Why Collect Art Glass?
Ironically, I was asked this question recently. My first
reaction was to wonder just how this person could be so naive.
Then I realized that many people who don't collect glass may be
naive when it comes to understanding the fascination that we art
glass collectors share.
There are definitely many different reasons that each person
collects art glass, but the one thing we all have in common is
the pure appreciation of artistic perfection. Just looking at
some pieces, for example from Charles Lotton, inspires awe in
the sheer beauty of the work.
Another obvious reason is that beautiful art glass certainly
enhances any decor. From adding additional colors to an
otherwise neutral-colored room to showcasing favorite pieces,
art glass can provide the finishing touches for any room in your
home or office.
A very important reason to collect art glass is for investment.
Quality art glass by artists who have established themselves as
keystones in the industry increases in value over time
(sometimes much more reliably than the stock market). I have
some pieces in my personal collection that have increased
thousands of dollars. In addition to collecting established
artists, keep your eyes open for the up-and-coming glass
artists. Initially, their prices are generally less expensive;
and as they begin to establish themselves in the industry, the
prices of their pieces rise accordingly.