Zephyr Glass Works Paperweight

May 29, 2023 | Museum Monday Treasures

Today’s Museum Monday treasure from the Museum of American Glass in WV is a paperweight from Zephyr Glass Works. It is clear with a gold iridescent finish and dark red flowers, signed on the bottom: “Zephyr Studios – A106 – 1978.” Zephyr Glass Works was located in Santa Cruz, California, possibly starting as early as 1976. By 1978 the three artists associated with Zephyr were Dion Myers, John Curtis, and Chris Tedesco. I don’t know how long the studio remained active, but in later years other names associated with it included Jim Lundberg, John Cutright, Mark Capers, and David Salazar. Maybe some of my knowledgeable readers can share more information with us about this important California studio.

The second paperweight in our collection with its ribbed gourd shape is clear-cased over a solid core with a light green-gold iridescent finish. It is signed on the bottom: “Zephyr ’82.”

A third example of Zephyr is a perfume bottle in the Blue Lustre Collection. It has a foil label on the bottom: “Zephyr Glass Works, Santa Cruz, California.” This perfume was advertised by Renaissance Marketing, Inc., Lake Orion, MI, in 1983. Another page from Renaissance Marketing described “The American Art Glass Renaissance — uniquely formulated with real silver, the lustre art glass created by Zephyr Glassworks is hand-crafted, studio signed, and true to the American art glass tradition of Tiffany, Steuben, and Quezal.”

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