"Annie Morhauser fell in love with the beauty of glass when she first saw it being blown on the beach over 30 years ago. She graduated from the California College of the Arts with training in a range of glass techniques, but it was developing her own “slumping” process back in the ‘80s that marked the beginning of Annieglass. Annieglass’s original tour de force was a piece called “Roman Antique,” a plate of thick glass with a widely painted rim of pure gold, a spoof of traditional fine china. She took it to a trade show in 1983 and astounded the country’s leading retailers with this entirely new look in dinnerware—today, “Roman Antique” is an oft-imitated industry icon. In 2008, Annieglass celebrated its 25th anniversary as one of the industry’s leaders in luxury-handmade, glass table art. The Annieglass studio in Santa Cruz, California, which was originally 400 square feet, is now a manufacturing facility of more than 15,000 square feet employing thirty full time employees and resident artists in training, who handcraft more than 80,000 plates, bowls, serving dishes and decorative accessories annually. "