Jul 10, 2018 141

ART IN CRAFT - Annieglass


More than 30 years ago, Annie Morhauser fell in love with the beauty of glass when she saw an artisan glassblowing at a beach under a full moon. After graduating from California College of the Arts with training in a range of glassmaking techniques, she went on to develop her own version of slumping, an ancient glass-forming process, which marked the beginning of Annieglass.

Annieglass' original tour de force was a piece called Roman Antique—a plate of thick glass with a handpainted rim of 24-karat gold. Annie took it to a trade show in 1983 and astounded the retail industry with this entirely new look in dinnerware that was surprisingly also dishwasher-safe. Today, Roman Antique is an icon — sold at luxury retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and, of course, Gump's. Annieglass is also used at leading hotels and restaurants, including the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts.

Twice a year, Annie introduces new collections and extensions to existing ones. Inspirations are often Annie's interpretations of her surroundings—the fantastic natural beauty of the Monterey Bay region and Santa Cruz Mountains, travel, science or history. Her design process is ongoing, experimenting with new materials and technologies, often blending time-honored techniques with modern innovations, or inventing methods of her own alongside her talented team of artisans.