With the many complex techniques used to achieve its intricate form, there are many aspects to a studio art glass piece that have to be considered during its appraisal process. If you want to accurately ascertain the value of your artwork, you will have to consult with a professional appraiser with an extensive knowledge and experience under their belt.
What is Studio Art Glass?
Studio art glass is a delicate art form that uses a wide range of complex techniques to create intricately detailed glass artworks that aim to make a sculptural statement. As compared to many other varieties of art, it is a relatively contemporary form, with its roots originating in the 19th century. “Studio glass” was coined in the 1960s due to the revival of the interest of glass art and is today commonly used to refer to art glass created in small workshops and studios.
Popular Types of Studio Art Glass
Studio art glass works are classified according to the techniques employed during the creation of the glass artwork and they fall into the three main categories – hot glass, warm glass, and cold glass.
Vases, ornaments, and hand-blown bowls are usually made using the hot process and this involves heating molten glass to 2000 degree before casting them in molds, or making them into vessels by sculpting or blowing.
Warm glass, on the other hand, refers to heating sheet glass in an oven or kiln up to 1400 degrees. This process allows the glass to be manipulated by gravity and is formed in a mold.
Cold glass uses techniques that are void of any heat and usually refers to engraving, grinding, polishing, or etching, which gives glass that “frosted” or translucent quality.
Appraisal Process for Studio Art Glass
Many factors may affect the value of a studio art glass. When you visit your professional appraiser, provide them with as much information and details on the artwork and show them any supporting documents you have.
One aspect that appraisers look for in a valuable studio art glass is the uniqueness of the work. It can be especially challenging to put a number on glass art as they are normally made in small and limited quantities.
Appraisers also look for the signature of the artist or studio. The prominence and reputation of the artist or studio plays a large part in determining the studio art glass’ value.
However, significance is what takes the cake in determining the studio’s glass value. It is important to do your own research and find out if there might have been any significance – be it social, cultural or historical, or both, associated with your artwork.
Why Choose Wm. Roland Appraisers & Estate Advisors to Appraise Your Studio Art Glass?
At Wm. Roland Appraisers & Estate Advisors, we are committed to ensuring that your studio art glass piece will be professionally evaluated and assessed fairly. We have a dedicated team of experts seasoned and proficient in the art of appraisal and will be able to give you the best possible advice when it becomes time to sell. For any questions on appraising your studio art glass pieces, please feel free to contact us today.