Northeast Tarrant

Sheer beauty: Glass show dazzles in Grapevine

Jamie Brown, left, of Arlington and Catherine Chance of Oklahoma look at antique glass.
Jamie Brown, left, of Arlington and Catherine Chance of Oklahoma look at antique glass. Star-Telegram

Last weekend, the Metroplex Looking Glass Show held at the Grapevine Convention Center was a smashing success.

Pam Meyers and her husband sponsored the show, one of six they offer nationwide annually.

One of two Meyers shows scheduled in Grapevine this year, this one that ran Saturday and Sunday featured more than a dozen dealers from across the U.S.

One big draw was depression glass.

“When I think of depression glass, I think of a kaleidoscope of colors and the many, many patterns that make up the American made glassware of the Depression Era,” Meyers said.

She said said that learning about Depression glass is like taking a stroll down the country’s history during the late 1920s and 1930s.

“I’ve learned that when this beautiful colorful glass was made it was just the beginning,” Meyers said. “Most of the glassware prior to this time was mostly crystal and usually much heavier and pretty much just table settings or odd pieces.

“Someone had just invented the means and machinery to mass produce glassware where it could be made by the thousands on a daily basis. The cost was such that we find it being used as premiums in cereal, detergent, movie theaters, gas stations and many other ways.

“There have been ads taken from magazines and papers showing certain sets being given if you purchase an appliance. Pieces were sold in variety stores for pennies so that the housewife could add to her set. These dishes were used every day and brightened the otherwise pretty drab life of the folks who were trying to live through the years of the Great Depression.”

Among the vendors was Jack Peacock, who specializes in elegant glass. A resident of the Winston-Salem, N.C., area, he attends nearly 50 shows annually in 18 states.

Peacock said their are more male dealers and collectors than women, based on his personal experience.

Over the decades, he said he’s only broken “six to eight pieces.”

.The 69-year-old vendor got interested in glass after accompanying a cousin to watch glass being blown at a nearby factory.

“It was fascinating,” Peacock said.

His interest was fueled by chemistry and physics, saying that glass is “basically melted sand.”

He admits that “it’s addicting” — calling fans “glassaholics.” But he collects very little; for him it’s a business.

“It’s fascinating, but it’s just hard work,” Peacock said.

The show drew hundreds of visitors, including Tom and Carol Gillen, 87 and 84 respectively. The Grand Prairie couple were accompanied by their daughter, Paula Overall, and a niece, Lynn Pierce.

The Gillens found seven salad plates featuring roosters that were missing from their collection.

“I just buy stuff I can use,” Carol said. “My mother said don’t buy stuff and put it on a shelf and worship it. Use it.”

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367