PHIL GILSON


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Phil Gilson might be the last colonial American-style glassblower working full time in the traditions developed in the 18th Century. A cousin of the Wistars, owners of America’s first successful glass operation, Wilson’s craft is not only a passion but a family legacy since the 1730s.

Gilson focuses most of his work on producing and perpetuating designs for historic homes, museums, schools, and the living history and re-enacting community. He makes many of his pieces using original molds and hand tools that have been handed down for generations. Customers can enjoy the legacy of America’s oldest trade industry in his re-creation of an 18th-Century full-production glasshouse.

Gilson is the last of two known master chippers in the country. Chipping is the trade of carving directly into cast-iron glass molds to re-create embossed bottles and flasks of the past. The custom carvings enable Gilson to produce modern commemorative interpretations by placing interchangeable inserts in antique molds.

His work also includes custom free-blown pieces, pressed glass, and dip-molded pieces. All of his work is made in well-documented historical bottle-glass colors.

PJ Gilson, Glassblower
308 W Fifth Ave
Lawrenceville, VA 23868
Phone: 443-617-2885
Email: pgilson2@comcast.net

Phil Gilson has been selected for the following Directories:

2017
Year: 2017, 
				Category: Glass
GLASS
2016
Year: 2016, 
				Category: Glass
GLASS
Biography updated October 3, 2016   Photograph updated October 3, 2016  Contact information updated April 25, 2016
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