Libbey Glass: Seventy Years of Decorating with my mentor, Freda Diamond with Robert Zollweg


Robert Zollweg

Description

Rob will discuss the evolution of early machine decorating (screen printing) and show examples of early designs (1940s) and then focus on one of the greatest glass decorating designers of all time, Freda Diamond for 1945-1990 and then conclude with the end of the big glass decorating movement and his career in glass decorating until about 2005.

Hosted at the Ohio Glass Museum on June 22 at 3 p.m.

About the Presenter

Robert Zollweg is a native of Toledo, Ohio and has recently retired from Libbey Glass Company where he was Design and Creative Director. He has a passion for designing product in the tabletop industry for almost 48 years. He has designed glassware, flatware and ceramic products for the retail and foodservice industry. He was also fortunate to have been able to work alongside one of the greatest designers in the industry, Freda Diamond for almost 15 years. He has worked with all the major retailers: Crate and Barrel, Pier One Imports, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Williams-Sonoma, Macy’s, Target, Walmart and even Dollar Tree. Robert has traveled the world extensively looking for color and design trends and the right product to design and bring to the retail and foodservice marketplace. He is also an artist-painter in his spare time and works primarily on canvas using bold colors. His painting style has been called abstract expressionism. He currently is president of the Libbey House Foundation, the original home of Edward Drummond Libbey, the founder of Libbey Glass and lives in Toledo and in his lake home in the artistic community of Saugatuck, Michigan.

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