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Stretch Glass Society to appear in April 2017 issue of Journal of Antiques and Collectibles

The Stretch Glass Society will make several appearances in the April issue of The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles.  SGS will have the ad shown below in the issue along with an announcement of the 2017 convention and a club listing. The club listing will continue to appear for the remainder of the year in their club listings. Be sure to check out this issue to learn about stretch glass and The Stretch Glass Society, as well as all the other types of glass featured.


Stretch Glass Society announces 2017 Convention and Stretch Glass Show

Iridescent and Stretch Glass enthusiasts are invited to the 2017 Stretch Glass Society's 43rd Annual Convention and Stretch Glass Show to be held July 26-28, 2017, at the Comfort Inn in Marietta, Ohio.

Beginning with a Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening and continuing on Thursday and Friday with educational seminars, glass ID, expert speakers and an auction, there will be abundant opportunities to meet the leading experts and researchers in stretch glass, hear about recent discoveries and acquisitions by stretch glass collectors, learn about stretch glass and acquire stretch and other glass from local glass dealers, antique malls and at the Tom Burns auction.  A full schedule of events will be available soon.

Among the highlights of the Convention will be a display of over 100 examples of green stretch glass depicting the many different shades of green and shapes in which green stretch glass was made. The Thursday evening banquet will feature long-time collectors and researchers Kitty and Russell Umbraco speaking on "Rare and unusual stretch glass."

All members of the Stretch Glass Society will receive Registration information in May. Others interested in attending may request a Registration packet at All are welcome to participate in the convention; advance registration is encouraged; certain events require tickets to be purchased.


Stretch Out Discussion reveals the uniqueness of Vineland’s Stretch Glass

On February 2, 2017 Dave and Renee Shetlar and Russell and Kitty Umbraco shared their insights on the unique features of Vineland stretch glass.  In addition to talking about the unique colors used by Vineland, they also talked about the shapes of Vineland stretch glass and how they differ from stretch glass by other companies.  Vineland Flint Glass Company of Vineland, NJ produced a limited line of stretch glass with significantly less items than Fenton, Northwood or Imperial.  Vineland’s stretch glass is relatively easy to identify and is in demand among stretch glass collectors today.  Several participants shared news of recent finds of stretch glass confirming that stretch glass is indeed available for purchase by collectors.  Watch this spot for more updates from the Vineland stretch out call in the coming days.

Our next Stretch Out Call will be on May 11, 2017 beginning at 8pm Eastern time, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain and 5pm Pacific Time.  The topic will be contemporary stretch glass made by the Fenton Art Glass Company when they re-introduced stretch glass into their line in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.  Plan now to participate and learn all about “new” stretch glass from our experts.  The call-in number will be 415-464-6800, followed by ID:04211974#.

If you have questions about your stretch glass and would like information from our experts, please send a photo to with your question and we will do our best to respond.

We are looking forward to having you join us on our next Stretch Out Call on May 11, 2017.



SGS Display at The Eastern National Antique Show.  Click on a thumbnail to view full-size image.


The SGS was on-hand at the recent Eastern National Antique Show held in Carlisle, PA on November 18th and 19th.  Bob Henkel, Vice President of the SGS assisted Cal Hackeman, President with set-up of the SGS display.  Bob was also on-hand to greet and chat with those who visited the SGS booth.

Along with the beautiful stretch glass being displayed at our booth, SGS Quarterlies and brochures were distributed as well.  The SGS welcomed 2 new members joining on the spot!  Attendees were able to register to win a very nice topaz opalescent stretch glass bowl.  About 10 dealers, including SGS Members Ed Sawicki and Helen & Bob Jones had stretch glass for sale in their booths.

Many folks attending the show commented on how beautiful stretch glass is.  Several others asked questions about stretch, including some of the dealers in the show who specialize in other types of glass.  Those dealers were very interested in learning more about stretch!

We hope you enjoy these pictures of the beautiful stretch glass that was for sale at the show.  Please note, these pictures are only a sampling of the stretch that was for sale.


Ten dealers, including SGS members Ed Sawicki and Helen & Bob Jones, had stretch glass for sale in their booths. Click on a thumbnail to view the full-size image.




Sales from Stretch Glass Society Convention / Auction Reported by Kovels in their October 2016 Newsletter

Kovels, one of the leading authorities on trends and values in many categories of collectibles and antiques, reported on prices realized for several items at the July 2016 SGS Convention.  Our yearly auction, held in Marietta, OH, was hosted by Tom Burns Auction Service.  This is the first time Kovels has reported information on stretch glass auction sales to their readers.  In addition to reporting on and picturing several of the items sold at our Convention auction, they also included information about our celebration of the 100th anniversary of stretch glass.  Kovels publishes their newsletter monthly; it is available via email and in print to subscribers.  Their Facebook page has over 11,000 followers.  The SGS would like to thank Kovels for reporting on our auction results and for helping us spread the word about stretch glass.  We also want to thank them for granting us permission to use their original published article from October 2016.  Click links to view: the newsletter front page and the article.


Stretch Glass Society - Stretch Out Calls

The Stretch Glass Society recently held a "Stretch Out" Call on Thursday, November 10th.  The topic of discussion was Optic Patterns.  Click here to view photos of examples.

We invite you to join us for future calls!  Calls begin at 8 pm Eastern, 7 Central, 6 Mountain and 5 pm Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 415-464-6800, followed by ID: 04211974#.

Future Calls:

  • February 2, 2017 - Stretch Out Call.  Exploring some of the lesser-known companies that made Stretch, starting with the Vineland Flint Glass Company of Vineland, NJ.
  • May 11, 2017 - Stretch Out Call.  Contemporary Fenton Stretch Glass.

Photos for these calls will be posted closer to the dates for the calls.  We hope you can join us!



Past SGS Co-Presidents, Dave & Renée Shetlar, and current SGS President, Cal Hackeman, presented a seminar at “The Gathering” on Saturday, October 22, 2016, in Cleveland, OH.  They talked about the early days of stretch glass production (1916-1930s) as well as the contemporary production period (1980s-2011) and discussed the various companies which produced stretch glass, the array of colors in which stretch glass is available, the wide assortment of items available in stretch glass and how to use stretch glass to decorate and entertain in 2016.  A display of approximately 60 examples of stretch glass will be available for attendees to admire.



Past SGS Co-Presidents Dave and Renée Shetlar will be the featured Banquet Speakers at the Great Lakes Carnival Glass Club Convention being held on October 27-29, 2016, at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 7501 W. Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, Michigan 48917.  Registration information is available at  Club members will have both carnival and stretch glass for sale and on display.



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, 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 below. To view the photo galleries, click on the thumbnail below or select the SGS 2016 Convention tab, above right.


 2016 Convention - Photo Galleries


Happy 100th Anniversary Stretch Glass!!!

Long time collectors and enthusiasts of stretch glass, Kitty and Russell Umbraco, did a terrific display celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Stretch Glass. Their display was featured recently at The Northern/Central CA Carnival Glass Convention in Fresno, CA on Oct. 7, 2016.
WOW!!!  Let's all celebrate 100 years of stretch from 1916 - 2016.
Wonderful display Kitty and Russell!!


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



The traveling exhibit of 100 examples of stretch glass was 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 featured glass by Cambridge, Heisey, Imperial, Morgantown, Fenton, Duncan Miller, Tiffin, Westmoreland and much, much more.

The show was held at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, Cambridge, Ohio. Exit 176 off interstate 70 on Friday, June 24 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. , Saturday June 25 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

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.



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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. 


Stretch Glass on display at Reno, NV Bottle Show

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