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At the risk of promoting a website I created, I thought you might find
this new page of inspirational studio glass history interesting,<br>
and if not, perhaps you will find the link to Ed Schmid's book
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<h2>History of Gabbert Cullet</h2>
<td align="left" width="80%"><font size="+1">While reading Ed
Schmid's wonderful new book <a href="http://www.glassmtn.com">The
Glassworker's Bathroom Reader</a>
whose purpose is to "Document, Entertain, and Forewarn You - The
Reader, about the Wide Wonderful World of Glassworking."
right there on pages 64 and 65 of Ed's book is the story
"A Brief History of Blowable Cullet and Those Responsible for its
by <b>Henry Halem</b> which includes this important section:<br>
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<td align="left" width="70%">I placed a call to O.J.
"Jiggs" Gabbert and found him very amiable and
willing to help us. Little did I know that our needs were a drop in the
bucket compared to the orders he was filling for marble and other types
of glass factories around the country. He was even filling large cullet
orders for a factory in Mexico. The first glass we bought from him was
Fenton Cullet: soft, bright, and most important of all, consistent from
order to order.
<p>So, in 1974, Joel Myers, Fritz Dreisbach, and I placed
orders with O.J. "Jiggs" Gabbert for cullet at 3 cents a pound. We were
unsure if we should share our source with others, because we had no
idea what quantities were available. Jiggs assured us that there was
more than enough to go around. The rest is history.
<p>All the schools started using this reasonably priced
high quality cullet and, because Gabbert understood our needs and made
the glass accessible, our programs were able to flourish.
<p>The Gabbert Cullet Co. is still in business having been
purchased by Frank Lane in September of 1989, and still supplying some
schools with cullet but I'm sure business has waned as new sources of
good, clean, soft cullet have been made available.
<p>Jiggs Gabbert passed away on April 19th 1992. Upon
believe O.J. "Jiggs" Gabbert was one of the major cogs in our wheel and
the studio glass movement may not have flourished at the rate that it
did if it wasn't for the Gabbert Cullet Co.
<p><b>On my recommendation, in 1987 Jiggs was awarded an
membership in the Glass Art Society for recognition of his
contributions to the studio glass movement.</b>
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