Early in the Studio Art Glass movement, Sam Herman, an American who taught at the Royal College of Art in London, established the Glasshouse Covent for graduate art students to make their own art glass. Before the Movement, artists would design the art glass, but craftsmen would actually blow the glass. As the Movement progressed, glass studios were established so that the artist could produce their own work. Glasshouse Covent was founded in 1969 by Herman and graduate students could work there as well as learn the business side of their art. This vase is clearly signed GHC, indicating that it was made at Glasshouse Covent. It also has the initials SHC, which after extensive research, I feel can be attributed to Sam Herman – the C showing that he produced the piece at Covent. He was known for the free flowing pattern and iridescence as displayed in this 7 ¼” tall vase with flowing blue, green/gold, yellow and cream. It is a stunning piece that my camera only moderately captured. It is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. The bottom shows a few scratches from having been picked up and put back on shelve, and, of course, has the pontil mark.
This is a gorgeous piece on its own, but if it is indeed Sam Herman’s, you could also own a piece of history, since he helped change the world of art glass. If it is his, it would be dated between 1969 and 1974, when he left for Australia to help with an art glass studio there.
This piece is one of many in an art glass collection that we recently acquired, and on the bottom are two stickers that were on it from the estate. This helps us to keep track of the many pieces.
What a great find to add to your art glass collection or just as an accent piece on your shelf. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Early Glasshouse Covent Garden Studio Art Glass Vase, Signed