Friday, July 24, 2015, was another busy day at the 2015 Stretch Glass Society (SGS) Convention.  In the morning noted author and researcher, Dave Shetlar, talked with us about Terminology and Techniques used during the Stretch glass era.  A copy of his handout on terminology is available here.  His talk was educational and eye-opening as he described and showed videos of iridescent stretch glass being made at the Fenton Art Glass factory.  If you would like to see these videos, please click here

Following Dave’s seminar we assembled for a delicious lunch for SGS members hosted by Ken and Ellen Stohler.  Lunch was followed by our annual business meeting during which Officers and Directors reported on accomplishments during the past year and goals and objectives for the coming year.  Among the highlights reported were welcoming more than 20 new members from 14 states to the SGS during the past 12 months, several of whom were in attendance at the convention.   Several Directors reported on successful activities during the past year ranging from promoting the SGS via SGS souvenir glass sales on eBay to outreach to depression era and carnival glass clubs to the SGS-sponsored “Stretch out” virtual discussions.  Treasurer Jim Steinbach’s financial report provided members with information on our solid financial position and cash balances as well as the revenues and expenses during our most recent fiscal year which ended on April 30, 2015. 

President CalHackeman updated members on overall accomplishments during 2014-15, the key actions we will be undertaking in 2015-16 as well as the Action Teams responsible for successfully accomplishing those actions.  The 2015-16 Action Plan is available to members in the members section of this website.

During the next year, the SGS will be sponsoring 5 Stretch Out virtual discussions to explore specific types, makers, shapes or colors of iridescent stretch glass.  These calls are scheduled on the 2nd Thursday evenings of October, December, February, April and June – please watch here for further details, photos of the stretch glass we will be discussing and plan to join us beginning at 8pm eastern time for one or all of these educational and fun discussions.  

During 2015-16 the SGS will be offering more iridescent stretch glass for sale.  Watch for details here on how you can add one or several pieces of stretch glass to your collection.    

We will be highlighting the 100th anniversary of the introduction of iridescent stretch glass in America in 1916 with a year-long celebration, “Stretching over 100 Years:  a century of handmade stretch glass in America.”   Watch this website for updates of special activities sponsored by the SGS during 2016 including displays of iridescent stretch glass at a number of depression era and carnival glass shows and conventions and several museums.  To kick off“Stretching over 100 Years:  a century of handmade stretch glass in America” the Stretch Glass Society is offering coaster sets and cutting boards featuring color images of iridescent stretch glass for sale.  Check out the photos of these coasters and cutting boards and order some for your home now! 

At the conclusion of the Annual Membership Meeting three winning raffle tickets were drawn and the convention raffle prizes were presented to the lucky winners. 

With the ‘business’ of the convention complete, everyone turned their attention to Gary Senkar’s presentation of “Insights into Imperial Jewels” and the discussion of the breath-taking SGS ‘club’ display featuring examples of Imperial Jewels stretch glass from several members’ collections.  Be sure to check out additional photos of the Imperial Jewels display below. 

Finally, at 6pm Auctioneer Tom Burns hammered the crowd to order and began selling over 250 lots of spectacular stretch and Fenton glassware, much of which was the highly collectible and sought after Fenton “dolphins.”  Here are a few photos of the treasures sold to the high bidders at the auction.

We hope you have enjoyed being at our convention virtually and look forward to you joining us in person on July 27-29, 2016 when we will once again meet in Marietta, Ohio to celebrate “Stretching over 100 Years:  a century of handmade stretch glass in America.”

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, was a busy day at the Quality Inn – Marietta, Ohio for the nearly 50 Stretch Glass Society members who arrived for the 2015 SGS Convention.  Early in the day members worked to set up the convention ball room.  As noon approached, members began arriving with hundreds of pieces of iridescent stretch glass – both vintage and contemporary.  By late afternoon 10 members had filled their display tables with stretch glass ranging from Imperial stretch glass with wheel cuttings to lemonade and other pitchers & tumble-ups to decorated stretch glass to Northwood Jade Blue stretch glass and more!  Two members displayed their collection of Fenton’s Topaz Curtain Optic vases, pitchers and tumblers.  Check out the photos to see the 2015 member display tables for yourself.  

As afternoon became early evening, SGS member and Imperial researcher, Gary Senkar, with assistance from his wife, Cheryl and others, assembled the largest and most dramatic exhibit of Imperial Jewels stretch glass ever presented in one location.  By Thursday afternoon, after contributions by several SGS members, the Imperial Jewels display would include more than 135 examples of this extraordinary vintage glassware produced initially ca. 1916.  The presentation of Imperials Jewels includes numerous rare pieces including a number of items not included in any known Imperial catalog from the period.  Everyone was in awe over the colors and shapes of the Imperial Jewels on display, as you will be from the photos.

Wednesday’s activities concluded with a fun Welcome Reception hosted by Stephanie Bennet complete with wine, cheese and a variety of desserts. 


Setting Up


Member Displays


 Imperial Jewels

Thursday morning at 9:15am, SGS members lined up to ‘stampede’ into the convention room to make their initial purchases of stretch glass offered for sale by other members.  Dozens of pieces of stretch glass exchanged hands in less than 30 minutes with the excitement continuing on well after the initial buying and selling frenzy.  By 11am members were presenting their displays of stretch glass, explaining how they selected their “selection of similar stretch glass”.  After a relaxing afternoon, nearly all members attending convention assembled for a delicious banquet dinner complete with carved prime rib and tasty desserts.  Following dinner, more than a dozen members shared examples of and discussed their other collections and hobbies ranging from marbles to Indian artifacts to sports cards to curling buttons to roosters, santa clauses, Bakelite flatware, bugs, water pitchers, Greentown and Hanging Hearts glassware, painting, Christmas plates, ancestry research, to slot car racing, hand-painted Buffalo pottery and Early American Pressed Glass.  The variety of hobbies and collections also pursued by SGS members left everyone in amazement of the varied interests of stretch glass collectors. 


Ready For The Stampede