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 'Miniature Thistle' glass paperweight, together with 1 other glass paperweight,a glass dolphin figure, together with a hand blown perfume bottle

Four Caithness glass paperweights some limited editions

Three millefiori glass paperweights including Caithness

Three Caithness glass paperweights including millefiori

Paperweight. By Caithness glass floral with bubble decoration paper label to base

Two Caithness glass paper weights one entitled 'Brushstrokes' & the other 'Moonflower' to base

Caithness glass 'Violetta' paperweight and another one entitled 'Pebble'

Boxed set four Caithness glasses, each glass with etched season 'Summer,' 'Winter,' 'Autumn,' & 'Spring.'. Height 12 cm (each)

A Caithness Art Glass footed bowl, modern, the flared bowl on a bun stem and spreading foot, clear glass, the bowl internally painted with vegetation in several colours the base engraved 'Caithness Scotland' height 13.5 cm. Diameter 21 cm.

A Caithness glass paperweight by Sarah Peterson, in the stylized form a fish, clear glass with coloured inclusions and bubbles, engraved signature. Height 10.5 cm. Length 24 cm