Set of three opaque glass bowls for mixing, serving or display. Hand-pressed into cast iron molds. Three different sizes (holding 20, 40 and 65 ounces) nest together. Made in Ohio since 1959. Also available in White. (
This set of three glass bowls will serve you well, whether for mixing up a batch of brownies, holding a seasonal salad or displaying a bright bunch of lemons. The three different sizes nest together for neat storage.
Opaque glass was first invented in Venice in the 16th-century and came in many different colors. One of the most popular shades was white, leading to the name “milk glass.” To create the opaque color, a chemical compound known as an “opacifier” is added to the glass solution.
In the United States, the glassware gained widespread visibility during the Great Depression. Collectibles were placed as giveaways in cereal boxes and other foodstuffs. As an incentive to promote sales, the glassware was also given away at movie theaters with the purchase of a ticket.
Throughout history, opaque glass has been used not only for tableware, but also in home décor and jewelry. One of the most famous and visible applications of opalescent milk glass is in the Roman numerals of the 14-foot clock face outside Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
To preserve the longevity of the glassware, hand wash only. Do not place in dishwasher. Not for use in microwave or for holding hot liquids.
Tom Mosser first gained insight into the glass business as a child. His father, Orie, was plant manager of the famed Cambridge Glass Company, an imprint that continues to be much sought after to this day by glass collectors. Glassware was an important component of the financial development of Cambridge, Ohio, and had been implemented in the city starting in 1901. Tom began to work at the plant as a teenager, and when Cambridge Glass closed in 1954, he knew he wanted to start up a new glass business. It took him five years to gain the capital and acquire enough vintage glass molds and raw materials. In 1959, he opened his glassware manufactory in an abandoned chicken coop.
In 1971, Tom established the name Mosser Glass. Today, Tom and his family – including his wife, son and two daughters – employ over 30 people. They continue to use vintage Cambridge glass molds, as well as innovating original designs.
To create the glassware, artisans gather glass from a furnace heated up to 1800-2500 ºF. The artisan, or “gatherer,” will then press the molten glass into cast iron molds. When ready, the mold is opened and removed to reveal a new piece of glassware. The items are allowed to cool slightly and harden before being polished. The pieces are then put through an “annealer” that provides a controlled temperature to slowly and gradually cool the glass over the course of several hours.
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