Seminars scheduled at Nashville Glass Show, July 17-18

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Three seminars have been scheduled during the 11th Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale to be held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, July 17, and Sunday, July 18.  Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is $5 per person and is good for both days.  Parking is free.

Approximately 20 dealers will exhibit a large variety of glassware made by American manufacturers that are no longer in business. Dealers from Florida, Texas, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania have committed to the show.

The show will feature both common and rare pieces of depression and elegant glassware. Depression glass is the colorful glassware made in the 1920s and ’30s in many patterns and colors by companies such as Federal, Hazel-Atlas, Hocking, and Jeanette. Elegant glass is generally higher quality than depression glass and is often etched or cut with intricate patterns that show the skills and artistry of American glass workers.  Major producers of elegant glass include Cambridge, Fostoria, Heisey, Imperial, New Martinsville, and Tiffin.

In addition to elegant and depression glass, the dealers will have items such as lamps, vases, planters, and figurines, made by American potters such as Hall, McCoy, Roseville, Shawnee and Weller. Decorators can shop the show for unique items that are not available in retail outlets. 

To help attendees appreciate the history and variety of American-made glassware, seminars have been added to the show this year.  At 1 p.m. on Saturday, authors Danny Cornelius and Don Jones will present a seminar on Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG). They are the co-authors of two books on pressed glass, American Pattern Glass Table Sets and Early American Pattern Glass Cake Stands and Service Pieces.

Fostoria’s American pattern will be featured in two other seminars, which will be presented by individuals who have extensive collections of the American pattern. A seminar at 3 pm on Saturday will focus on the colors of American glassware. On Sunday at 1 p.m., the seminar will focus on American look-alikes and how to distinguish these similar patterns from the Fostoria glassware. 

A glassware repair booth will also be at the show to provide services for those who have chipped or damaged glassware. 

The Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee, a chapter of the Fostoria Glass Society of America, hosts the show. Proceeds from the show are used to support the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville, W. Va., and other organizations that preserve the history and artistry of American glassmakers.

For more information about the show, contact the show manager, Bob Fuller, at 615-223-0816 or

Photos courtesy Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show.

Read Depression glass collecting continues to evolve by Ellen Schroy, author of Warman’s Depression Glass, and Eric Bradley, editor of Antique Trader magazine.

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