Studio glass paperweights, made in Australia, c1960s
These three 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.
Paperweights seem slightly redundant in these days of the ‘paperless’ office. [nb: my drawing office is anything BUT paperless!] But the art glass pieces look fantastic back-lit on a windowsill, or as here- against a white wall. Click on the image for a larger view and admire the colours and bubbles!
All three 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: $AUD125
‘Sunflower’ Kosta Boda candle holders, made in Sweden c 1970s
Owl paperweight by Eamonn Vereker, made in Australia c 1970s
Continuing my love affair with 70s Nordic glass, I introduce to you the Kosa Boda ‘Sunflower’ candle holders. And adding to my interest in 70s chunky glass is this lovely owl by an Australian glass artist from Adelaide- who is still producing glass work today.
Eamonn Vereker is an Irish craftsman who clearly loves animals. I am particularly drawn to the slightly askew eyes of this creature…sort of looks like Columbo on a good day [the visage, and the wonky eyes.] And the lovely feather-like shapes in the glass interior – the colours do look fabulous with those mustard [Ikea] candles.
A lovely chunky glass set- for all you 70s/owl collectors out there! This set is for sale: $AUD75