On The Crush List because…
Discoveries like this are why we shop the show!
Am I the last person to know about Higgins Glass? How can something so mid-cench, artisinalicious, colorwonderous and still in production have escaped me? Step back, Heath Ceramics.
My Higgins stumble-upon happened in Warrenton at 2 Hats Antiques (you know them, the big tent on the other side of the street on the corner with all that great china and glassware). They’re longtime fans of the studio’s “modern miracles with everyday glass” and their booth has a divine display of vintage pieces.
I’m not sure which I love more, the glass or the story of Michael and Francis Higgins. They could’ve been East Austin hipsters! Here’s the short version: Young design student couple sets up kilns behind the sofa in their Chicago apartment to explore the art of glass fusion and eventually builds an empire. Thanks to the talents of Louise and Jon Wimmers, the Riverside, IL studio lives on today. Hmm, my parents both grew up about 45 minutes from there – could that be why I feel such a connection?
Don’t be shocked if you see me at the studio’s annual Holiday Open House sale this December. Let me know if you want to go with.