When elderly people in our acquaintance die or are moved along to the nursing home and their relatives don't know what to do with the ugly* colourful art glass, my name is instantly suggested.
Interestingly, when dividing up the Waterford or Lalique, my name never comes up...
Yes, I am the beneficiary of other people's misfortune. It is a terrible way to acquire one's collection of art glass vases.
Here are just some of the pieces obtained in this way:
Green and amber rippled art glass. It gives off the most striking reflection and is very heavy. I'm not sure whether it is English, Japanese or Italian.
Small Anchor Hocking ruby red bud vases. Really cute with fresh geraniums. I've got two of these.
Mint green and white milk glass vase. Unusually ugly, therefore a sentimental favourite
Orange and cream urn. The boys are fond of its orangeness
My most favourite piece is the ruby red soda glass vase designed by Geoffrey Baxter for Whitefriars in the 1960s. The soda glass series was based on light fitting shapes. It still has the orginal price of $9.95 from Myer on the bottom of it.
They are an eclectic mix but I like them all because they are so unusual in shape, colour and design. Not only do they add easy colour to the home, they are also beautifully made.
People shouldn't be so eager to get rid of it.
*Please note: I do not consider any of the art glass to be ugly. Really.