Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tibitu Glass - Taylor Backes Glass Artists - Hand Blown Glass

Tibtu Glass was established in 2002 by William Dexter and Etta Boettger. Tibitu glass is a collaborative work of Taylor Backes Glass Artists. Tibitu Glass is located in Boyertown PA. Tibitu is a workshop studio focusing on the celebration of designers and craftsman with a united goal of creating unique, original design and excellence in craftsmanship.

Artist and designer William Dexter’s work is exhibited in museums throughout the world, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The American Craft Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass. His work is also exhibited at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Japan and the Glasmuseum Wertheim Germany.

Will Dexter is known for his massive sculptural vessels magnified by dynamic swirling forms of color among precious dichroic glass. Dichroic glass is a very thin glass which was developed for high technology applications. Dichroic glass has the ability to transmit one color while reflecting another.

I have attached pictures of a few pieces of Tibitu Glass which I have in my possession. Enjoy their exquisite beauty.

Saturday, June 1, 2013


Under the watchful eyes of Harry Northwood and with funding from investors from Ohio and West Virginia Imperial Glass Company was formed. The first glass for the Imperial Glass Company was produced in January of 1904.

Imperial Glass as with many other companies experienced hard times during the depression. Imperial filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in 1931. Through some tough years Imperial survived, creating such new patterns as Cape Code and Candlewick. Candlewick was introduced in 1937 and became an even greater success than Cape Cod.

The elegant Candlewick pattern was made by the Imperial Glass Company of Belaire Ohio from 1937 to 1984. Production of this elegant pattern continued for almost 40 years. It has been my experience that lovers of Candlewick take very good care of their glass. Even though most of the Candlewick glass is 40 or more years old it looks barely used in most cases with very little utensil wear.

I have attached some pictures for your viewing pleasure.