Liskeard Glass

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Liskeard Glass

Liskeard Glass has been produced in Cornwall, UK since 1970.

History and description of Liskeard Glass

Liskeard Glass was founded in the town of the same name in Cornwall, in 1970, by John Randle. Several glassblowers from the Whitefriars Glass Company joined Liskeard, and many of their designs bear a resemblance to products of the former Whitefriars foundry. Most notably, designer Jim Dyer left Whitefriars to design for Liskeard. The "Knobbly" line in particular, which is made up of vases, bowls, dishes and glasses - is similar to hand-made glassware produced by Whitefriars, although this has now become all-but synonymous with Liskeard Glass.

Throughout the 1970s the vivid colours and chunky, simple designs were very popular, representative of the stylistic ideals of the decade. This led to a notable level of imitation by other foundries. However, original items made by Liskeard Glass carry a distinctive embossed LG impress to the base. Liskeard Glass operated as "Studio", producing a sleeker line of vases and glasses, for three years, but was eventually bought by former apprentice Liam Carey in 1983, and renamed Merlin Glass. Although still using the signature embossed 'LG', the company now mainly produces fine glass door-furniture.

Guide for collectors of Liskeard Glass

Liskeard Glass, like other lines of 'retro' glassware is in increasing demand. 20thcenturyglass.com and 20thcenturyforum.com offer basic information, and show many of the most well-known lines.

The "Knobblies" are easily identified, and can be verified from the embossed LG on the base, but signatures to look out for are a heavy, sturdy base, usually of clear glass, tapering to a more fragile top to vases and glasses. The coloured glass in the piece is usually "framed" by the clear glass. The "obelisk" shaped paperweights, which were a popular line during the 1970s, often incorporate a motif such as a spiral of coloured glass.

Swirls of colour were added to a glear glass base to create spherical paperweights, although the millefiori technique was not used. In handmade tumblers, the use of speckled glass is common, but as with bowls and larger items, the added colour is not integral to the design of the heavy, clear glass base. This is an important point to remember when forming a collection. Use of integral colour or incorporated colour in Liskeard designs were not common until the Studio designs of 1980 - 1983.

Notable sales

The highest price paid for a piece of Liskeard glassware was a blue-speckled glass bowl, which was sold for £89 by a private seller in August 2011. Other pieces sold on Ebay include a blue speckled glass vase, sold for £59 in January 2012, and an Amethyst Knobbly glass vase sold for £38 in October 2011. Liskeard Glass is rarely offered at auction, except on Ebay, but is widely available to buy online. To buy at quoted price for immediate international shipping, see greatretroglass.com. glassmessages.com offers a forum for exchange of information on Liskeard Glass among other manufacturers. (Forum membership necessary.) Prices for a Liskeard "Knobbly" vase, vary between £28 and £32 as quoted by Pip's Trip.

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