowls.

I bought one glass from Mark West web site, an "English ale glass" , but it looks as though these were made on the continent too. Its a fascinating hobby and the endless hours that can be spent on research and trying to decipher the point of manufacture appeals to me. I have become an armchair detective in later life.
Glass / Re: Zoude
« Last post by Antwerp1954 on Today at 06:13:56 AM »
Hi Gabriel

Welcome to glass collecting. What was your first purchase?

The type of moulding seems to get all sorts of names depending on how pronounced it is - rice grain, honeycomb etc.

The link you gave shows a glass which might well be a Zoude. Alex is a very experienced and knowledgeable dealer who knows much more than I do. However, if the glass shown contains lead, then I tend to believe it was made by Zoude and on this occasion would disagree with his attribution.

How do we begin to attribute glasses to different areas and makers. Often we can't but there are sometimes characteristics in the form of the glass which help. Reading round the subject, looking at photos and handling glasses all helps.
Nizet? Do you mean Namur?
Glass / Re: Pate de Verre?
« Last post by Ivo on Today at 05:37:58 AM »
Yes I do - I have one in reddish brown. These were made in India about 3 years ago. It is a far cry from pâte-de-verre though. This is a rough glass type with iron oxide or some other colourant in it, crudely blown in a 2-part mould. PDV is a glass powder compacted in a mould and baked,allowing the most fantastic shapes and colourations.
Hi - I posted this a couple of years ago now. I still cannot find out anything about Mastnik - wondered if anyone has come across anything since this was first posted?
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