Crider Art Glass
Hand Crafted Art Glass
Terry and Donna Crider have been in business since February, 1977. From the beginning, they have always worked together in all phases of making glass. There are no employees they make all the art glass together.
Terry Crider did not come from a glass working background (over the years many people believed that he had worked for other glass companies until he started his own). However Terry does come from a glass oriented background through, his parents have been antique collectors and dealers all through his childhood. But in working with molten glass, he basically taught himself all the ways of the trade.
Terry had always been interested in glass, from the start his main interest was paperweights. His chemistry background lead him to start to experiment in iridizing glass long before he built his first glass furnace, his work is quite well-known in the Carnival Glass circles.
Terry built all their furnaces, annealing ovens, glass benches, ect. They spent most of their time in the Fall and Winter of 1975 building 2 very small furnaces in one corner of their shop. Then in April, 1976, they fired their furnaces for the first time and spent every weekend learning how to make glass. They began selling their glass by setting up at local flea markets every month with everything that they made on their spare time, then after doing that, they took the plunge and began to make glass full time. They had 4 furnaces and worked with many different colors.
They made contemporary art glass - paperweights, toothpick holders, small, medium and some large vases in dark iridescence "Tiffany" type glass which is more or less considered our "trademark." They also started working more with crystal glass for weights, and marbles.
They made limited edition paperweights for large companies, they also made several souvenir items for various national collector groups - toothpick holder, art glass salt shaker and open salt collectors. Occasionally, they had a glass blowing / paperweight demonstration at Summit Art Glass Company that was very popular with the public and they had a lot of fun doing it.
A piece of glass with a simple design takes about 15 to 20 minutes to produce before grinding. A complicated design takes about 20 to 25 minutes. Terry made the vases and toothpick holders on a glass blowing pipe.
The paperweights were made by getting a solid mass of glass on the end of a rod. Each piece has to be shaped according to the design chosen by its maker. While Terry makes the pieces, Donna worked preparing the colored materials used for the design. After the paperweights have hardened they then have to be ground flat on their bottoms. No two pieces they made bear exactly the same design. The Crider Creations are more than just a piece of glass. They are truly beautiful works of art.
Their glass has been pictured in the Antique Trader, April, 1988. The Smithsonian Magazine had them as a featured article with antique and contemporary marbles. They also have glass in the permanent display at the Degenhart Paperweight and Glass Museum.
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