Glass paperweights

Art glass paperweights, 1960sStudio glass paperweights, made in Australia, c1960s
Kosta Boda Hippo paperweight, made in Sweden c1960s

These two paperweights show the 60s fascination with the ‘controlled bubbles’ glass technique. Controlled bubbles turned up in objects as diverse as vases, ashtrays and objects de art. And paperweights.

And continuing my love affair with retro Nordic glass, the third piece is a hippo-– designed by Bertil Vallien, as part of a ‘Zoo Line’ series of sculptural decorations for Kosta Boda. Sold as a paperweight or as a piece of stand-alone sculpture, these pieces are now quite collectible. [I also have the Airedale terrier of this series- but what a dog was doing a Zoo is anybody’s guess!]

Paperweights seem slightly redundant in these days of the ‘paperless’ office. But the art glass pieces look fantastic back-lit on a windowsill. The pig paperweight has a deep blue interior and graduated bubbles and the round paperweight has a deep red interior with random bubbles. Click on the image for a larger view and admire the colours and bubbles!

Both pieces are unsigned, which is not unusual in art pieces of the 60s, but I have it on good authority that the pieces are Australian. There are many paperweight collectors out there [check out www.paperweight.org] and museums dedicated to collecting and exhibiting paperweights. From the Paperweight Collectors Association I learnt that there are three periods of paperweight collecting:

The Classic Period [1840-1880] – mostly French made paperweights
The Folk Art Period [1880-1940] and
The Contemporary Period [1940 to present.]

A very venerable history! This set of collectible paperweights is for sale: $AUD145

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60s studio art glass

60s Australian studio art glass60s studio art glass
made in Australia

Fabulous, funky, chunky, fluid glass shapes- this is studio art glass. Made all over the world when abstraction met the atomic age in the arts scene in the 60s, each country seems to have produced this sort of art glass.

Highly in fashion in the 60s, totally out of fashion by the mid 70s- studio art glass is now back in fashion and very collectible. My partner has taken to collecting Australian pieces in a range of colours and then displaying them in colour groups. I admit I was sceptical at first- but the pieces do look fantastic when they are massed together.

Trish is collecting in reds/oranges and blues/greens – here are a few of her favourite things.