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!

New E-Membership Special Offer

Through July 31, 2019, the Stretch Glass Society is making a special offer for new E-membership applicants. For $20.00 your new E-membership will be active through December 31, 2020.  A normal E-membership is $18.00 for a calendar year (January to December). This gives you up to an extra eight months of membership for only $2.00.

As a Stretch Glass Society member, you will receive:

  • Four Quarterly Newsletters per year with the latest stretch information and special articles. Each issue features a technical article by David Shetlar;

  • Access to the members only section of the SGS website containing...

    • forty-four years of SGS newsletters filled with in-depth articles and photos;

    • an archive of Fenton catalogs, ads and promotional materials from 1940 to 2013;

    • and more;

  • Optional listing and receipt of our annual SGS membership directory.

Click here to take advantage of this special offer.


Check Out Videos from Past Conventions

SGS 2018 Convention: Center-Handled Servers by Dave Shetlar

These videos from prior years are not only great sources of information on stretch glass, they also provide insight into the types of presentations you will see at this year’s convention.

The SGS would like to thank Galen and Kathi Johnson, who provided most of the 2017 and 2018 videos.

To view the full collection, click here.

Registration now open!

The SGS 45th Annual Convention & Stretch Glass Show

“Stretch Glass: Then and Now”
July 24-26, 2019
Marietta, Ohio

Plan now to be with us in Marietta this July! We know you look forward to catching up with your friends and fellow collectors as well as welcoming our new members and collectors. There will be ample time to do just that along with opportunities to learn from educational seminars and demonstrations, shop for stretch glass and participate in our Annual Business Meeting. Please take a look at the schedule of events for all the details.

Pam Steinbach is organizing the Club Display featuring bed and bath items. If you have one or more of these items, please bring them with you and add them to what promises to be another breathtaking exhibition. Our incredible Club Displays are incredible because of your incredible stretch glass which you share with all of us. What will you bring to share this year?

Tim Foozer, from the Vaseline Glass Collectors, Inc., will be our banquet speaker. His topic will be The Changing Forms of Vaseline Glass. He is passionate about preserving our heritage in glass making and will be sharing his knowledge with members of the Stretch Glass Society. You won’t want to miss them or our tasty prime rib banquet, so join us for dinner as well.

Please check out our fundraiser glass and buy a ticket (or several) to be eligible to win one or more of the items. You do not have to be present to win; we pay the shipping to get the glass to you if you are a winner.

Once again this year, you have the option to register and pay for the convention online!  Click the link below; choose the events in which you will be participating and pay using your credit card.  You can help us by registering before the deadline of July 1, 2019.   Please consider making a donation to help with the costs of convention and/or a donation to the Bill Crowl Education Fund to support our outreach and educational activities along with our purchases of stretch glass for our educational seminars.  And remember to book your hotel room ASAP by calling (740) 374-8190.  Please tell them you are with The Stretch Glass Society to get our convention rate of $69.99 plus tax per night.

Thank you for your membership in and support of The Stretch Glass Society. We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Convention & Show in July.

Download member registration packet

Click here to register online.


June 2019 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 2019 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 March 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.

Peach State Depression Glass Club 43rd Annual Show Slated for July 27-28, 2019

The Peach State Depression Glass Club (PSDGC) 43rd Annual Collectible Glass Show and Sale is scheduled for July 27th and 28th in Marietta, GA. The Club sponsors this annual show and sale to draw attention to the beautiful American made glass from the 1800s through the depression era and into the mid-century – glass that can be used to decorate your home. Lamps, vases, candy dishes, console bowls and candlesticks all add charm to open spaces; whereas stems, dishes, and serving pieces provide beautiful and impressive table settings for everyday use or on festive occasions. The PSDGC invites 28 national exhibitors to share their collections of glass, pottery, kitchenware and knowledge with you. They can help you find that sought-after piece for your collection or provide you with a nice gift for a friend. We are pleased to help promote this show – there might be some stretch glass for sale there, so if you are in the area, please check it out.


NDGA June-July newsletter features part 2 of piece on patterns and optics in stretch glass

 

The Stretch Glass Society thanks the National Depression Glass Association (NDGA) for showcasing stretch glass in its newsletter News & Views. The June-July 2019 issue features Part Two of a three-part article written by SGS President Cal Hackeman about stretch glass patterns and optics. Similar to SGS, access to the full newsletter is restricted to current NDGA members, but you can download a limited version with just this article by clicking here or on the front page image. Part Three of the article will appear in the next issue of the NDGA newsletter.

To learn more about the NDGA, visit ndga.net.

 

Bedroom and Bath Stretch Glass To Be Featured in 2019 SGS Club Display

The Fenton Art Glass Company did their best to appeal to a broad market of consumers during the early period of stretch glass production (1916-mid-1930’s).  In addition to candleholders, bowls, plates, vases, and many other items targeted to shoppers and gift buyers, they also produced an extensive line of items for use in bedrooms, on vanities and in the baths of the period.  Today these items are of interest to stretch glass and other collectors.  Apparently, bedroom and bath items were not made in large quantities as they are hard to find and, in some cases, rare in today’s market.  As usual, color and shape combine to determine market demand and pricing – an item in Celeste Blue may be more desirable than the same item in Florentine Green or Topaz, despite Celeste Blue being among the more available colors of stretch glass.

The 2019 SGS Club Display will feature a fabulous display of colognes, bath salt jars, powder puffs, tumble-ups, small fan vases, guest sets and more.  The Display will include items in all known colors and in all, or nearly all, of the shapes known.  Members of The Stretch Glass Society combine stretch glass from their myriad collections to produce this annual stretch glass extravaganza.  Viewing is free to all who are interested on Thursday, July 25, and Friday morning, July 26, 2019, at the 2019 Stretch Glass Society Convention in Marietta, OH.  Previous Club Displays have showcased hundreds of rare and unusual items within a central theme.  The 2019 Club Display is expected to do the same.  If you have an interest in stretch glass or bedroom and bath items, this is a presentation you will not want to miss.  For further information on our 2019 Convention and Stretch Glass Show or to register to attend, see the registration link below.

Click here to register online.


Dave Fetty Mosaic Vase To Be Sold At 2019 Convention

Several years ago, The Stretch Glass Society acquired this beautiful Mosaic Vase made by Dave Fetty when he was at Fenton.  Dave made lots of glass, but he didn’t make lots of these vases.   In addition to the colorful mosaic, Dave used ruby glass in this vase.   You have seen this vase on display if you were at Convention in 2018.  Now you have a chance to take the vase home with you at the end of the 2019 Convention.  Tom and Debra Burns will sell this Dave Fetty original during their auction on Friday afternoon.  All proceeds will benefit The Stretch Glass Society.

Click each image to enlarge to full size. To register for the 2019 Convention, see the registration link below.


 2019 Convention Fundraiser Items Revealed

Fenton Early Period Celeste Blue Powder Puff

Fenton Late Period Marigold Big Butterfly Crimped Bowl

 

Fenton Late Period Celeste Blue Daisy & Button Crimped Bowl

Buy a ticket (or several) to be eligible to win one or more of these items. You do not have to be present to win; we pay the shipping to get the glass to you if you are a winner. See the following registration link to purchase tickets.

Click here to register online.


Full Report Published on May 9 Discussion of Early Period US Glass Opaque Stretch Glass

Check out the Deluxe Edition Review of the May 9, 2019 discussion of Early Period US Glass Opaque Stretch Glass.
To view the document with photos discussed during the call, click here.

Collectors interested in iridescent stretch glass who have joined our discussions are saying how very informative and educational they are.

NDGA newsletter features piece on patterns and optics in stretch glass

 

The National Depression Glass Association has released their April-May 2019 newsletter featuring part 1 of a three-part article written by SGS President Cal Hackeman about stretch glass patterns and optics. Similar to SGS, access to the full newsletter is restricted to current NDGA members.

Part 2 of the article will appear in the next issue of the NDGA newsletter.

 

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.

The Stretch Glass Society Establishes Bill Crowl Memorial Education Fund

Click for:  Press Release

Bill Crowl

Bill Crowl

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.

Shopping on Amazon.com can help SGS

If you shop on Amazon.com, you could be supporting The Stretch Glass Society every time you shop by signing up for Amazon’s Smile program.  How does it work?  Amazon.com offers all of its customers the opportunity to select their favorite charity for a donation from Amazon Smile from every purchase they make.  There is no cost to you, the shopper, and shopping through Amazon Smile is exactly the same as shopping on Amazon.com – except your favorite charity benefits.  What do you need to do?  The next time you are shopping on Amazon.com, click on Amazon Smile and enter the Stretch Glass Society as your favorite charity – we are already in Amazon’s database of charities.  From that point on, sign on to Amazon Smile to do your shopping.  For every purchase you make, Amazon Smile will contribute .5% of the purchase price to The Stretch Glass Society.  Several members of The Stretch Glass Society have already signed up and we have already started receiving payments from AmazonSmile.  Once you sign up, you can also ask your friends and business colleagues to select The Stretch Glass Society as their favorite charity and increase your support for us.