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

19th Annual Glass Show and Sale
July 21-22, 2018
The Fairgrounds Nashville
625 Smith Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

The 19th Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale will be held on July 21 &22, at The Fairgrounds Nashville (formerly Tennessee State Fairgrounds)  The show will be in the Exhibitor Building which will be filled with the American-made glassware and pottery.  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. 

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 were at the 2017 show and many are expected to return this year. 
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
Cecil & Sharyn Taylor, Texas
Helen & Bob Jones, West Virginia

The attached photos are from the 2017 show.  Dealers are expected to bring similar glassware and pottery to this year's show.

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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