Mosser Glass

American Made Since 1970
2014 Crafts Finalist

Mindy Mosser-Hartley

Cambridge, Ohio
One of the last remaining manufacturers of hand pressed glassware, Mosser Glass offers a little bit of nostalgia blended with modern day charm.
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Tell us about your business.

Located in Cambridge, Ohio, Mosser has been manufacturing quality hand-pressed glass products for over thirty years. Our handcrafted glassware lines consist of Carnival, Vaseline and Opalescent, as well as hand-decorated pieces. Some of our most popular items include cake stands, a variety of tableware and collectible salt and pepper shakers.

Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.

We opened a brand new showroom and retail store in May of 2014. For a firsthand look at the process, we offer Glass Factory Tours Monday – Friday 8 am – 9:30 am and 10:45 am – 2 pm Showroom Hours Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm

What inspires you?

We decided from day one that we were committed to manufacturing quality glassware and we feel that brought us continuing success. Today, we employ over 30 people in an efficient manufacturing process configured to provide the highest quality glassware for our customers. Our product line mixes new designs with timeless classics acquired from Viking, L.G. Wright and, of course, Cambridge Glass.

What makes your business stand out?

Our glass is hand-pressed in our Cambridge facility. The cast iron moulds are warmed at a temperature of up to 1000 F.from 1-3 hours before production begins. The next step is the pressing of the glass. A person called the gatherer will bring the amount of glass out of the furnace needed depending on the size of the piece.  The  molten glass will then be pressed into the pattern of the mould. after a minute or so to cool the mould will open to display a newly formed piece of  glassware. Once the piece is brought out of the mould, it will be given additional time to cool and harden with a little help of air blowing on to the glass. An important part of the process is polishing. Most of our pieces go through a glazer which fires the glass and melts off the very outer layer, leaving it with a smoother, shinier  finish. After the glazer, the glassware goes through a three and one-half hour annealing process that slowly cools the glass to prevent it from shattering or breaking. 

What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?

Be committed, and learn your trade from the bottom up. Save your money to follow your dream, and work where you can find space. I saved for 5 years, purchasing glass moulds where i could along the way. Then I began making glass in an abandoned chicken coop. Now I employ more than 30 people with a plant and a 2100 square foot showroom.

What does American Made mean to you?

American Made means opportunity for our family to continue to own and operate Mosser Glass. Our family is dedicated to quality glass working. Our mix of generations brings new ideas to the company without the loss of the traditions our customers cherish. American Made is also a legacy to us, that allows us to blend beauty and fine craftsmanship in every piece of glassware we produce.

Comments (1)

  • richardsonm379 19 Oct, 2014

    I have Mosser slippers and don't know much about them, however if anyone does please let me know something.


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