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Lighthouses: The Race to Illuminate the World
by Toby Chance and Peter Williams
Publisher: New Holland Publishers
A new book, available in late October, which explores the efforts by Chance Brothers from 1851 to produce lighthouse parts that were eventually found all around the world. Using technologies pioneered by James Timmins Chance, this optical glass became world-renowned.
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The History of Domestic Glassware from Chance Brothers
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Foreword by Charles Hajdamach
of Chance Brothers
Complete Catalogue & Reference Guide
1950s Design Philosophy & the Media
148 pages, A4 in size (210 x
Fully illustrated with over 750 photos!
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With thanks to everyone from GlassMessages.com
who helped identify and contributed their examples. Current
news on Fiestaware
The first domestic glassware produced by Chance was 'Orlak';
a range of heat-resistant ovenware and tableware designed
Stabler, who was better known as part of Carter, Stabler & Adams
partnership, that later became Poole Pottery.
Some ovenware is identifiable as being octagonal-shaped
with recessed handles on the lid. The orange enamel decoration
on the example shown (right) is not generally
Production started from 1929 to 1933 before Chance sold
the rights to Jobling, who were at this stage manufacturing
Pyrex and probably
purchased Orlak purely to stifle the competition – whatever
the circumstances, Orlak never reappeared.
| Chances' first foray into
Prior to Fiestware, Chance were major producers
of quality pressed domestic glassware
that including bowls, jugs and vases,
and were developed with intriguing
and exceptional optical characteristics.
Seven designs were created from 1934 and
these continued until 1953 in a variety
of shapes and styles, when the manufacturing
process proved uneconomical and
The predominant feature of Chance pressed
glass from this era is it's all
created from clear glass. Examples
shown in colour are actually enamel
sprayed onto clear glass.
With the advent of 2006, Chance's most
popular creation, Fiestaware,
has now reached 'Vintage' status
throughout the entire range!
Fiestaware was Chance's
most successful creation:
for the domestic market that
stood the test of time over
a period of thirty years. This
glassware was produced flat-rolled
decorative screen- and
transfer-prints applied prior
to it being formed
by reheating and slumping.
Their most popular creations were
from the 'Fiestaware'
like Michael Harris
and Margaret Casson
helped create, with the most
popular designs being Swirl
(1955 — see 50th
Anniversary page), Calypto
(1959, Harris) and Lace. One
well-known and highly collectable
pattern, is Margaret Casson's 'Night
Fiestaware was often
with a gilt rim, but this
is not always the case,
and while the
on clear glass is seen
as the norm,
in fact there
are many other
on clear glass
and gold transfers
on ruby-flashed glass can be
Additionally, Chance Brothers produced
a wide range of
names of towns,
for example) and
range of 'Floral'
The use of silk-screen and transfer
printing as the design
medium had another advantage;
using regular production
lines for the glass blanks,
Chance could create
new designs quickly to
cover special commemorative
events, like the
Wedding in 1977. The
commercial side was also
and 'Adware' became a
popular way for salesman
to leave their
customers a permanent
reminder: more often
than not, this took
the shape of a dish/ashtray.
holder in the familiar
design, but was not
made by Chance!
Anemone pattern was
the most popular
An entire subset of the Fiestaware range;
these vases represented a bewildering
array of sizes, patterns and
colours. If all these combinations
were used up, you'd probably be looking
at well over 500 different vases
to collect! However, we estimate
there are 'only'
around 100 different varieties.
that's alright then...!
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stack of Gingham
Posy Vases: red, burgundy
and the 'choc & cream'