625 Smith Ave
Glass Show Location
Nashville, TN 37203
Contact: Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee

18th Annual Glass Show and Sale
July 15 & 16, 2017
The Fairgrounds Nashville
625 Smith Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Once again this year, on July 15 & 16, 2017, the Exhibitor Building at The Fairgrounds Nashville (formerly Tennessee State Fairgrounds) will be filled with the vibrant colors of American-made glass for the 18th Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale.  Show hours are 10 am. to 5 pm. on Saturday and 11 am. to 3 pm. on Sunday.  Admission is $6 per person and is good for both days.  Parking is free if a show card is presented at the gate.

Nationally known dealers from several states will have a wide variety of American-made glassware and pottery to show and sell.  The glassware will include Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG), elegant glass, depression glass, and mid-century modern glassware. 

Although the show's focus is on glassware, dealers will also have pottery pieces by Shawnee, McCoy, Weller and other American potters. Foesta ware by Homer Laughlin China Company is always well represented at the show.

Each year the show featues a display of items made in a specific glass pattern.  This year the display will highlight the Heirloom pattern by Fostoria Glass Company.  This mid-century modern glass was made from 1959 to 1970 and consists of decorative items such as candlesticks, vases, and bowls.  The pattern was made in solid and opalescent colors.  The solid colors were orange and ruby (i.e. red), and the opalescent colors were blue, green, pink, yellow and white.  The pattern was very modern when manufactured and can still be used in contemporary decors.

Attendees at the show will also have an opportunity to learn at a seminar on a glass topic.  This year's seminar will be at 1 pm. on Saturday and will be presented by Sandra Bridwell-Walker, a long-time glass dealer and an expert on types and uses of glassware.  Her topic will be the ABCs of wrinkled glass and will focus on the differences between patterns of textured glass such as Morgantown's Crinkle and Seneca's Driftwood.  The seminar is free for show attendees.

Most American manufacturers of glassware and pottery are no longer in business.  These defunct manufacturers include EAPG manufacturers such as Northwood, U. S. Glass, etc.  Elegant glass makers include Cambridge, Heisey, Fostoria, Duncan Miller, and Imperial.  Depression glass was made by companies such as Jeannette, Hocking, Hazel-Atlas, MacBeth-Evans, and Federal.  Companies making mid-century modern glassware included Blenko and many studio glass shops.  Mid-century modern has become highly collectible in recent years and dealers are starting to include more pieces in their inventories.

Since glassware manufacturing is no longer a functioning industry in the U.S., the only way to acquire American made glass is at antique shops or glass shows.   This glass from the past may be found at antique shops, on-line auctions, and dedicated glass shows.  Although going to antique shops is entertaining and on-line auctions have lots of variety, glass shows are more effective for serious collectors and decorators who want variety and the opportunity to touch and feel the glassware.  In addition, the dealers are all knowledgeable about glassware and are always willing to share their knowledge with attendees.     

The following dealers have signed up to be at the 2017 show.
Sandi & Dennis Boone, Illinois;
Jerry Laitinen & Jerry Easterla, Iowa
Lorrie Kitchen & Mark Hunter, Ohio
Larry and Brooke Newton, Florida

Sharon & Pat Ervin, Illinois,
Carolyn & Glen Robinson, South Carolina

Linda & David Adams, Nevada
Sandy Bridwell-Walker, Ohio
Ray & Paula Mahoney, Florida
Jodi & Mark Uthe, Iowa
Art & Shirley Moore, Oklahoma
Rosemary Trietsch, New York
Neila & Benny Brewer, Texas
Helen & Bob Jones, West Virginia

     The Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee is a chapter of the Fostoria Glass Society of America.  Proceeds from the show are used to support the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville, WV, and other museums and programs devoted to preserving the history and heritage of American-made glassware. 

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