Duncan Miller show planned

July 17, 2013
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Phosphorescent glass display at the Duncan & Miller Glass Museum
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Front display room at the Duncan & Miller Glass Museum

The 38th annual Duncan & Miller Glass Show & Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Washington County Fairgrounds and Expo Center.

The featured display will be a retrospective of Robert A. May and his work. A graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, May worked for Duncan & Miller Co. from 1934-44 and continued to supply designs until the 1950s. He introduced many new and innovative designs, including Nautical, Caribbean, Pall Mall, Sylvan, Sanibel, Terrace and Sculptured glass.

May died earlier this year, and the display is being featured in memory of his contributions to the National Duncan Glass Society. Other show highlights include:

• Duncan workers family project booth. Anyone who worked or had a family who worked at George Duncan & Sons or the Duncan & Miller Co. are encouraged to visit.

• Convention dinner meeting and birthday party Friday at the George Washington Hotel.

• Consignment auction, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 4:30.

• Glass identification – noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Duncan & Miller volunteers will attempt to identify pieces visitors may have inherited or purchased. Those who attend are invited to bring two pieces of glass for identification, which will be provided free with show admission.

• Glasss seminars, which will be held Sunday. Kathleen Grant will present “Marketing Strategies: Patterns to Match Your Tableware” at 1 p.m., and Fred Ottoson will discuss “Imperial Glass: Over 80 Years of Intrigue, Vision, Acquisition and Excellence at 2 p.m.

Duncan & Miller glass is very durable, some pieces having survived more than 100 years. The sale will include early American pressed glass, elegant glass and mid-century modern glass, barware, books on Duncan Glass and catalogue reproductions.

The show provides support for the ongoing efforts to enhance the Duncan & Miller Glass Museum, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It was created to preserve and display a collection of the glass manufactured by George Duncan & Sons of Pittsburgh and Duncan & Miller of Washington.

The museum opened in a period home near the site of the original Duncan & Miller factory on Jefferson Avenue. The home had been owned by a Duncan glass worker.

The museum collection contains examples of glass made during the years of Duncan’s operation from 1865-1955, as well as various tools used by the workers, memorabilia and ephemera documenting the company history.

Duncan & Miller glass was all handmade, both blown and pressed. Many workers handled each piece of glass before it was finished. It is believed that as many as 14 workers were involved in making the Swan.

Admission is $4 and is good for both days. There also will be door prizes, a Chinese auction, luncheon items and backed goods.

For more information, call Lauren Kotar at 724-222-3334 during business hours.



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