When it comes to art, you never know what they're going to call the next Mona Lisa. Art encompasses such a variety of forms of expression that you can't really say what is art and what isn't. Moving away from the past, we no longer equate art with fame or school taught skill. During earlier times, art was considered to be the product of those who presented attractive pieces from the knowledge and skills gathered from well established institutions. The artist would have to be well recognized by a high amount of people and the artwork had to highlight some sort of beauty.
This former way of thinking was a sad affair for painters and other creators of art because fame and recognition usually did not come until after they had died. Old perceptions of art also ignored pieces that may not necessary look the best or display outward beauty, but made you think and draw from its meaning. Today, art is whatever you believe it to be, from a splatter of paint to a graffiti riddled boxcar to a crystal or glassware creation. Many of these artworks become collectibles because they are something that you enjoy looking at, as well as possessing.
For those interested in collecting glassware, there are a few requirements that the rest of the world takes heed to in this respect. For a glassware piece to be considered a collectible, an artist that is well known most likely created it. When an ordinary piece of glasswork is hard to find because there were a limited amount of originals produced, this enhances its appeal to the public. This is what collectors from across the globe thrives on: finding that unique, sought after glassware creation. As with many collectibles, the less available the item is, the more valuable.
Once you have acquired a collectible piece of glassware, you will want to secure it in a place where it can stay in one piece. Often, a collector will invest in a decorative glass cabinet to keep their treasures. What is kept inside cannot fall to the ground or be touched by others. A piece of glassware placed on a bookshelf is just asking to be broken. When it comes time to clean your glassware, keep in mind the delicacy of this task. Regular detergents cannot come in contact to a piece of glassware that possesses painted details. Most often, a regular dusting is all the maintenance it will require.
For avid collectors, you most likely have a few favorite artists or designers in mind when you seek out a new purchase. These are the people you look out for in gallery showings and when new pieces become available. When you do not know where to look for your next collectible, the Internet is the perfect place to start. This is a great way to compare artists, as well as prices.
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