Altaglass Red Vase

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The Altaglass Manufacturing Company produced decorative glass objects from 1950 to 1988 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Craftsmen produced blown glass vases, bowls and artglass as well as hand-shaped glass birds and animals. Altaglass made its own molten glass from raw materials. Glassware was sold widely across Canada and the factory became a tourist attraction in Medicine Hat.

The company founder was John Furch, who came to Canada from Czechoslovakia in 1949. His daughter Margarete and son-in-law Les Stagg worked their whole lives with the company, along with a small number of employees.

This heavy red vase was hand formed from molten glass in a contemporary style. The red colour comes from mixing gold into the molten glass. Altaglass stopped doing this in 1972 because of the cost.

-Mary Coward, Altaglass.ca

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