ModestGlassCo

Handmade glass home goods

Knoxville, Tennessee

Announcement    Welcome to Modest Glass co! (A Pretentious Glass Co. project!) 2020 has certainly been a strange year for all of us. Early this year we had to (temporarily) close our galley doors to the public to protect our employees and the community, but that didn't stop us from working behind the scenes! Since many of our in person gallery events have been cancelled we decided to bring the gallery online and open Modest Glass Co. We hope our local supporters and those around the world enjoy the hottest lines from the gallery of Pretentious Glass.

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 8, 2020

Welcome to Modest Glass co! (A Pretentious Glass Co. project!) 2020 has certainly been a strange year for all of us. Early this year we had to (temporarily) close our galley doors to the public to protect our employees and the community, but that didn't stop us from working behind the scenes! Since many of our in person gallery events have been cancelled we decided to bring the gallery online and open Modest Glass Co. We hope our local supporters and those around the world enjoy the hottest lines from the gallery of Pretentious Glass.

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About ModestGlassCo

Sales 106
On Etsy since 2020

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Modest Glass Co. makes quality, collectable glass artwork and home decor. Already a season glassblower, Matthew Cummings, opened Pretentious beer and glass company, with a goal to change the glassware game! (you can check out PBGC here!) Over 8 years later PBGC has grown into a small but mighty operation based in Knoxville TN. Friends of PBGC know, however that our crew excels at more than just glassware! 5 years ago, nestled in the heart of the Old city, we opened a store front filled with everything from custom sculpture to christmas ornaments. We have had such a positive experience sharing our art with the community, that we decided to bring the Knoxville gallery to you with Modest Glass!


We use techniques that haven’t really changed in several hundred years. Molten glass is collected on a hollow blowpipe, and shaped with the use of wet newspaper pads or wooden tools. After the glass is finished hot, we take each glass to the coldshop where we engrave and/or grind the bottoms flat. Once finished, each glass gets inspected and then we package them up and send them out. Despite the volume and breadth of distribution of these products, it is still a small scale operation with the help of a few friends, who quickly became family. I hope that you enjoy them as much as we have enjoyed making them for you.

Shop members

  • Summer Small

    Gallery Manager, Customer Service

    Summer is a painter from Knoxville TN. She likes rollerskating and the old city. She hopes to one day become a proficient glassblower herself.

  • Alex Greenwood

    Glassblower

    Alex has been blowing glass since 2001. He originally from North Carolina, but now calls knoxville home. He enjoys riding bikes with his wife, hannah in his free time.

  • David Wiss

    Glassblower

    David and Matthew have been working together for more than 5 years. David is originally from Alabama. When he's not blowing glass, he's thinking about it!

  • Alex Ward

    Assistant

    "ward" is recently graduated from Centre college with a glassblowing degree. He loves traveling and hanging out with his dog, Judson.

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Last updated on Sep 4, 2020
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Custom and personalized orders

Looking to have something custom made? check out our DYO listings first! these listings give you the opportunity to design your vary own piece for reasonable prices.

Are you related to Pretentious Glass Co?

Yes!!! We are the same crew! However PBGC focuses only on glassware, while Modest Glass produces home goods of all kinds.