625 Smith Ave
Glass Show Location
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-856-4259
Contact: Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee

17th Annual Glass Show and Sale
July 16 & 17, 2016
The Fairgrounds Nashville
625 Smith Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Once again this year, on July 16 & 16, 2016, the Exhibitor Building at The Fairgrounds Nashville (formerly Tennessee State Fairgrounds) will be filled with the vibrant colors of American-made glass for the 17th 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 is 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.  Dealers will also have pottery pieces by Shawnee, McCoy, Weller and other American potters. 

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.

To stimulate and educate attendees, a display of candlesticks will be featured at the show this year.  These will include candlesticks from many different glass companies to allow attendees to compare the designs and colors.  The display will be featured in a seminar that will be held at 1 pm. on Saturday.  Admission to the display and seminar is included with the show admission.

Again this year, Richard Heldenbrand from Michigan will be at the show with equipment to remove chips from glassware. In addition to repairing glassware, he repurposes damaged glassware into bells, ring-trees, night lights, sun-catchers, and jewelry. He will be selling both his repurposed items and first-quality glassware in his booth.     

As of March 18, the following dealers have indicated that they will be at the show:
Sandi & Dennis Boone, Illinois;
Jerry Laitinen & Jerry Easterla, Iowa
Lorrie Kitchen & Mark Hunter, Ohio
Larry and Brooke Newton, Florida

Paul & Leslie Dees, Mississippi
Sharon & Pat Ervin, Illinois,
Carolyn & Glen Robinson, South Carolina

Richard & Vicki Heldenbrand, Michigan
Ruth Lature, Kentucky
Linda & David Adams, Nevada
Sandy Bridwell-Walker, Ohio
Ray & Paula Mahoney, Florida
Bill & Sandy Quarterman, Florida
Linda Hukriede & Dale Riendeau, Minnesota
Jodi & Mark Uthe, Iowa

     The Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee is a chapter of the Fostoria Glass Society of American.  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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