Contemporary Carnival Glass
Contemporary Carnival Glass is defined as pressed or blown moulded iridized glass made in the 1960s through today. The Hansen brothers may have been the first to iridize glass in their shops. This was quickly followed by Imperial and Fenton as the collecting of classic era carnival (1907 to 1930) was gaining popularity. Small art studios, making art glass and paperweights, soon made or had made for them carnival to stock their gift shops. Wholesale glass distributors ordered carnival glass to sell to retailers. The peak of contemporary carnival glass was probably the 1970s and 1980s. However, some companies soon started to close, like Imperial in 1984, due to foreign competition and increased production costs. Today only Mosser Glass in Ohio continues to make some pressed carnival. Iridized art glass also continues to be made but this is not to be considered carnival as it is not moulded glass.

Contemporary glass may have been made from classic era molds which would mean these pieces were really reissues (or reproductions). But much of contemparary carnival glass was made from newer molds and thus new patterns. Unfortunately some made contemporary carnival in an attempt to fool buyers into thinking they were purchasing older glass and these have to be called fakes.

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Contemporary Pieces by Maker or Distributor:
Antique Publication

Big Pine Key

Boyd

Degenhart

Federal Glass Co.

Fenton

Fenton Collectibles

Gibson Art Glass

Guernsey Art Glass

Hansen Brothers

Holly City Bottle

Imperial

Imported

Indiana

L.E. Smith Glass

Levay

L.G. Wright Glass

Millville Art Glass

MIMI

Mirror Images

MLT Glass

Mosser

Northwood

Pisello Art Glass

Rosso Glass

E. Ward Russell

St. Clair Art Glass

Singleton Bailey

Summit Art Glass

Terry Crider

Weishar Glass

Westmoreland Glass

Wetzel Glass

Wheaton Art Glass


Contemporary Pieces by Shape:
Baskets

Bells

Bowls

Candlesticks

Club Souvenirs

Compotes

Covered Pieces

Covered Animals

Fairy Lights

Goblets and Wines

Lamps

Miniatures

Mugs and Steins

Monthly Collectibles

Novelties

Paperweights

Plates

Punch Sets

Table and Breakfast Sets

Toothpick Holders

Tumblers

Vases

Water Sets, Pitchers