Select Meeting Recaps

2020, December 9

Program: Settings Standards - Decades of Glassmaking in New England
Presented by Jay Rogers

2020, November 11

Program: Lamps and Lighting
Presented by Founders Member Art Green

2020, October 14

Program: American Children's Glass
Presented by Founders Member Amy Boches

2020, March 11

AM Program: "Candlesticks"
Led by Member Jean Herbert of Founders Chapter

PM Program: "The Little Glass Factory That Could"
Presented by Diane Tobin, Author and 20+ year Meriden resident
The Meriden Flint Glass Company.

2019, December 10

Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction: Our special meal to celebrate the holidays will be catered and we will hold our Silent Auction throughout the day.

PM Program:
"Contemporary Glass Bead Making"
Presented by Kristina Logan.

         

Kristina told her story of how she began making beeds, her inspration, and how she her style developed.

2019, November 13

FIeld Trip: Visit a Spectacular Private Collection in Cambridge, MA.

2019, October 2

AM Program: The morning topic was “Smalls” and members presented small items from their collections including salts, nut dished, paperweights, small compotes and whimseys.

PM Program:
The afternoon program “Pairpoint Glass” was presented by Maria. Maria shared a spectacular number of Pairpoint glass pieces from her collection. The Pairpoint colors are very true and beautiful. Pairpoint started in Boston as a silver company making quadruple plate silver items. When they moved to New Bedford they paired with the Mount Washington Glass Company and made silver pieces to hold some of the glass. Eventually Pairpoint bought Mount Washington and continued to make the glass under the Pairpoint name. The company had many owners over the years and at one point from 1958 to 1970 the factory was moved to Spain. In the early 1970’s it moved to Sagamore where it continues today. Much of the early paperwork and documentation is missing, possible because of some housecleaning by a previous owner. Presently the business is owned by Jeff and Gary Tulman and concentrates on making barware and doorknobs. Some of their pieces have the controlled bubble for which Pairpoint is famous. A lively discussion was held regarding Pairpoint cup plates and the collecting frenzy during the 1970’s. They made more than 800 designs of these plates, mostly for commissions for groups or historic homes.  Maria showed Plate #1, which is highly prized, and had a story about buying it at a flea market.