Convention

The Texas Carnival Glass Club holds its annual four-day convention in February or March. Events include educational seminars and banquet program featuring internationally known speakers, carnival glass displays, silent auction, dealers and club members selling carnival glass, and a public auction of Carnival Glass.


Texas Carnival Glass Club Convention
March 18-21, 2015
Dallas, Texas


Convention Hotel

Wyndham Dallas Suites - Park Central, 7800 Alpha Road, Dallas

In 2015, we will be back in Dallas at the Wyndham Dallas Suites! An award winning, all suite atrium style hotel located at the Northwest corner of LBJ Freeway (I-635) and Coit Road, the Wyndham Dallas Suites features 295 luxury suites complete with a separate bedroom and parlor area, microwave, refrigerator, and wireless-high speed Internet access. All suites have a large picture window for displays!

Room Rates: Single or Double -  $115 (plus tax).  Breakfast in the Café Biarritz is included in the guest room rate for up to two people per room.

Reserve your Room:   Call the Wyndham at 972-233-7600 (option 2) and tell them you are with the Texas Carnival Glass Club.

Hotel Deadline:  Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Display Tables: Tables are available for a one-time fee of $25 per table.

Pet Policy: The hotel welcomes small domestic pets up to 40 pounds each for a non-refundable fee of $25 per hotel stay.

 

Texas Carnival Glass Club 2015 Convention Highlights:

Wednesday, March 18th

Early Bird Fun Night
6:00 p.m. - Pizza Party in the Hospitality Room
7:30 p.m. - Share a recent find at "Show & Tell - A Texas tradition"

Thursday, March 19th

3:00 p.m. - Don and Barb Chamberlain present an educational seminar - "An Iowa Connection"
6:00 p.m. - Whitley Award Dinner honoring a couple whose dedication to Carnival Glass has enriched fellow collectors
8:00 p.m. - Our hilarious "Annual Gift Exchange" - the real fun begins when the stealing starts!

Friday, March 20th

10:00 a.m. - Glass artist Eric Hansen, nephew of Robert Hansen, presents an educational seminar on Hansen Glass
3:00 p.m. - Silent Auction closes, be there to make sure you are the winning bidder on your favorite items
3:30 p.m. - Vote for your favorite room display, Best of Show receives $100 dollars!
5:30 p.m. - TCGC welcomes banquet speakers Carl and Eunice Booker, their presentation will be on "Carnival ABCs"
8:00 p.m. - Seeck auction preview

Saturday, March 21st

7:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Seeck Auction preview
9:30 a.m. - Seeck Auction

 

Convention Speakers 

Don and Barb Chamberlain - "An Iowa Connection"

 
Don and Barb Chamberlain are both retired teachers, a profession which has influenced their shared love of research and discovery. Barb likes the challenge of learning everything she can about unusual pieces of Carnival Glass while Don enjoys researching his family genealogy and sharing the results with other interested family members.

The Chamberlains, who live in Manchester, Iowa, started collecting Carnival Glass in 1980. Their favorite carnival glass color is white. Don and Barb have a very eclectic collection with a fair amount of pieces in an early favorite pattern, Orange Tree. Their collecting habits vary from time to time, collecting glass from one company and then changing it to another. They like purple Imperial and Dugan, and would like to have more of the Northwood pastels.

Their first piece of carnival glass was a blue April Showers vase that was inherited from Barb’s mother, who had inherited it from her mother-in-law. The vase isn't particularly pretty, but it is one that they wouldn't sell. Don and Barb have another piece that they would not sell, a large green Fenton Stippled Rays square bowl that was from one of Barb’s mom's best friends.

Like many Carnival Glass collectors, Don and Barb have made numerous friends across the country and are members of several Carnival Glass clubs. They are both actively involved in ICGA; Barb served as the club’s treasurer for ten years and has been the editor of the club newsletter, The Carnival Pump, for two and a half years. She also maintains the club Facebook page and ICGA website. Don enjoys a hands-on approach to the glass and has coordinated the ICGA convention display room several times.

The Chamberlain’s love of the glass, and desire to share their knowledge, makes them excellent ambassadors for our hobby and they are always willing to help out wherever and whenever asked at conventions across the country.
 

Eric Hansen - "Hansen Glass"
    

 Eric W. Hansen is a glass artist focusing on crystal encapsulation paperweights and traditional blown glass from the furnace.   At an early age he learned lampworking from his father, Richard Hansen. This method of glassmaking is melting and forming glass designs using a torch. In 1994, he progressed to making encapsulated lampwork paperweights in the tradition of his uncle’s Ronald and Robert Hansen. Their creations, along with Eric’s are well-known among many collectors.

Eric operates from his home studio, often assisted by his wife Cheryl, in Argyle, Texas. He creates many floral motifs and iridescent lusters in both his paperweights and blown designs, such as vases and goblets.

While glassworking has been a passion for more than thirty years, Eric has also maintained a separate occupation as a pilot. Commissioned in 1984 a U.S. Naval officer, he earned his wings and flew on and off aircraft carriers for eight years. He is still employed as an international pilot for a major airline.  On his trips he enjoys visiting glass studios, museums and galleries around the globe.
                                                                                                         
 If you have Ronald, Robert, or Eric Hansen pieces in your collection, and would be willing to bring them to the convention for a display during the educational seminar, please send a list of your pieces to TCGC Secretary Sandy Sage at rsage1@austin.rr.com. Be sure to include a brief description of each piece in your email. You will be notified of which pieces to bring to the convention.



Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

Carl and Eunice Booker - "Carnival ABC's"

Eunice and I started collecting Carnival Glass in 1969. Eunice’s first piece was a purple paneled vase (she doesn’t like vases), and my first piece was a marigold cereal bowl. We still have both pieces.

We wondered about specializing in a particular shape, color, or manufacturer. Eunice decided that she liked rosebowls and I decided on tumblers, so that’s what we looked for. Our main collection at the beginning was rosebowls and tumblers. Eunice decided she liked toothpick holders and collected several in Carnival and other finishes. We both decided we liked miniatures and added that to our collecting. I then decided I liked plates in all sizes, but particularly 6-inch plates so they were added to the collection.

Do you see where this is going? We have an eclectic collection including almost all shapes, colors, and makers. We have one cabinet that is full of Millersburg Carnival. We have lots of Fenton, Northwood, Imperial, and other U. S. makers. We have little imported glass other than marigold dresser set pieces.

Our biggest thrill in collecting was walking into a shop and finding an amethyst Millersburg Pipe Humidor. We showed it off for a year at each of the conventions we attended and then put it in an auction. We had a great time showing it off and sometimes wish we had it back. We’re sure if we found another one we would keep it.
We have attended conventions and auctions throughout the country and have had wonderful experiences while collecting. We have met wonderful people in the hobby and feel that this is the most important aspect.

Eunice’s favorite piece in our collection is her emerald green Finecut and Roses Rosebowl, closely followed by her electric blue Beaded Cable Rosebowl. My favorite would be the red Wide Panel Creamer and Sugar with stretch finish or the marigold Enameled Panel Goblet.

We have been active in several different Associations. I have served as Secretary and Newsletter Editor - Hoosier Carnival Glass Association; Director and Editor - International Carnival Glass Association; and Recording Secretary - American Carnival Glass Association.

Eunice has served as Director - American Carnival Glass Association; Vice-President and Director - International Carnival Glass Association; and President, Vice-President and Secretary - Hoosier Carnival Glass Association.

We continue to remain active in the Hoosier Carnival Glass Association and others. We enjoy giving talks at conventions and hope that we have helped others appreciate this beautiful glass that we call Carnival.


 

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