By: Jonathan Fuhrman
I started collecting Pyrex about 15 years ago. I wouldn’t say I’m an avid collector or that it is one of my primary collections, but I do have several mixing bowl sets, casserole dishes, and a refrigerator set. I started buying these pieces since I wanted to collect some kitchenware. I really liked jadeite, but that was too expensive for my budget, and so many collectors were after the same glass that filled the back of Martha Stewart’s cabinets in her kitchen. At the time, Pyrex was plentiful, cheap, and not very sought after. My how things have changed 15 years later as Pyrex popularity and prices seemed to have surpassed jadeite.
Pyrex started out in 1915 with manufacturing clear bakeware. They introduced their flame ware line in 1936, and finally colored lines in 1947. Most collectors associate Pyrex with the latter of these three, usually a mixing bowl set someone in their family used. For me, it was the white and gold “Butterfly Gold” design my mother got as a wedding gift in 1976 and used ever since as her mixing bowls for everything from baked goods to meatloaf. While Pyrex has produced a wide variety of equipment for the home cook, they are also well known for the laboratory equipment they produce – ranging from beakers to test tubes. In fact, the most expensive pieces of Pyrex on eBay aren’t mixing bowls, they are glass lenses used by scientists that cost several thousand dollars.
While Pyrex celebrates their 100th anniversary with commemorative glassware and a 100 cup measure that is touring select cities, the Michigan Depression Glass Society will celebrate this sought-after glass by featuring it in our club’s display at the November show. Anyone who has been to our show knows we go “all out” creating these displays. You’ll be certain to see an impressive collection of Pyrex both in the display and for sale in dealer booths. And as always, there will be lots of other depression, elegant and era glassware for sale. Plus noted Pyrex author Michael Barber will be at the show selling and signing copies of his books!
Speaking of elegant glass, the Fostoria Glass Company started production of their famous American line in 1915, so it too is 100 years old. We’ll be celebrating that anniversary as well with a separate section of the display area. Additionally, representatives from the Fostoria Glass Society of America and the Fostoria Glass Museum will be on site!
See you in November!