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History of Chalet Glass and Art Glass in Canada

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This is a brief history of a few of the more popular glassmaking factories in Canada.

Lorraine Glass Industries in Canada operated from 1962 to 1974 in Montreal by glassblowers who came from the glass center of Murano, Italy. They employed a work force of about 30 people producing up to 10,000 pieces of glassware monthly. The colored art glass items are very similar to Chalet glass and some still retain the Lorraine Glass foil label.

Murano Glass Inc in Montreal operated from 1960 to 1962 and was originally Les Industries de Verre et Miroirs Limitee which had operated from 1958 to 1960.

Chalet Glass was then formed in 1962 or 1963 and the company moved to Cornwall, Ontario where Italian glassblowers manufactured stemware and colored art glass.  This glass is beautiful and extremely heavy because of the lead content. 

Some Chalet pieces are unmarked or have foil labels and others are sand-blasted or perhaps acid etched with the Chalet signature as shown above.

In 1981 Rossi Artistic Glass Inc purchased the company.

The above picture shows a signed piece of beautiful Chalet glass in a harder to find olive green color.  These large pieces are very showy so are popular for decorating and they are a top quality glassware.  Because of the weight of this glass due to the lead content, always take care when handling the items and never pick them up by the extended "arms" as they are actually quite brittle.  Please click the link at the bottom of the page to view other Chalet glass.

Alta Glass started in 1950 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada with a glassblower from Czechoslovakia.  They have a production of colored art glass figurines, vases and baskets.

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