Art Nouveau, “New Art,” was a radical change that occurred in the decorative arts around 1890, and glass was an excellent medium to express the sinuous, organic style of Art Nouveau because of its fluid nature. Tiffany, Loetz, Gallé, Daum, Lalique, Steuben – we will see examples of their glass and explore the history behind these great glasshouses and dozens of other glass artists that exemplified the beauty of Art Nouveau glass.
An avid lifetime glass collector, Cathy Dahms has been writing a book on glass decorative techniques as a retirement project. She has done extensive research at the Rakow Research Library (Corning), the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia, and museums throughout the Czech Republic. She is an active member of numerous glass organizations.