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As with any popular creative movement, art glass production was not restricted to a few centres of excellence, and craftsmen were moved to be lead by its influences at diverse locations across continental Europe.
The Low Countries proved particularly fertile ground. Floris Meydam, Andreis Copier and their cohorts produced many pieces at the Leerdam Glasfabriek factory under the direction of P M Cochius, where the predilection was for heavy, thick set pieces. Readily identifiable pieces include substantial ash trays and vases made in abstract shapes from black or dark grey glass; these are invariably decorated with the deliberate inclusion of air bubbles to give contrasting highlights.  Meydam also favoured a combination of blue, green and white colouring for smoothly contoured but still sturdy pieces.
More colourful were the items made in Maastricht at the Kristalunie factory. Jacob Rozendaal was the leading designer in Limburg for nearly two decades, producing optic vases, stemware, cut glass and utilitarian domestic products before moving to The Hague in the late 1930’s. In later years Max Verboeket took over Rozendaal’s role, evolving the house style of whole-coloured, iridescent pieces in to more the more subtly coloured Carneval stemware range and the lighter composition of Anraclet and Tarantella vases. He also introduced the Antique range in the early 60’s, with pieces based on Roman and Etruscan designs, many of which were made in a distinctive emerald green colour and showed the influence of earlier Leerdam material made by Meydam.
Over the border in Belgium the Royal Belgian Glassworks of Val Saint Lambert in Seraing was producing classically styled vases from flashed and cut glass that echoed English Victorian wares in their use of cranberry, amber and pale green and blue colouring, but given a modern twist with the use of  unconventionally shaped facets, slices and ground features. The Durobor Company in Soignies made many pieces of contemporary clear crystal  stemware and tumblers from the 1920’s onward.
To the east, Tarnowiec in Silesia, Poland was the source for a wide range of art glass vessels. Conventional shapes and forms were given a modern twist with the use of abstract decorative patterns from bold primary colours through marbled transitions to simplistic black and white pieces which were particularly effective on lipped vases.
And finally Romania, where Mihai Topescu and Ion Tamaian were the leading lights of the movement right up to the latter part of the 20th century, producing avant garde sculpted pieces from a signature palette of bold colours and strident patterns reminiscent of Gio Ponti’s post-war Italian wares with their brash, pop-art temperament.
So, almost wherever you care to look across Europe, exponents of art glass creativity were held in thrall by the opportunities granted to them by its inherent freedom of expression, and as a group produced a significant, sometimes striking and always collectable canon of work.

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Mdina Tiger Cased Glass Vase 1990

Mdina Tiger Cased Glass Vase 1990

A glass vase by Mdina designed by Eric Dobson

£45.00

Pair of Mdina Tortoiseshell Glass Vases c1975

Pair of Mdina Tortoiseshell Glass Vases c1975

Studio glass vases by Mdina of Malta in a very collectable pattern

£130.00

Mdina Earthtones Glass Vase c1975

Mdina Earthtones Glass Vase c1975

A studio glass vase by Mdina of Malta for collectors

£48.00

Mdina Aventurine Glass Vase 2001

Mdina Aventurine Glass Vase 2001

A 21st century glass vase from Mdina, master studio glass blowers

£45.00

Michael Harris Designed Mdina Glass Chalice 1974

Michael Harris Designed Mdina Glass Chalice 1974

A studio glass chalice designed by Michael Harris in Malta

£105.00

Cobalt Blue Art Glass Vase

Cobalt Blue Art Glass Vase

A mottled art glass vase for sale

£65.00

Early Mdina Eared Glass Vase c1975

Early Mdina Eared Glass Vase c1975

A collectable Mdina glass vase designed by Michael Harris

£42.00

Early Mdina Ming Vase c1975

Early Mdina Ming Vase c1975

This excellent piece of studio glass comes in at a low cost with full functionality and striking colours

£42.00

Mdina Maltese Blue Glass Vase c1975

Mdina Maltese Blue Glass Vase c1975

A decorative Mdina glass vase, for collectors of studio glass or coloured glass enthusiasts

£90.00

Large Mdina Angular Fish Vase

Large Mdina Angular Fish Vase

A Mdina glass angular fish vase, The fish vase is sometimes refered to as the axe head vase, this is however a collectors term. The name given to this form by Mdina is Fish vase

£235.00

Large Mdina Earthtones Fish Vase

Large Mdina Earthtones Fish Vase

A fantastic earthtones fish vase. The fish vase is sometimes refered to as the axe head vase, this is however a collectors term. The name given to this form by Mdina is Fish vase

£275.00

Mdina Earthtones Glass Barrel Vase c1975

Mdina Earthtones Glass Barrel Vase c1975

A studio glass vase by Mdina pf Malta. The Earthtones pattern uses two colours one transparent and one opaque, this makes for a fascinating piece when backlit

£48.00

Mdina Axe Head or Fish Vase

Mdina Axe Head or Fish Vase

The fish vase is sometimes refered to as the axe head vase, this is however a collectors term. The name given to this form by Mdina is Fish vase

£150.00

Mdina Earthtones Axe Head or Fish Vase

Mdina Earthtones Axe Head or Fish Vase

A fantastic earthtones fish vase. The fish vase is sometimes refered to as the axe head vase, this is however a collectors term. The name given to this form by Mdina is Fish vase

£240.00

Mdina Earthtones Cylindrical Glass Vase c1975

Mdina Earthtones Cylindrical Glass Vase c1975

A studio glass vase by Mdina. The Earthtones pattern uses two colours one transparent and one opaque, this makes for a fascinating piece when backlit

£60.00

Mdina Mottled and Swirled Glass Vase c1975

Mdina Mottled and Swirled Glass Vase c1975

Mdina art glass is known for its imaginative and semingly unplanned style. One example is the tortoiseshell pattern which was produced at the Isle of wight glass studio but was in the planning stages at Mdina

£58.00

Mdina Earthtones Glass Vase c1975

Mdina Earthtones Glass Vase c1975

A studio glass vase by Mdina. The Earthtones pattern uses two colours one transparent and one opaque, this makes for a fascinating piece when backlit

£35.00

Michael Harris Mdina Inside-Out Vase c1970

Michael Harris Mdina Inside-Out Vase c1970

A Maltese glass Inside-Out vase from Michael Harris at Mdina glass Malta. The design stopped production when Harris left Mdina but was re-used by him at the isle of wight studio in the 70's

£58.00

Mdina Glass Side Stripe Decanter c1975

Mdina Glass Side Stripe Decanter c1975

Mdina and the designs of Micheal Harris divide opinions. We love it !

£48.00

Mdina 'Textural' Glass Decanter c1980

Mdina 'Textural' Glass Decanter c1980

Mdina and the designs of Micheal Harris divide opinions. We love it!

£38.00

Mdina Mottled Pink Glass Decanter c1980

Mdina Mottled Pink Glass Decanter c1980

Mdina and the designs of Micheal Harris divide opinions. We love it !

£38.00

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