Limited-Edition Glassware Honoring Libbey Inc.’s 200th Anniversary Now Available for Purchase
In celebration of Libbey’s bicentennial, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) and Libbey Inc. are collaborating on a limited-edition set of glassware called Libbey’s 200th Anniversary Commemorative Collection.
The four designs, created by Robert Zollweg, creative director at Libbey Inc., are inspired by the Libbey Modern American series from the 1940s, and include a punch bowl, serving bowl, pitcher and serving platter.
“For more than a century, Libbey produced beautiful handmade glassware,” said Zollweg. “For the bicentennial, we wanted to create a collection of handmade, functional art representative of early Libbey glassware. I wanted it to be reminiscent of the Modern American series, but with a contemporary twist.”
Utilizing the traditional offhand glassblowing technique and blown out of clear glass with cobalt blue feet – a color that can evoke a sense of regal elegance – the glassware is handblown by Glass Studio Manager Alan Iwamura and a team of glass studio artists in the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop.
“The designs that Robert and Libbey put forth are really beautifully-inspired forms,” said Iwamura. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to work with Libbey Glass on behalf of the Museum.”
Libbey’s 200th Anniversary Commemorative Collection is available for purchase in the Museum Store. The collection will be made-to-order during this anniversary year. Purchase the entire set for $2,500; the punch bowl (with four cups) for $1,000; the pitcher (with four cups) for $750; the serving bowl for $450; and the serving platter for $450. Visit or call the Museum Store at 419-254-5766 for more information. The collection can also be ordered online at tmastore.org.
The glassware sale coincides with the Museum’s exhibition, Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818-2018, which is currently on view in the Glass Pavilion through Nov. 25, 2018. The exhibition honors Libbey’s 200-year legacy and its tradition of excellence in glassmaking, highlighting glassworks from the company’s beginnings to the present day. The exhibition is supported in part by Libbey Inc. and the Ohio Arts Council. For more information, visit toledomuseum.org.