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Habatat Direct

One fine sunny colorful autumn day in western New York, we welcomed into our home and gallery a tour bus from Habatat filled with happy faces, exuberant collectors of modern and contemporary glass. They were a delight and we were excited to share new work with them.

While they were looking over the pieces, one fine .....

One fine sunny colorful autumn day in western New York, we welcomed into our home and gallery a tour bus from Habatat filled with happy faces, exuberant collectors of modern and contemporary glass. They were a delight and we were excited to share new work with them.

While they were looking over the pieces, one fine fellow discovered Debbie’s office door ajar. Being the most curious person he is – he discovered one of my pieces Debbie wanted to hold back for a future retrospective. (I’m sure you all know this enthusiastic fellow. He and his exceptional collection are a presence in the world of glass, artists, collectors, gallerists and museums). The collector approached Debbie about the piece. “What about the piece back in that room?” “Sorry,” Debbie said, “That piece is not for sale.” (This man also has a very discerning eye.) A discussion proceeded and although the man offered a very generous price, Debbie held on to the piece much to the collector’s disappointment.

All done, it was a great visit – all went well. And we all went back to our perspective lives.

A year or so later we were in SOFA, Chicago and as we approached the Habatat booth, we noticed a piece on display that had been shipped from a museum show to SOFA by mistake. It was the piece that our friend collector had wanted. And who had spotted it? – our new friend! We were immediately greeted by him. He again asked about purchasing the piece, and well.. we could not resist. He, Debbie and Ferd worked out a good deal for everyone. Now we look forward to seeing him and the friendship continues to this very day. (And by the way, he nickname the piece “Debbie.”)
Last time we saw him, he had a surprise for us. He had published a beautiful book about his notable collection. It is a well-designed comprehensive addition to the Rakow Library of The Corning Museum of Glass, historically documenting our delightful event. On the cover of the book is the piece he discovered on that memorable autumn day in western New York. We always look forward to seeing him and sharing stories about “Debbie.”

Join us!

Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
48th year of our International Glass Exhibition.

We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: May 8th | Exhibition continues to July 3rd of 2020