This is a very special offering from my personal collection. Photographs do not do it justice. The Lundbergs made a great impact on the world of art glass. This was made and signed by Steven when he was well and at his peak. He was bringing his son Justin under his wing to jointly create art glass. They started using "S/L Lundberg Art Glass" occasionally, possibly to encourage Justin. This was made and originally signed and numbered. Later the family etched "ALS Benefit Auction". This was to assure buyers that it was from the Lundberg's personal collection. This stands 8 3/4" and is in Excellent Condition.
Lundberg Studios was founded in 1970 by the late James Lundberg and is known for its clear-encased California Style paperweights as well as Art Nouveau and Tiffany style iridescent glass. James Lundberg began working in glass in the late 1960s, while a student at California State University, San Jose. He and brother Steven moved their small backyard glass studio, Nouveau Glass, from San Jose to Davenport in 1973, and renamed it Lundberg Studios. Steven Lundberg left the studio in 1997 to establish his own studio.
Artist James Lundberg first started creating beautiful, high quality studio glass paperweights in 1972. Classically trained in ceramics, then glazes and finally glassmaking techniques, Lundberg traveled to Germany, Italy, Spain, France and England to learn his art. Stopping in New York City on his way home from Europe, he was struck by the beauty and hues of Tiffany Art Glass. His studio is now the leading replicator of Tiffany Style art glass. Using the knowledge and skills he had acquired, most notably the prismatic glasses and decorative techniques of Tiffany, Lundberg began creating paperweights of a style and beauty that had previously not been created or exhibited. In conjunction with the other artists of Lundberg Studios, this new style was called California Paperweight Style or "torchwork".
Examples of the glassworks and art of James Lundberg and Lundberg Studios are included in nearly every significant private glass collection and major museum.
James Lundberg passed away in 1992.
Steven Lundberg passed away early in 2008, from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He could no longer practice his art from 2003.
Steve's work is on display in a number of permanent collections including The Smithsonian Institute, the White House, The Corning Museum of Glass, the Philadelphia Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of American Glass, and the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, to name a few. Steven Lundberg Glass Art is exhibited in top galleries and catalogs throughout the world. Steve has lectured and demonstrated from New Jersey to Tokyo and has been privileged to collaborate with many distinguished glass artists, including Rick Ayotte, Bob Banford, Randall Grubb, Barry Sautner and Victor Trabucco.
The Lundberg name has the respect and admiration of the entire art glass world. Beginning with James Lundberg, who established Lundberg Glass Art, and created masterpieces, many of which were from techniques that James developed. His brother Steven Lundberg established an incredible following from his own artistry, again with many new techniques. After Steven died of ALS some years ago, his son Justin became known and respected for his creations. He has his own style, and he signs his work "JBerg". I have been collecting pieces from all three for many years now. I believe that these marvelous pieces have potential for real appreciation in the future. As with all art purchases, one should buy what touches their inner being; their sensitivity.
About modern paperweights:
Designed and created in much the same manner as antique paperweights, these contemporary counterparts are enjoying a renaissance that far surpasses their popularity during Victorian times. At the prodding of Mr. Jokelson, a French-American collector and art dealer, the French factories of Baccarat and Saint Louis in the 1950s re-developed the old paperweight- making techniques which had been lost for almost a hundred years. Today a new generation of glass artists continues to carry on the classic tradition while utilizing modern technology to give their work a contemporary vitality. In many areas, these new artists have surpassed their forbears.
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