After an apprenticeship at Strathearn Glass, John Deacons moved on to Perthshire Paperweights in 1968. Ten years later he felt the time was right to start a business of his own and he set up Jay Glass. The company made paperweights - mainly small editions limited to 101 pieces, although there were also a few special issues - from 1978 to 1983. Allan Scott was responsible for many of the lampwork designs, some of which were made exclusively for the American market. Early weights were signed with a “J” cane. Later date canes were introduced with 4 numerals in various combinations of red, blue & green. The venture closed down in 1983.
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Design J08: A small weight with a 5-petalled lampwork flower and bud on a cushion of white latticinio tubes. The flower’s deep-pink petals, with white centre veins, are set around a complex millefiori cane stamen. A short curving stem supports the flower and bud as well as a number of green leaves.Signed with a pink/blue “J” cane at the base of the stem...
Design J01: this was the very first design issued by Jay-Glass - a small flower on a swirl. Here the flower is amber with a millefiori cane centre. The flowerhead is crowned with leaves; there are 2 more on the curved stem. The swirl is pale-yellow, amber & pale-green. Signed with a “J” cane at the base of the stem. Flat, polished base.