Knowing the Right Category to Choose When Starting an Art Glass Collection


Collecting glass is such a pleasure for the thousands of people in the world who are mesmerized by its beauty. To think that from sand, potash and a sprinkling of metal oxides an artisan can make objects that take your breath away.

What to collect – that is the question. Collecting glass is a very personal, deciding what kind of glass to collect is a personal decision with many factors coming in to play. Knowledge is acquired over time to make a collection a thing of beauty. A little background knowledge in the field of collecting glass will help to zone in on a type of glass that will become the focus for a collection.

There is no hard and fast rule to collecting. Some people are very rigorous in their attempts to stay within the parameters of a certain category while others will buy pieces for their beauty and a collection will be made from an assortment of categories. Here are a few ideas of broad categories of glass that can be collected. As more is learnt about an interesting category a collection can become more and more focused.

Art Glass – hand made glass produced from the late 1800's through to the 1950's. Being hand worked means that no two pieces will ever be the same. Some of the better known companies to produce Art Glass are Durand, Tiffany, Loetz and D'Argental.

Color – an easy formula for a collection is to buy glass of a certain color. If not a lot is known about glass then this can be the perfect way to start a collection. Collectable colors are black, Vaseline (yellow-green), cobalt, opaque cream (custard), opaque green (jadeite), opaque white (milk), pink, ruby ​​and forest green.

Crystal Glass – contains lead oxide instead of the usual sodium or potassium oxides. This gives the glass a brightness and hardness; crystal can be cut to great effect.

Paperweights – refers to the heavy decorative objects used to keep papers from blowing away. Paperweights have been produced by Bohemian, French, Venetian, Indian, Chinese and Japanese glass makers. These are collected for their decoration and their rarity.

These are only four of the many categories of glass collection. Collectors choose categories usually for personal reasons. Most people simply choose to collect what they like. This is the simplest way to start any collection.

Looking after a glass collection is not difficult when you know what you are doing. There are some basic rules to follow so that breakage does not happen. Cleaning, packing and moving and showing are all easy with a little instruction.

Collecting glass is such a pleasure for many people.

Source by Nicola M Baume

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