Museum acquires major glass collection

DEARBORN — The Henry Ford recently acquired a 300-piece Studio Glass Movement collection donated by Bruce and Ann Bachmann of Chicago.

It is a large and important studio glass collection, The Henry Ford President Patricia Mooradian said. The collection is an encyclopedic history of the movement with representation of every artist of importance, many by multiple examples.

“This acquisition undeniably furthers the importance and significance of The Henry Ford’s distinct glass collection,” Mooradian said. “The Studio Glass Movement in the early 1960s was born out innovative thinking, innovation and ingenuity — characteristics at the very foundation of The Henry Ford. We are honored and delighted to bring the Bachmann collection to our institution for future generations to enjoy and be inspired by.”

Acquisition of the collection elevates The Henry Ford’s collection of American glass to the third most significant in the United States and provides the institution’s guests the opportunity to view the complete story of American glass from its origins to the present. The institution is fundraising for a permanent Glass Gallery inside Greenfield Village’s Liberty Craftworks district.

The Studio Glass Movement began in 1962, when a group of individuals sought to create a movement where artists could explore the intrinsic qualities of glass without the need for factory production.