Orient & Flume was founded in 1972 by the famous glass artist Douglas Boyd. The company’s unique name was derived from its location between Orient Street and Flume Street in Chico, California. At this location, Douglas bought a historic coach house and turned it into an art glass studio. The studio’s breathtaking art glass creations quickly became popular and by 1973 the business had grown too large for the small coach house. The company was then moved to Park Avenue in Chico, where it remains today.
The studio’s early hand-blown glass creations focused on replicating the dazzling pieces of glass made famous by companies like Tiffany, Steuben and Loetz. Over time, her current creation of three-dimensional designs made of clear glass developed. This striking effect is part of what makes your vases and paperweights so valuable among glass collectors.
The artists Bruce Sillars, Chris Sherwin, Richard Braley, Scott Beyers and William Carter work both individually and together on the breathtaking artworks by Orient and Flume. While most Orient & Flume art glass creations correspond to a common theme, each artist has the freedom to add their own touch and style.
Orient & Flume’s art glassware is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Metropolitan Museum, the Chrysler Museum and the Corning Glass Museum. They are also in numerous private collections and galleries worldwide. Her beautiful works are admired and respected by glass collectors worldwide.