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Jan Rutland

Glass Paperweights: A Unique Art Form of Art

4 years ago
By the late Jan Rutland who served as Executive Director of the National Bottle Museum until her passing in October 2010 The first paperweights created have been attributed to the St. Louis factory located in the Vosges Mountain Region of France in about 1820. These were crude and rough forms made from cullets and scrapes. » Read more

Artists' Space Dedicated In Memory of Jan Rutland

4 years ago
BALLSTON SPA, NY – From early October to mid-November the National Bottle Museum on Milton Avenue hosted a show of the collected art works of late Executive Director Jan Rutland. The highlight of the show was the dedication of “The Artists’ Space at the National Bottle Museum” to her memory. » Read more

Glass Coloring May Seem Magical

4 years ago
By the late Jan Rutland who served as Executive Director of the National Bottle Museum until her passing in October 2010 "Sun Amethyst" or "Sun Colored" Most collectors know that the natural color of old glass is aqua - either blue-green or green-blue. This is caused by impurities in the sand used in the batch. Iron impurities produced the colors blue and green. » Read more

Message in a Bottle

4 years ago
The following tribute was presented by Ann Hauprich at the celebration of National Bottle Museum Executive Director Jan Rutland’s life on November 12, 2010. Jan – who used to let me call her “Bubbles” as long as I responded to the nickname “Troubles” -- would sometimes joke that while there was plenty of history on tap inside of the walls of the National Bottle Museum, she had yet to find a way to put TIME IN A BOTTLE. But if time had permitted her to place a MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE before her recent passing, it would surely have included some of the things I feel honor-bound to share with you today. » Read more