A personal collection and
observations on Art Glass

PLEASE NOTE: I do not give valuations!

New Books

Recommended Books!

Chance Expressions now reprinted!

To purchase the second edition, got to the Cortex Design web site

Blue Henry

A new book by Ivo Haanstra on the blue glass sputum flask! These very rare bottles are now becoming highly collectable and will sometimes fetch over £100 on eBay. See Cortex Design for details on how to purchase, and the web site for more details of the book.

Also (links to ChanceGlass web site):
Lighthouses by Toby Chance & Peter Williams
A History of Glassmaking in London by David C Watts

Blue Henry
Blue Henry

Glass Made Transparent

A practicle guide to French art glass by Gallé, Daum and Schneider. Also available on Kindle!

This book explains what you ought to know before you purchase a French art glass vase vase. It describes what you should look for with all its hidden traps. You will be able to see whether a vase has been altered, reduced in size or whether it is a fake or genuine. It is possible that you could have in your collection a diminished vase or a reproduction without realising it. The photographs of genuine vases pictured in this book are applied with a green dot whilst the photographs of imperfect or fake vases are applied with a red triangle.

Glass Made GTransparent, by Tiny Esveld

British Glass!

Two fabulous books by Charles Hajdamach, both of which are essential for any collector of British glass.

Charles' new book 20th Century British Glass is a monumental achievement and is THE book to purchase.

For collectors of 19th century British glass, then consider purchasing Charles' original volume, British Glass, 1800-1914

New Books available:

Chance Expressions
Available Now: The History of Domestic Glassware from Chance Brothers.

Chance Additions
Available soon: A supplement to Chance Expressions, which adds even more information.

Scotland's Glass: 400 Years of Glassmaking
Now available: A new book celebrating the 400 years of Scottish glassmaking, 1610-2010.

Chance Expressions - book coverScotland's Glass: 400 Years of Glassmaking

A History of Glassmaking in London

A new book by Dr. David Watts, editor of The Glass Circle.

The Glass ZooGlass Zoo

A new site that will keep growing as more 'inmates' are found.

If you collect glass animals of any type, this will be the place to visit. You can also submit your own critters!

Visit the Zoo!


It is not meant to be a definitive collection, nor will I ever claim to be an expert; more an enthusiastic amateur. This site does not make claims to contain items that are especially "valuable" either!

Instead, the collection contains items that can be quite common-place, but appeal to me; glass that is either intriguing, beautiful, mysterious, or just totally weird! Included are also some observations and (dare I say it?) 'findings' on glass. Probably not original findings, but ones that might be difficult to find elsewhere and could prove useful to someone. Somewhere.

All credit is given to people who have helped with links to appropriate web sites in the Links page.

Oh, and the fish. Don't forget the fish...

Is any of the Glass for Sale?

Some of the glass shown on this site is for sale but most is definitely not. If you have any queries about any piece, please just ask!


Not normally. I acknowledge my experience is not good enough to offer a service and the fast-moving trends seen on eBay mean it could never be a reliable service. "It's worth exactly what someone is prepared to pay" is a very good adage!

Copyright & Use of Photographs

All the photogaphs within this web site are copyright © and may not be used without express permission. However, I would normally have no objection to the use of any photo providing the use is appropriate and due acknowledgement is given. Please just ask.

Certain pages have no information at present — just poke around.


Glass containing Selenium exposed to Ultraviolet light


Did I say "Weird"?
Mtarfa 'Cobra' vases — we originally named them 'Intestine' vases!

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