|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.
Please click here Books on Contemporary Carnival Glass to view books about Contemporary Carnival Glass.
Elaine Blair, from the Texas Carnival Glass Club, maintains a listing of classic era carnival glass patterns that have been reproduced in the contemporary era. See it here.
|Contemporary Pieces by Maker or Distributor:|
|Antique Publication||Hansen Brothers||Millville Art Glass||St. Clair Art Glass|
|Contemporary Pieces by Shape:|
|Baskets||Covered Pieces||Mugs and Steins||Table and Breakfast Sets|