Higgins Glass was founded in 1948, in Chicago, Illinois, by Michael and Frances Higgins. They produced art glass and fused glass, including housewares, tableware, wall sculptures, jewelry and much more. From 1947 until 1964, they partnered with Dearborn Glass Company and produced “higgins-ware”. items included ashtrays, tableware and room dividers, with over 75 patterns produced. In 1965, they briefly moved their base of operations to Haegar Potteries, then in 1966, opened their own studio in Riverside, Illinois, where they’ve been ever since. Michael Higgins died in 1999 and his wife Frances died a few years later in 2004. The company is still in operation today under longtime associates, Jonathan and Louise Whimmer.
This lovely fused glass piece, circa 1970-1980, is a small, square bowl with wide border. The abstract pattern consists of clams-broth, white, pastel blue and brown with hand applied, gold enamel tracery. The piece measures 5" square and is etched "Higgins" on the underneath side in a corner. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Nice design and wonderful color combination.