The Stretch Glass Society is an avid group of Stretch Glass collectors. Our goals are to help preserve this beautiful glass and the history of its manufacture as part of our American heritage, to educate the public as to its existence, to promote an appreciation of collecting this type of glass -- and to have fun while doing all of the above!

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.  Please scroll down for a full schedule of events.

Giving Stretch Glass The Green Light is our theme for this year’s gathering which will feature your green stretch glass in our Club Display.  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.  "It's not easy being green,” according to Kermit the frog.  But it is easy to be green stretch glass.  From Green Ice to Nile Green to Emerald Green to Florentine Green and Russet, we have a green for everyone and every occasion.  Every day has opportunities to learn:  from members discussing their displays to Kitty & Russell’s banquet talk on their rare and unusual stretch glass from many years of collecting.  Dave will teach us how to determine which of the nine companies produced our bowls and show us which black base goes with each one.  Bob Stein will show us how various glass objects are made when he discusses and shows us some of his “progressive sets” of Fenton glass.  And there is always something to be learned from Tom Burns’ auction on Friday night!

An important part of learning is being “in touch” with stretch glass and stretch glass enthusiasts.  We learn much from each other and learning about stretch glass is so much better when you hold the glass in your hand, look at the mould lines, check out the base and see the color.  There is no substitute for being with the glass.  “Give the Green Light” to coming to convention this year and experience the joy and excitement of stretch glass first-hand.

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

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March 2017 Stretch Glass Society Quarterly Now Available

Dear SGS Friends,

Here's your March SGS Quarterly, hot off the press. When you read Vickie's article about this year's convention, and Pam's about the great time she had at last year's, you'll want to mark your calendars for July 26-28, and make your reservations early.  Time flies!  

Dave's article on Vineland stretch glass expands upon what we learned in the February Stretch Out Call. And, as noted in Mary Elda's announcement, our May 11th call will, for the first time, focus on Fenton's contemporary stretch glass. Again -- mark your calendars! Perhaps some of us, like Sarah and her daughter, and our younger Fenton-collecting friends, first fell in love with this "new" stretch glass. Can love of our vintage stretch be far behind?

V.P. Bob takes us on a vicarious winter trip to the Tampa Bay Carnival Glass Convention, and he and President Cal fill us in on club business and upcoming appearances of our SGS ambassadors -- perhaps at a location near you.

Happy Spring!  

Stephanie Bennett, SGS Newsletter Editor

 

Wake County (NC) Public Library Temporary Exhibit

Stretch glass is featured in a new temporary exhibit at the Wake County (NC) Public Library and Information Center in Wake Forest, NC. The stretch glass on exhibit was selected and arranged by SGS member Jeff Hodges III.

 

The display joins a series of monthly displays highlighting various art forms which previously showcased Jeff's pottery creations. We thank Jeff for identifying this opportunity for us to educate visitors to this busy facility about stretch glass and The Stretch Glass Society.

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STRETCH GLASS SOCIETY APPEArs IN APRIL 2017 ISSUE OF JOURNAL OF ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES

The Stretch Glass Society is making several appearances in the April issue of The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles. SGS will have the ad shown to the left 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.

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Stretch Glass display at Eastern National Antique Show – May 5 & 6, 2017

The Stretch Glass Society will be exhibiting stretch glass, providing information on stretch glass and the SGS and offering stretch glass ID at the Eastern National Antique Show in Carlisle, PA on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 2017.  Our booth will be located in “Club Hall” at the entrance to the Show.  President Cal Hackeman and Vice President Bob Henkel will be available during show hours to speak with persons interested in stretch glass or seeking identification of their stretch glass. 

You are invited to come to the Eastern National Antique Show, one of the leading antique and glass shows in the US.  Exhibitors are expected to offer a wide range of stretch glass, EAPG, depression-era glass, cut glass, art glass and more for sale.  At previous shows buyers have been able to acquire hard to find as well as readily available stretch glass at competitive prices.  For more information on the show, please visit their website.

The Stretch Glass Society thanks the show promoters for allowing us to set up and provide information on stretch glass to show attendees.  We look forward to seeing you at our booth and wish you “good hunting” at the show.

Learn about contemporary stretch glass from the experts

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 info@stretchglasssociety.org 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.

Stretch Glass to be featured at Duncan Glass Show, July 21-23, 2017

Stretch glass will be on display at the 42nd Annual Duncan Miller Glass Show, produced by The National Duncan Glass Society from July 21-23, 2017 in Washington, PA. Helen and Bob Jones will be setting up the stretch glass exhibit. If you're in the area, be sure to check out the exhibit as well as the rest of the show to be held at Washington County Fairgrounds, 2151 North Main Street, Washington, PA 15301.

STRETCH GLASS SOCIETY OFFERS CUTTING BOARDS AND COASTERS FEATURING FULL COLOR PHOTOS OF STRETCH GLASS

To kick off “Stretching over 100 Years:  a century of handmade stretch glass in America” in 2016, the Stretch Glass Society introduced coaster sets and cutting boards featuring color images of iridescent stretch glass for sale.  Although the 100-year anniversary celebration has ended, it's still possible to acquire these items.  Check out the photos of these coasters and cutting boards and order some for your home now!

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