Watsonville, CA (November 8, 2016) Annieglass, based in Watsonville, California, the leading American handcrafted glass studio is simultaneously releasing the Spring collections while researching and applying for technical patents on her latest design. Annieglass is part of the Smithsonian Museum of American art and beloved by décor enthusiasts, chefs and home cooks nationwide.
Annie’s most innovative new product to date fuses science and art with ecological responsibility. The Elements collection of thickly cut organically shaped trivets and appetizer trays are made entirely from recycled Annieglass scrap in a revolutionary new way. Combining ancient glassmaking techniques with modern technology, Annie has applied for a patent for her ingenious solution for recycled glass.
“For years I have struggled with trying to make something beautiful out of scrap glass. The limitations have overwhelmed me until I started using water jet technology to improve my designs” says Annie Morhauser, the founder of Annieglass. “I am determined to find a way to reduce and reuse glass waste for industry; I hope it has larger applications to solve this global problem.”
ELEMENTS TRIVETS & BOARDS
Trivets vary in size of 6” to 9.5”. In Earth, Cloud and Rock shapes at $55 retail. Larger charcuterie, cheese or appetizer boards are 8.5” to 14.5” and retail for $88. The Elements collection comes with tiny clear feet to prevent scratching, a card describing the social impact for the earth, and tied with string
PALM FROND LARGE PLATTER
An inspired mix of detailed curves, fluted palm leaf texture and rounded shape makes this leaf the warm weather winner for serving. 17” diameter in rich green glass. $116 retail.
BANANA LEAF BOWLS
Originating as one of Annie’s hand carved originals from clay, these pieces took many years to perfect the delicate balance of sculpture and function. Both are available in rich green glass. Large statement bowl at 29” long and 10” high adds a tropical breeze to home décor.
$147 MSRP. Medium shallow bowl serves as a novelty for warm weather inspiration.
16” X 9” $95 retail.
SCULPTURE CHERRYSTONE CLAM
The Cherrystone Clam is a more portable version of Annie’s large Clam Shell in two thirds size. Made from Ultramarine blue glass with sweeping raised sides, it is sure to be a hit for summer gifts and parties. 10”X 9”X11” $273 retail.
SLAB LARGE SQUARES
Large square Slab with pedestal foot with or without in 24 kt gold or platinum. Slabs have been a perennial favorite, made of weighty half inch glass with edges that show individual brush marks from the artisan’s hand. A new larger 11.5” curved serving square is a long awaited surprise for the Annieglass collector. $147 retail, with pedestal is $189 retail.
RUFFLE OVAL TRAY
Ruffle small oval tray in 24 kt gold or platinum. A wide precious metal ruffled band creates a small undulating ribbon-like oval, perfect for everything from jewelry, tea lights to the prettiest sweets. 13” X 6” $126 retail.
EDGEY RECTANGULAR TRAY
Edgey rectangular serving tray in 24 kt gold or platinum is painstakingly made; first cut from thick glass, then hand chipped, sanded and hand painted with precious metal, kiln fired and signed. Makes a dramatic year-round centerpiece or serving tray.
17.5”X8” $263 retail.
Handkerchief votives in Rich Green or Indigo. Two color variations for our best selling votive in Indigo Blue and Rich Green add to the Frosted Gold, Platinum and Ultramarine as well as Anemone votive. 4.5” $53 -$88 retail.
HEARTS TIGER LILY
The Tiger Lily Collectible Heart for 2017 comes in bold reverse printed 24 kt gold or platinum. The third of the Annieglass Limited Edition Collectible Heart series is only made and available for sale during the 2017 calendar year. 7” gift boxed $88 retail.
MOD LARGE SERVING BOWL
Mod serving bowl in 24 kt gold or platinum: A low round bowl is the new addition to Annie’s popular line called Mod. A modern, Dutch-inspired design showcasing an asymmetrical rounded handle that appears to be dipped in precious metals. 13”X 14.5” $137 retail.
Annie Morhauser is the founder of Annieglass, a highly successful line of glass tableware and giftware sold through the finest luxury stores and resorts in the nation. Handcrafting her products in Northern California since 1983, Annie developed her company to become one of the largest and most successful American glass studios. By combining skills as a designer, artisan, and business-woman, she has been able to build a highly regarded brand as well as a successful company.
Annieglass is in the collections of the Luce Foundation Center for American Art in Washington DC; the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland; and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. She is an active fundraiser for hunger, children's health, and art education. She mentors young women in business and supports scholarships at CCA (California College of the Arts), her alma mater, and local high schools.
Annie has accomplished something rare: crossing over into the commercial world, while tenaciously retaining her fine art approach. She is celebrating 33 years in business combining artisanal techniques and contemporary design with new technology.