Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Lampworker's vocabulary: glass (P.3)

As I've promised, today I'm going to tell a little bit about glass manufacturers. I've already told that lampworkers mostly use glass COE 104, so this post will be about main manufacturers of this kind of glass - and about some more as well.

Most famous glass manufacturers are Effetre (Moretti) and Vetrofond from Italy. They are the oldest (it's all about history, remember? ;)) and most versatile in sense of color range. Their wide assortments of glass mostly agree - almost all colors have similar numeration and can substitute for each other, however sometimes they have quite different tones. Both of them include standard colors (the list of which can change from time to time though) of transparent, alabaster, opaline, filigree, pastel and special pieces, as well as aventurine and so called odd lots. These manufacturers also provide with hand-pulled glass, quite expensive one, and Effetre also produces a dichroic glass. Glass by Effetre and Vetrofond is considered to be basic, widely-distributed and accessible for both beginners and experienced lampworkers.

Creation is Messy (or CiM) is a young Chinese manufacturer established in 2006, however this means that its glass neither cheap nor of a low quality. They have quite wide range of colors, sometimes really awesome tones, and refresh the palette each year. Moreover, CiM has the most creative names for their colors! You won't find simple 'red' or 'green', but instead can see 'Sangre', 'Valentine' and 'Mahogany' or 'Celadon', 'Elphaba' and 'Slytherin'. This glass is also very pleasant and gentle in work.

Among manufacturers of the striking and reactive glass, I worked with Double Helix, Precision and Trautman Art Glass. All manufacturers are from USA and have quite interesting range of colors and color effects. Double Helix is the family business and produces relatively wide assortment of glass. Precision gives its glasses the names of famous artists, for example, 'Da Vinci' or 'Chagall'. Trautman COE 104 glass is quite rare and not always available at the stores, however quite interesting in sense of tones and color effects, though other kinds of glass by this manufacturer are more common. Double Helix and Precision also produce very expensive clear transparent glass.

There are many more manufacturers, for example, Kugler from Germany with quite small range of COE 104 glass, Ornela/Jablonex from Chech with a wide color assortment, Devardi Glass from India with some very interesting pieces, handmade German Lauscha glass with unique and fantastic tones and superior, non-scummy clear, and some other. You can find glass produced by them in the shops for lampworkers. Moreover, there are also small local manufacturers, like Martezzi in Ukraine with very small lines of glass. Their pieces sometimes can be a little bit unpredictable and vary from batch to batch, but if you want to work with something unusual, make a try!

To take a look at, purchase and order items made of the glass described above in the lampwork technique, please, visit my Etsy store.