Mark Haller Freehand Pitcher

Mar 20, 2023 | Museum Monday Treasures

Today’s Museum Monday treasure from the Museum of American Glass in WV is a freehand pitcher made by Mark Haller in 2005. It is cobalt with a wide band of white, black, and brown snaking around the body. The handle is applied. At 9 3/8” in height, it is a substantial piece.

Mark Haller is a paperweight artist, represented in our collection by two unusual examples. The first one is multi-colored with facets cut around the top surface. It is from 1990 and approximately 4” in diameter.

The second one incorporates multi-color swirls. It is etched on one side of the heel with the artist’s name: “M. Haller” and on the other: “PW9001.” A “SMITH GLASS” label is on bottom with the same number. I’m not sure who Smith Glass is or what relation they might have with Haller Studio, but it appears that Mark Haller is known for doing demonstrations at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond, Louisiana. I don’t know if he is still making glass, since the last post on his Facebook page is from 2020, but we are pleased to have three of his pieces as part of our collection.

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