Azurene

Dates produced

1978-2012

Designer

Michael Harris and William Walker

Colourways

The colourways are derived from the colour of the base glass. All colourways are covered in gold and silver foil, except for the Gold colourway which is gold foil only on a black base glass.

  • Azure (light, sky blue, 1988-1994, 2010-September 2011)
  • Black (not a true black, but an extremely dark inky blue, which looks black, 1978-December 2012)
  • Blue (mid-blue, 1979-1987, 1996-1997, 2005-2009)
  • Gold (1982-1996)
  • Green (1981-1984)
  • Pink (1979-1994, 2003-2009)
  • Purple (2009-September 2011)
  • Red (1986-1987; 2009)
  • Royal Blue (cobalt blue, 1979-1988, and from October 2011-December 2012)
  • Turquoise (1986-1987)
  • White (1982-1984)

Some pieces produced by St. John's Glass on the Isle of Man could be confused with early Isle of Wight azurene pieces, since they also can have the flame pontil mark on the base. Click here to see an example.

Examples

Black

Azurene black trial probably made by Chris Hotton in 1978

A unique vase, 19 cm high x 20 cm at the widest point, made by Michael Harris or Chris Hotton as a trial piece about 1978-79, with impressed 'flame' pontil to the base, as shown on page 85 of Michael Harris: Mdina Glass & Isle of Wight Studio Glass, by Mark Hill [1]. This vase was formerly in the Mark Hill collection but was acquired by Isle of Wight Glass Museum.

Azurene black twinky vase, 16.5 cm high, 20 cm diameter, 6.5 cm thick

A twinky vase, 16.5 cm high, 20 cm diameter and 6.5 cm thick, made mostly for the American market. Notice that the sliver foil on the surface is very tarnished and looks very grey. This was common on early pieces of Azurene.

Azurene black miniature conical perfume bottle, 6 cm diameter at base, 7 cm tall

Azurene black miniature conical perfume bottle, 6 cm diameter at base, 7 cm tall. Made in 2011. Image courtesy of www.billtrev.com.

Azurene black fish vase, 20 cm tall, 20.5 cm wide

This fish vase was made c.1985-1987 and is 20 cm tall and 20.5 cm wide. It is signed on the base "Michael Harris 74-500".

Azurene black ship's decanter, 26 cm high, made 1980

Azurene Ship’s Decanter, 26 cm high including stopper, 17.5 cm wide at the base. Made by Chris Hotton around 1980. According to Timothy Harris's recollection only three of these decanters in black Azurene were made. Examples in blue and pink Azurene are also known.

Certificate issued with a black Azurene cylinder vase in 1979

This certificate was issued with a black Azurene cylinder vase around 1979. The vase had the Design Council Award label awarded that year on the base, presumably covering the flame pontil mark.


Blue

Azurene blue fish vase, 20 cm high, 20 cm diameter

Fish vase, 20 cm high, 20 cm diameter. This item in this size was only available in 1986/7 but due to an enormous price hike in 1986 its sale was severely curtailed, making it one of very few pieces sold at the time.

Azurene blue tall cylinder vase, 22.5 cm high, 10 cm diameter

Tall cylinder vase, 22.5 cm high, 10 cm diameter.


Gold

Azurene gold flask perfume bottle, 14.5 cm high 11 cm diameter

Notice that this flask perfume bottle (14.5 cm high, 11 cm diameter) has only gold leaf added to the surface, not both gold and silver as in other versions of Azurene.


Green

Azurene green lollipop vase, 23 cm high

Lollipop vase, 23 cm high.


Pink

Azurene pink lollipop vase, 23 cm high

Lollipop vase, 23 cm high.


Red

Azurene red perfume bottle, 9 cm high

Perfume bottle, 9 cm high, signed on the base by Michael Harris 1987. This is an extremely rare piece.

Azurene red globe vase

Azurene red globe vase. Image courtesy of Mike Collinson.


Turquoise

Azurene turquoise flask perfume bottle, 15 cm high

Flask perfume bottle, 15 cm high. Turquoise is one of the rarer colours of Azurene.


White

Azurene white lollipop vase, 15 cm high

Lollipop vases in white Azurene are extremely rare. A handful of experimental pieces were made. It is 15 cm high. Price lists of the time for white Azurene include only egg and fruit shaped paperweights.


Bibliography
1. Hill, M. (2006) Michael Harris : Mdina Glass & Isle of Wight Studio Glass. 158 pp. Mark Hill Publishing.

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