Our Carnival Glass books published by Schiffer
These books are the result of a major project - to research, write and illustrate three ground-breaking, unique books about Carnival Glass, for the renowned publishers Schiffer Books. The result: "Carnival Glass, The Magic and The Mystery" (expanded and fully revised, 2009), "A Century of Carnival Glass" (2001). and "The Art of Carnival Glass" (2004).
Carnival Glass - The Magic & the Mystery
Carnival Glass has magic. Its beauty, iridescence and shimmering colour captivate the eye while its fascinating history enthrals the mind. Carnival Glass has mystery. A legacy from the master craftsmen of the past, Carnival Glass mirrors cultures all over the world—and in those reflections a myriad of puzzles lay unsolved for years. Now, in the Second Edition of this major publication, many mysteries have been solved and fascinating answers are revealed for the first time.
Almost 350 stunning colour photographs, including many new ones not seen before, and nearly 250 black and white illustrations plus a treasure trove of rare archive and catalogue material not previously included. A wealth of information on Classic American Carnival Glass plus an astonishing, in-depth study of the production of Carnival Glass in Europe, Australia, South America, India and China: its inspirations, manufacturers, history, patterns, shapes, colours, marketing and much more.
The Art of Carnival Glass
With almost 700 breathtaking, colour illustrations, this is an innovative and indispensable book for everyone interested in Carnival Glass. It begins at the very heart of Carnival, with a comprehensive analysis and insights into how it was made, coloured, iridised and decorated. There is a powerful examination of the way in which many Carnival designs were created (and often copied), and a delightful look at the human aspects of collecting.
This encyclopaedic volume has an easy to follow, comprehensive coverage of Carnival Glass shapes (bowls , plates, vases, drinking vessels, tableware, lighting, tobacciana and more) and the terms used by collectors. What is a pie crust edge, a furrowed edge and a bullet edge? What's a jardinière? What does a float bowl look like? What's an elephant foot vase? The answers to these questions and more are found within the lavishly illustrated and colourful pages of this book.
A Century of Carnival Glass
Catalogue pages, photos and a wealth of research reveal the full story of Carnival Glass, from its inspirations and its full blown beauty in early 20th century America, its splendid flowering in Europe, South America, India and other parts of the world in the 1920s and 1930s, through the Late Carnival and Depression years and into the era of Modern Carnival. Photos and catalogue pages cover the full span of carnival years right up to today’s beautiful Contemporary Glass.
Over 400 colour photographs, 130 black & white illustrations, plus catalogue and archive pages that will fascinate and re-write sections of Carnival Glass history. Discoveries and answers to many puzzles; patterns and shapes never seen before. European, Indian and South American patterns are detailed and illustrated within this book. New information and insights on known and previously unknown Carnival Glass makers will intrigue and often surprise.
The Magic & The Mystery, A Century of Carnival Glass, and The Art of Carnival Glass are all available from the publishers Schiffer Books (opens in a new window). They are also readily available through all good booksellers and on-line bookstores.
Our Other publications
We have written several other publications on Carnival Glass and Sowerby Glass. They are in e-book format, and they are all here on our Publications page.