By: Jonathan Fuhrman
I may be a glass collector, but I’m also a cook and love to entertain. So my depression glass doesn’t just sit in boxes in the basement (okay, some of it does, since I have THAT much) or on a curio cabinet shelf. I also regularly use my glass collection when entertaining friends and family.
Why? Well for starters, no matter if you collect depression glass or elegant glass, this stuff was MEANT to be used. People back in the 1930’s or 1950’s were not just stockpiling this stuff in their cupboards on a whim – it was regularly used from everyday dinners to special occasions.
In addition to it being fun to set a pretty table, using glassware serves a far more important purpose…creating experiences and memories for others in hopes that they too will catch the collecting bug, or minimally appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship of the glassware I collect.
My personal collection started with fond memories of my grandmother using her pink Cherry Blossom depression glass to serve me lunch when I was a kid. And I’ve found that this is a common thread among most glass collectors – pretty much everyone has some sort of memory tied to a relative using their glass as a starting point to their own collection.
My point is, if you collect depression glass or any other type of glassware – you need to be using it to help form those memories to make sure this glassware is appreciated and collected in the decades to come! That is the main way we can keep its legacy alive.