Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Mr. Modtomic has Never Been Much of an Art Glass Collector, But a Few Pieces Have Snuck In. Status: Random and Eclectic.
No Fenton, no Carnival glass. I'm not a big collector of glass. I got my reasons though.
Ya see, here's my problem with glass. It's almost always unmarked. It might have
come with a sticker or something when bought that lent it authenticity but few have
those still intact. And if it's an expensive piece, say from Venice..., who's to say
that the "provenance" proffered is legit.? This is why I prefer pottery, china and
the like. The marks are inscribed or under the glaze or otherwise permanent.
...But when I spotted this 37" tall slag glass vase at an estate sale for $13, I had to
relent. Plus Orange is the Girlfriends favorite color...so, you know. This is one BIG
I picked up this "swung glass" vase at the St. Charles Goodwill for just $6. Funny
story...I had drove over to St. Chuck to hit the Salvation Army thrift store since I
always forget that they aren't open on Sunday. I gathered up a bunch of cool
vintage plates (Walter Dorwin Teage design) some glassware (Dorothy Thorpe)
and a really cool side / lamp table. Total? $42 How much cash did I have on me?
$16. Dag. They're holding it all for me though! Sweet.
I picked this up at the same time as the vase above. Three bucks @ the Goodwill.
I love that the texture is inside the "bowl". How do they do that. Glass is like one of
the coolest miracles of our modern time. Think about all the amazing things that
glass makes possible. Driving...drinking...space travel...magnification...
ummm...light bulbs....lots of stuff!
Can't remember where I got this. I thought it would be fun to leave my hat on it but
it's just too small. I did have a Christmas elf hat on it for a while that was too small
for anyone I know (perhaps because it was meant for an elf?).
I went through a "planter" phase a number of years ago. This black glass planter
was purchased then, I think at an estate sale. It gets used to keep change these
days. I think it looks a little scary.
More slag glass, this time in a classy art deco style bowl. What is this for? I haven't
a clue really. It just looks pretty I guess.
This streched slag glass "bowl" was found really cheap at an antique mall quite a
while back. I'm sure this should have some crazy fake flower center piece in it.
Maybe someday I'll give it one. It has some great color and shape to it.
And how cute is this little guy? It's a milk glass cup with orange baked enamel on
the outside. It's like a little trophy for having the best taste in art glass! Or