No trip to San Antonio would be complete
without a trip to the Alamo!
The Riverwalk is less than a block from
the Alamo! This shot was taken before the crowds arrived for
This display is by native Texan Mike Di Gennaro. His display was
of the ROSE pattern by Tiffin. He won the awards for best theme
and best visual display. Please notice the stuffed armadillo,
complete with a bottle of Lone Star Beer. That is a Jackalope at
the top of the display. There was also a longhorn steer bleached
skull, leaning against a cactus on the floor in front of the
display. The thumbnail picture is of a bedroom tray with heavy
This display was voted most educational. It shows the wide
variety of colors that can be found in URANIUM GLASS. There was
some vaseline glass in the display, but all of the pieces on the table
glow a bright neon green. A blacklight was available to test the
This piece won 'best single piece' and is owned by Tommy and Linda
Alice Venables' display was 'by the numbers', showing various patterns
and the pieces that come with the patterns. this is a panoramic
view, so please scroll to the right.
This display by Susan Fox introduced the members to a pattern we have
all seen before and we also knew that Val St. Lambert made the pattern,
but what we did not know is that the pattern had a name!
"VALAMBERT". Susan had books showing original catalog
illustrations with the name boldly at the top. Check out the HUGE
water pitcher! It must hold about 1 1/2 Gallons!
Jim and Betty Reynolds had an interesting display with some unusual
Green uranium glass pieces. While at the convention, Jim and
Betty found out that the unusual vase in the foreground/center, was
made in Czechoslovakia! Sherry Stevenson was a guest speaker at
the convention, and Sherry's expertise is in Bohemian and Czech glass.
Squeaker and Ike Bootsma brought their Belmont Daisy and Button with
Lace Edge pattern with them! This has always been a popular
pattern with vaseline glass collectors!
Kris Moorhouse shipped her glass from Oregon to San Antonio, just to do
a display! (Sadly, one piece was broken). Kris displayed
some terrific art glass, including a matching epergne and Bride's
Basket bowl with amethyst interior, vaseline rim, and milk glass
exterior. This is also a panoramic shot, so click on the larger
image, then scroll left to right. On the far right is opaque
pink, fading to vaseline glass. We also discovered at the
convention this year, that it was made in the Bohemian region of
Austria, about 1880-1910. The maker is still unknown, but we now
know that this combination came from there, not England.
Frank and Melissa Keathley arrived late Friday, but still got a display
put together, showing some wonderful Murano creatures of the sea.
The close up to the left is of an octopus. The large shark with
the smoky nose in the back row (center) was a monster piece and
received lots of oohs and ahhs! They also had a small cabinet
with miniatures that did not make it into this photo.
Jack Loranger was a Keynote speaker at the convention and these are two
of the pieces that he brought for visual aids, and they were then he
sold off his visual aids to convention attendees! Due to the lack
of vaseline glass cullet in the US, Jack has had to explore
alternatives to making glowing glass. The vase on the right has a
thin layer of vaseline glass from glassmaker's stock obtained from New
Zealand. The exterior of the piece is clear glass. Jack
also feathered in green adverturine glass, which has microscopic
glitter particles in it. The little blue and white vase has
phosphorus imbedded in the glass! You can actually 'charge up'
the vase, using household or UV light, and it will continue to glow for
2 or 3 hours after the lights are turned off! The large photo is
a Panoramic shot, and the photo at the far right shows the piece
glowing with lights off!
This huge decanter was converted to a lamp, complete with the stopper
being used as a finial. It was donated to VGCI for the Silent
auction by Peggy and Louis Wester.
Another photo of donated glass for the
silent auction, which helps immensely for convention and club
A couple of fun photos taken during
the 'meet and greet' hospitality on
Thursday evening, which is the kick-off
to every convention!
thumbnail photo is of Marilyn Hallock, author of CENTRAL GLASS COMPANY:
THE FIRST 30 YEARS. Marilyn has been a club member for years and
has spoken at several conventions. The larger photo is a group
shot of our members renewing friendships and making new friends!
Fair is fair: Marilyn did not think I would snap the picture
above, so I guess I need to put one of me showing my vaseline glass
green tongue! I had just taken a big bite of chocolate cake, with
green whipped topping. Someone said, "stick out your tongue" and
the photo is now here for all to see.
hope that these pictures are enjoyable to all and that it might stir
some interest in those who view them to attend a future convention!
HOLIDAY INN SELECT, ORLANDO FLORIDA, OCT. 9-11, 2008
SEE YOU THERE!
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