Studio glass paperweight

Controlled glass paperweightStudio glass paperweight
made in Australia, c. 1960s

This egg-shaped paperweight shows the 60s fascination with ‘controlled bubbles’ glass technique. Controlled bubbles turns 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. But how lovely is this studio glass piece? Click on the image for a larger view and admire the colour and bubbles!

The paperweight is unsigned, which is not unusual in art pieces of the 60s, but I have it on good authority that it is Australian. Murano glass in Italy, and art glass makers in France, Britain and America were all producing controlled bubbled pieces in the 60s.

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!

I have several other controlled bubbles paperweights from the 60s for sale on this blog: and this very collectible paperweight is for sale: $AUD75

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70s chunky glass

Kosta Boda candleholders and Vereker owl paperweightKosta Boda candleholders, 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’ candleholders. 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 lovers out there! This set is for sale: $AUD75

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