Large Vase by Tim LazerJapanese Maple Vessel by Stephen SchlanserTurquoise Vase by David Thai

Some of the most popular artwork we have at the gallery is the wide variety of beautiful hand-made art glass. From glasswork created in the traditional kilns of Italy to those produced 20 minutes away downtown, we pride ourselves on the quality and selection of these luminous statement pieces.

It’s worth noting that I mention these pieces are “hand-made”. That doesn’t mean no machines were used in production, but instead refers to the fact that between cutting the glass, polishing the edges, laying out the design, sandblasting, applying precious metals for select finishes, and ultimately firing, there is much hand work involved. Many of the glass pieces we carry required at least 5 craftspeople to complete!

With the amount of handwork and steps it takes to create even one piece of glass art, many of these pieces are susceptible to slight flaws and imperfections, especially if precious metals or other applications are required for the finish. Flaws may present themselves as dark spots, lines in the finish, or possibly even small bubbles. This is the result of working with highly sensitive materials that react to microscopic contaminants in the environment.

While glass artists always try to keep these flaws to a bare minimum through the use of filtration systems and clean working environments, the artwork is created in a glass studio, not a sterile environment. Believe it or not, there will almost always be very slight flaws and imperfections in glass artwork!

With this small bit of information on how hand-made art glass is created, we hope that you’ll have a better understanding of the facts and procedures in producing beautiful hand-made art glass, helping you to appreciate and enjoy every piece along with the slight flaws that appear as a result of it being “hand-made”.

Adapted from “Facts & Flaws” by Stephen Schlanser Glass Studio

Versaille Vase by Stephen Schlanser