‘Friggers’ or ‘Whimsey Glass’ are names given to the unusual novelty creations of factory glass makers, who at the end of the working day, were free to use the leftover molten glass. The glass makers often made intricate, ornamental items such as rolling pins, boots and walking canes, which allowed them to express their own creativity and skill or experiment with colouring and detail. The objects produced were either kept to decorate the home or some sold them on the side to supplement their income.
Image courtesy Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums.
Artefacts and objects from: Beamish Museum, Co. Durham and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.
Waste Not, Want Not is a companion exhibition to Re-make/Re-model. Find out more about Re-make/Re-model.