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Phoenix Glass Company

Written by Jack Wilson. Posted in Phoenix Glass Company

Phoenix Glass Company is still located in Monaca, Pennsylvania, but no longer has the facilities to produce hand-made art glass. Phoenix began production of art glass in 1932 when 45-50 molds from the Consolidated Glass Company were moved to Phoenix and used until early 1936. This occurred because Consolidated Glass Company had been forced to shut down because of the Great Depression.

The earliest production at Phoenix was called the "Reuben Line" and originally had oval paper labels on each piece with the wording "PHOENIX GLASS REUBEN LINE." Most of those paper labels have been lost over the years and today the "Reuben Line" pieces are usually identified by the finishing technique. E.G., many of the items in the "Reuben Line" were vases made from Consolidated molds; however, the "Reuben Line" finishes were solid colors (light blue, dark blue (Reuben blue), green, white, yellow, light pink, etc.) hence the "Reuben Line" pieces are quite different in appearance from the pieces made at Consolidated Glass Company (which typically were decorated in bi- or tri-colors on milk glass or custard glass).

Phoenix also designed new molds which became their "Sculptured Art Glass" line. The initial work on that line was done by Kenneth Haley, son of Reuben Haley. The earliest versions of Sculptured Art Glass had silver Phoenix paper labels. Later versions featured gold paper labels. Phoenix produced Sculptured Art Ware on and off into the 1960's. The company is still in business; however, they no longer have hand mold facilities and will never again make Sculptured Art Ware.

Unusual Phoenix Glass

This slideshow illustrates some unusual Phoenix art glass examples.

  • Wild Rose Vase with Chipped Ice Finish
    Green Chipped Ice Wild Rose

  • Mauve Thistle Umbrella Vase
    Mauve Phoenix Thistle

  • Reuben Blue Lily Bowl

    Rueben Blue Lily Bowl

  • Forest Green Wild Geese Vase

    Forest Green Wild Geese vase
  • Wild Rose vase with very unusual chipped ice finish. This is rare. This finish is similar to the "overshot" finish used on 19th century art glass.
  • This is a hard to find color on Phoenix Sculptured Art Ware. This color looks spectacular on the 18" high Thistle Umbrella vase.
  • This is a hard to find bowl, especially in Reuben Blue. The candlesticks that go with this centerpiece bowl are extremely rare.
  • In 1947 Kenneth Haley, son of Reuben Haley, contracted with Phoenix Glass Company to produce a number of their vase patterns in this distinttive "Forest Green" color. They were marketed by KR Haley Glassware Company of Greenvile, PA.

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