Glassblowing is one of the most used technique for creating "art glass" and is still favoured by most of today's studio glass artists. This is because of the artist's intimacy with the material, and an almost infinite opportunity for creativity and variation at almost every stage of the process. The making of art glass is distinctive and shows individual skill. The importance of decoration – in the Victorian era in particular – meant that much of the artistry lay with the decorator. Up to about 1940, most of the processes involved in making decorative art glass were performed by hand. "Blown glass" refers only to individually hand-made items but can include the use of moulds for shaping, ribbing, and spiking to produce decorative bubbles.
Luster Glass has always been rare and coveted. In the late 1920s, when Tiffany & Co. decided to discontinue their line of art glass and Steuben Glass was sold to Corning Glass, the ability to make prized, luminous, hand-blown Luster Glass was lost. The process had been so secretive and segmented that no one person knew how to do everything to make a finished lustrous piece, except for Fredrick Carder.
Since 1974 The method of making Luster has been rediscovered by Master glass blower, Rick Strini, who works from his private studio in Hawaii , creating beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces every year.
Here view the Blue Luster, or Pacific Pearl by Rick Strini
Here view the Gold Luster, Florentine and Roman Series, and Antique Emerald