2016 SGS 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.

 

View of Convention Room During 2016 Convention

 

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.  Click on each photo to view corresponding gallery.

 
2016 Club Display

2016 Club Display

2016 Convention Room and Display Tables

2016 Convention Room and Display Tables

Thursday Night Banquet with Speaker Dave Fetty

Thursday Night Banquet with Speaker Dave Fetty

Annual Convention Auction

Annual Convention Auction

2016 Convention Room During Reception

2016 Convention Room During Reception

Talk by Nancy and George Fenton on Stretch Glass

Talk by Nancy and George Fenton on Stretch Glass

Ideas for Using Stretch Glass for Entertaining

Ideas for Using Stretch Glass for Entertaining

 

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!