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!

Thank You, Stretch Glass Society Members, for your 2018 membership renewals.

Your Board of Directors appreciates your continuing commitment, support and enthusiasm for the promotion and preservation of stretch glass and The Stretch Glass Society, the ONLY organization exclusively devoted to American Iridescent Stretch Glass.

Our next event is a Stretch-Out Discussion of Late Period Fenton Stretch Glass. Please join us on February 8, 2018, beginning at 8pm when experts Sarah Plummer, Dave Shetlar and Kitty and Russell Umbraco will discuss Rosemilk Opalescent, Aquamarine Opalescent, Aubergine, Red and Ruby Amberina stretch glass. This is a virtual event – all you need to participate is your phone! Details and photos will be posted here soon. We look forward to you joining us for an informative, fun discussion of this late period stretch glass.

If you have not renewed your membership at this time we are unable to provide you with future issues of The Stretch Glass Society Quarterly, the 2018 Convention Registration mailing, announcements of future Stretch-Out Discussion calls and other membership benefits, including access to past issues of The Quarterly and Fenton Company catalogs posted in the Members section of our website.  Thank you for your past interest and support.  We will miss you and hope you will re-join us soon.  Memberships may be renewed by returning your membership renewal request from Jim Steinbach, Treasurer, with payment to:  Treasurer, The Stretch Glass Society, PO Box 117, Sunbury, OH 43074 or by clicking here to renew your membership online.  Membership renewal is only $18 if you receive your SGS Quarterly by email or $28 if you receive your SGS Quarterly by US Mail.

December 2017 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 December issue of The SGS Quarterly was mailed or emailed to all members and subscribers recently.  The issue includes news from the recent Tom & Debra Burns All Stretch Glass auction on November 19th which saw record prices paid for several rare examples of stretch glass.  There is also an early glimpse at the seminars and other activities planned for the 2018 Annual Convention and Show and an in-depth, informative and educational feature by noted author and researcher, Dave Shetlar, on “Stretch Glass Guest or Night Sets, Tumble-ups, and Confusing Pitchers.” The front page of the Quarterly features photographs from members showing how they use their stretch glass for holiday entertaining.  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 December issue of The Quarterly?  You can now join The Stretch Glass Society on-line 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 December, 2017, issue of The Quarterly plus all issues in 2018 plus all the benefits of membership in The Stretch Glass Society, all for only $18.  SGS Memberships also make great holiday gifts for friends and family interested in learning about stretch glass. 

SGS recognized by GuideStar with Bronze Seal

The Stretch Glass Society was recently recognized for our transparency with a Bronze Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile! GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits.

In order to get the Bronze Seal, The Stretch Glass Society shared important information with the public using our profile on www.guidestar.org. Now our community members and potential donors can find out more about our mission and programs. Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think.

2017-18 Discussion Schedule Announced

Future Stretch Out Calls You Won’t Want To Miss

The Stretch Out calls have become so popular, that we decided to expand from 3 to 6 calls!

If you have never joined a call, try it!  You can just be a listener or join in on the discussion as you enjoy the experts and other "enthusiasts."  There are always beautiful photos of the items to be discussed.

  • October 12, 2017 -- Late Period (1970-2011) Overview, Part 2
    Fenton Line:  Stiegel Green, Sunset, Green Apple, Celeste Blue
  • November 9, 2017 -- Early Period (1916-1933)
    Production from smaller companies:  Lancaster
  • February 8, 2018 -- Late Period (1970-2011) Overview, Part 3
    Fenton Line:  Rosemilk Opalescent, Aquamarine Opalescent, Aubergine, Red, Ruby Amberina
  • March 8, 2018 - Early Period (1916-1933)
    US Glass lines or colors - Transparent colors
    (The next series will include US Glass lines or colors - Opaque/translucent colors)
  • April 12, 2018 - Late Period (1970-2011)
    Fenton glass made for QVC
  • May 10, 2018 - Early Period (1916-1933)
    Production from smaller companies:  Jeannette and Central
  • Additional Stretch Out Discussions will be announced for the second half of 2018.  If you have a topic you would like us to discuss, please email your suggestion to DirectorMA@stretchglasssociety.org

Join us to learn all about this beautiful glass, to ask questions and share your finds.

The calls are at 8 pm Eastern, 7 Central, 6 Mountain and 5 Pacific time.

The call-in number is 415-464-6800, followed by ID: 04211974#.

The call information is also posted under Events / Stretch Glass Discussions.

Approximately one week prior to the call, an email reminder and photos of the glass to be discussed will be sent to members who have given us their email address. If we don’t have your email address and you would like to receive the reminder and photos, please send your email to info@stretchglasssociety.org and ask to receive photos for the particular stretch out call. 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 questions and we will do our best to respond.

For a PDF (printable) version of this schedule, click here.

 

As participation on The Stretch Glass Society Stretch-Out Calls continues to increase, we want to make certain everyone has an enjoyable and educational experience.  With this in mind, we encourage you to call (415) 464-6800 (the phone # where the conference will be hosted) a few minutes before the announced start time.  Join the call with conference code 04211974#.  When you join the call, please identify yourself by providing your name.  Our moderator will welcome you and will be compiling a list of all participants.  We will begin our Stretch-Out discussion promptly at 8pm Eastern Time.  At that time, the names of all participants will be announced by the Moderator.  If circumstances prevent you from joining the call prior to 8pm, you are welcome to join the call "in process," but please refrain from identifying yourself when you join us.  This will allow the Stretch-Out discussion to continue for the benefit of everyone.  Those joining the call in-process will have an opportunity to identify themselves at the conclusion of the call.

For additional information about participating in the discussions, please click here.

Stretch Glass Society Acquires Fenton Moulds

The Stretch Glass Society is now the proud owner of the original Fenton Art Glass Company moulds for the Melon Rib #847 bowl and cover and the #1532 twin dolphin candy jar and cover.  The purchase of these moulds was made possible by a very generous contribution to The SGS several months ago.

For full story and photos, click here.

November Stretch-Out Call REPORT

Early Period Lancaster Stretch Glass
Discussed on November 9, 2017.

On November 9, 2017, The Stretch Glass Society hosted an in-depth discussion of early period stretch glass made by Lancaster Glass Company of Lancaster, Ohio. Lancaster was one of nine glass companies which produced iridescent stretch glass during the early period (1916-1933). Their stretch glass is distinctive because of the colors and finishes in which it was produced. Russell and Kitty Umbraco and Dave Shetlar were the experts for the evening.

For the full report, click here.

Scroll farther down the home page for the full 2017-2018 Stretch Out Call schedule as well as instructions for participants.