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Stretch Glass Society President Cal Hackeman was a featured speaker at the 2016 National Fenton Glass Society (NFGS) Convention, representing SGS. The three-day NFGS Convention began immediately after the SGS Convention ended (see below), also in Marietta, Ohio.

Click the photo below to view a gallery of photos from Cal's talk.


SGS Convention, July 27-29, 2016
Marietta, Ohio

Convention Highlights

A great time was had by attendees of the 2016 Stretch Glass Society Annual Convention, Show & Sale, which took place July 27-29 at the Quality Inn in Marietta, Ohio. The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the vintage stretch glass era was the central theme. Around 70 members attended at least part of the three-day event. As at past conventions, members created vivid glass displays in the convention room, including eleven member displays depicting how to entertain with stretch glass. The “Club Display” featured over 50 console sets consisting of candleholders and matching console bowls with appropriate glass bases.

New friends were made and existing friendships celebrated at Wednesday’s Welcome Reception. Thursday morning found us stampeding to buy stretch glass and hearing from members about the displays of stretch glass from their collections. Thursday night’s banquet featured guest speaker Dave Fetty, who shared insights about the development and making of stretch glass from his days at The Fenton Art Glass Company. On Friday morning, George and Nancy Fenton discussed contemporary stretch glass, the last chapter in “Stretching Over 100 Years:  A Century of Handmade Stretch Glass in America.” Later in the day there was an in-depth presentation of the Console sets exhibit and an exciting auction of stretch and Fenton glass presented by Tom Burns Auctions.

Check out convention photos and videos below. To view the photo galleries, click on the thumbnail below or select the SGS 2016 Convention tab, above right.


 2016 Convention - Photo Galleries


Below left, Dave Shetlar is talking about stretch at the 2016 Convention; below right, Dave discusses Stretch Glass Console Sets.  Thanks to Jeff Hodges for sharing these videos!




Stretch Glass Display to make appearance at National Cambridge Collectors’ 2016 Glass Show & Sale



We have just been informed that the traveling exhibit of 100 examples of stretch glass will be on display at the National Cambridge Collectors’ 2016 Glass Show & Sale in Cambridge, OH.  Many thanks to SGS members Bob & Helen Jones for once again transporting and setting up the display.  This glass show features a number of quality dealers, some of whom only exhibit at this show. While there is an emphasis on Cambridge glass (obviously), the products of many of the other American glass manufacturers are also to be found.  The 2016 Glass Show & Sale features glass by Cambridge, Heisey, Imperial, Morgantown, Fenton, Duncan Miller, Tiffin, Westmoreland and much, much more.

Please plan to attend one of the best and prettiest Elegant glass shows in the area which will be held at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, Cambridge, Ohio. Exit 176 off interstate 70.  Show Hours: Friday, June 24 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. , Saturday June 25 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission $5.00 - Good for both days – Visit to print a coupon for $1.00 discount on admission - Tickets paid for and picked-up at the door. 


Thank you to the National Cambridge Collectors for participating in “Stretching Over 100 Years:  A Century of Handmade Stretch Glass in America.” 



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June 9, 2016, Stretch Out Discussion Call - Console Sets

Our June 9th stretch out discussion call was full of great info about console sets, the black bases under the bowls and lots more.  One participant commented on their recent purchases of Northwood Russet and Diamond Egyptian Lustre stretch glass - great finds for their collection.  Several owners of several of the console sets discussed were on the call to chime in and talk about their console sets.  It is always great to hear from those who actually have the stretch glass we are discussing.  This call concludes our current series of Stretch Out discussions.  We will resume discussion calls in the fall.  We thank Russel and Kitty Umbraco, Dave and Renee Shetlar and Bob Henkel for leading our discussions and helping all of us learn about stretch glass.  Enjoy your summer and good luck finding some great stretch glass.  


Photos of Console Sets Discussed 



April 14, 2016 - Opaque Stretch Glass Discussion


Our Stretch-Out Discussion on Thursday, April 14th had lots of participants and was very informative as we learned about the various colors of opaque stretch glass. Photos of the opaque glass discussed are here.  

For more information about all the stretch glass which was discussed, please click here.




Stretch Glass Quarterly

March 2016

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Stretching over 100 Years:  a century of handmade stretch glass in America,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1916 introduction of iridescent stretch glass in America got an early start at the National Imperial Glass Museum in Bellaire, Ohio.  Read more...



Stretch Glass on display at Reno, NV Bottle Show

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