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!
How are Stretch Glass and Depression Glass related?
SGS President Cal Hackeman's essay "Stretch Glass -- The Older Sibling," describing how stretch glass is related to depression glass, was published in the June-July 2018 issue of the National Depression Glass Association (NDGA) newsletter News & Views. We would like to thank the NDGA for allowing us to repost the article on our website.
To read the full article, click here.
June 2018 issue of The Stretch Glass Society Quarterly released
Stretch glass enthusiasts now have a new issue of The SGS Quarterly to explore for news, updates and informative articles on American Iridescent Stretch Glass. The June 2018 issue of The SGS Quarterly was mailed or emailed to all members and subscribers recently. Check out the featured pages here.
Not a member of The Stretch Glass Society but interested in learning more about stretch glass and seeing what else is included in the June issue of The Quarterly? You can now join The Stretch Glass Society online and get access to this and all past issues of The Quarterly plus lots more information on stretch glass. Go here to sign up today. Your membership includes the June 2018 issue of The Quarterly plus future 2018 issues plus all the benefits of membership in The Stretch Glass Society, all for only $18.
Full Report Published on April 12 Discussion of Late Period Fenton Made for QVC
This was our fourth discussion on the topic of late period stretch glass (1970-2011). In our previous calls, in May and October 2017, and February 2018, we discussed Fenton in-line colors as found on their catalogue pages. In the April call we switched to the less well-known colors that were made exclusively for QVC. The Fenton Glass Company started selling glass on QVC in the late 1980’s. Shortly thereafter, stretch glass was introduced to the QVC buying public.
2018 Convention registration now open!
Registration is now open for the 44th Annual Convention and Stretch Glass Show, “Stretch Glass Should Be More Than a Collection,” July 25-27, 2018 in Marietta, Ohio. Click here to register online.
You can also download the 2018 SGS Convention Registration Packet, which includes an introduction letter from the 2018 Convention Team, the Convention Schedule of Events, and more information about the 2018 Convention Fundraiser.
Early Period Central and Jeannette discussed in May 10 Stretch-Out Call
Early Period Central and Jeannette was the topic of our Stretch-Out call on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 8 pm Eastern. We discussed the photos in this document on the call.
This was our fourth discussion on the topic of lesser-known companies that were producing stretch glass from 1916 to 1933. On May 10 we discussed the production from two of the ‘minor’ glass companies, Central Glass Works (Wheeling, Pennsylvania) and Jeannette Glass Company (Jeannette, Pennsylvania).
Central appears to have used a single bowl mold, but shaped the mold into many forms. They also made two sizes of trumpet-shaped candle holders. Some of their pieces have gold glue-chip decoration. In contrast Jeannette used several bowl molds. They also made handled servers with unique handle shapes. Both companies used a multitude of different colors.
Watch this space for a full report on the discussion which will be published soon!
SGS Featured at Eastern National Antiques Show
The Stretch Glass Society was front and center at the Eastern National Antique Show on May 4-5, 2018 in Carlisle, PA. We featured Center Handled Servers to promote our annual convention club display. VP Bob set a table for dinner to show how stretch glass can be used with other china and glass. Stretch Out Discussion Deluxe Report Editions were available to visitors at our booth along with recent issues of the SGS Quarterly. Our booth also included a new stand up banner promoting membership in the SGS.
Full Report Published on March 8 Discussion of Early Period U.S. Glass
This was our third discussion on the topic of stretch glass by lesser-known companies that were operating in the early period of stretch glass production. The first call in February 2017 featured the lesser-known company of Vineland Flint Glass Company. In November we explored another of the companies - Lancaster Glass Company. In the March 8, 2018 call, we focused on U. S. Glass Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This company produced the widest range of stretch glass. It seems like there are distinctive, related groupings with some lines being represented by certain colors. This call featured the transparent colors -- ones you can see through.
The Stretch Glass Society Establishes Bill Crowl Memorial Education Fund
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The Stretch Glass Society Board of Directors has established the Bill Crowl Memorial Education Fund. A generous initial donation will allow us to begin to immediately utilize the fund to provide educational activities related to stretch glass. The Fund also reminds collectors and future stretch glass enthusiasts of the many contributions Bill made to the rise of stretch glass as a recognized and appreciated category of antique and collectible glassware. Bill was among the Founders and Charter Members of The Stretch Glass Society, a life-long and a Life Member of the Society. The Fund will be managed by the Stretch Glass Society, a tax-exempt public educational charity under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3).
For full information or to donate online, click here.
Glass Making Process Described
The Stretch Glass Society is grateful to David Adams for granting us permission to share his article "What goes into the making of glass?" which appeared in the December 2017 / January 2018 issue of the National Depression Glass Association’s News & Views Newsletter, Mark Buersmeyer, Editor. We thank Mark and the NDGA for their assistance in obtaining David’s permission for us to include this article among our technical information posts. Click here to read the article, or select "The Making of Glass" under "Stretch Glass" in the top navigation.
BILL CROWL ITEMS AUCTIONED MARCH 24-25, 2018
About 800 boxes of items belonging to the late Bill Crowl, including stretch glass, Fenton glass, Imperial glass and more, were auctioned by Randy Clark Auctioneers over the weekend of March 24-25, 2018.
Click here for more details and photos.