From a Texas estate that contained dozens of early studio art glass pieces, this 5 5/8” vase is signed, but the signature is hard to read; with what I can make out I believe that it was purchased from the Glasshouse in London: England is very clearly etched on the bottom as is a word starting with Gla…, which I feel could very well indicate the Glasshouse at Covent Garden There is also some numbering on the bottom. It is a beautiful piece with teal and rust as the main colors and an overall iridescence. It is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks.
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 piece is one of many in an art glass collection that we acquired
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