Learn about Caithness Glass

Caithness Glass was founded in Wick in North East Scotland in 1961. In 1962, Paul Ysart, who had worked for Moncrieff glassworks (Monart) in Perth, Scotland, and whose father was a glassblower, joined as supervisor and the company started producing paperweights.

Its early tableware and decorative production was very similar to the Scandinavian glass popular at the time, being mould blown with thin rims, heavy bases and strong colours. Colours were inspired by the Scottish landscape, hence names such as ‘heather’.

Before 1968 few pieces were engraved. Some engraved pieces were produced after that year when Colin Terris, who had studied in Norway, joined the company. Most designs are abstract, but some ranges were inspired by natural or marine subjects, and lead to the realease of a new modern style range of paperweighs.

Tableware remained in production until the 1980s, when the factory began to concentrate further on paperweights, with a few decorative glass ranges still being made, primarily in mottled coloured glass and often with ‘painted’ enamel effects.

In 1988, Caithness bought the Wedgwood Glass factory at King’s Lynn and at one point had three factories. more...
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Caithness Fascination signed glass paperweight with another signed glass paperweight (2)

Two Caithness paperweights, together with a signed Okra No75 paperweight

Caithness 'Millefiori Reflections' Art Glass paperweight with the traditional millefiore ring pattern base & a suspended bubble which reflects the image of the millefiore crance, in a fitted silk lined box. Height 8 cm

Two paperweights, one silver, one glass, later 20th century, the sterling silver paperweight modelled as a ripe and splitting pomegranate, marked .925 and with additional unidentified mark; the tall domed Cascade Caithness Scotland glass weight with colour

A Notable collection of eight Scottish paperweights, later 20th century, a fine selection of floral, millefiori and latticinio examples including three John Deacons' weights, labelled and/or with initialled canes; a Caithness 'Pebble', number B10160m; two

A limited edition Scottish glass 'Royale' paperweight by Caithness

Three paperweights by, Caithness, Isle of white and one other (3)

Caithness 'Christmas Candle' paperweight by Colin Terris limited edition 101 of 500 a blue and pink Christmas candle set upon a sprig of mistletoe, with original box and certificate

Caithness paperweight with fower - boxed and certfcate

Four Caithness glass paperweights 1991, 1992, 1993 & 1995, manufactured in Scotland Reflections, Caithness collectors club diameter 6.5 cm