1943 Began apprenticeship with Carl Erickson (Erickson Art Glass) Bremen, Ohio 1959 Left Erickson to direct Colonial Glasshouse at Jamestown, Virginia for the National Park Service 1972 Designed facilities and trained glassblowers for the Vandermark Glasshouse of Liberty Village, Flemington, New Jersey 1982 Retired from Jamestown Glasshouse
1972 Commenced operations, specializing in Colonial Reproduction Glassware1974-75 Began to develop and market contemporary and traditional Art Glass 1976 Vandermark work chosen for final show at the Corning Glass Art Society Seminar 1977 Featured artists at the American Paperweight Collectors Association meeting at Wheaton Village, Millville, New Jersey 1979 Began experimentation with Cameo Glass 1980 Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios' "Applied Spider" Cameo Vase was one of nine pieces featured in Art Craft Magazine's review of the National Invitational at Habitat Galleries, Michigan 1981 Hosted the New York Paperweight Collectors Association Annual Meeting1982 Featured in the Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association 1982 Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios Cameo Glass featured in Designs Recycled "Medley 82"1982 One of two contemporary studios featured in the Coming Museum of Glass show and seminar "2000 Years of Cameo Masterpieces"1983-84 Featured in the Art Glass Society Journal 1984 "Insculpture Diatreta: Paperweights introduced at Wheaton Museum of American Glass "Paperweights of Today" exhibit 1984 Victorians Young-Sharin Gallery's "Engraved Glass" exhibit, California1984 Featured in the Annual Bulletin of the Paperweight Collectors Association 1985 Featured in Wheaton Museum of American Glass Exhibit "Three Generations In Glass: Erickson, Vandermark, Merritt" 1985 Douglas Merritt gave lecture at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Wisconsin, "Breakthrough in Glass: A New Technique in the Art of Cameo Carving" 1985 Vandermark-Merritt Cameo Glass featured in "Collectors Editions: magazine 1986 Douglas Merritt gave lecture on "Insculpture Diatreta" for the Michigan Chapter Paperweight Collectors Association in conjunction with Michigan Glass Month 1986 Vandermark-Merrill Diatreta featured in "The Glass Club Bulletin" of the National Early American Glass Club 1986 Featured in the Wheaton Museum of American Glass Exhibit "Flowers from Flame: American Lampwork Paperweights" 1986 Commissioned to create hand-cut reproduction globes for the chandelier in the Renaissance Revival Room of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City 1986 Featured in "New Glass Review 7" from the Coming Museum of Glass1987 Douglas Merritt gave lecture to Westchester, New York Glass Club 1987 Featured in lecture "Reproductions in America Glass" delivered by Jane Spillman, Curator of American Glass at the Coming Museum in Coming, New York 1987 Featured in Signature Fine Arts exhibition "Focus Paperweights" 1982-89 Douglas Merritt elected to the Board of Directors of the Creative Glass Center of America 1989 VMGS commissioned to make a special Limited Edition perfume bottle for Jaclyn Smith's "California" fragrance 1990 VMGS featured in "Paperweights & Perfumes '90" Exhibit at Del Mano Galleries, California 1990 James McClure gave a lecture to the Pennsylvania Carnival Glass Collectors Club 1990-91 VMGS cornrnissioned to make the first Limited Edition Convention Commemorative Perfume Bottle for the Perfume & Scent Bottle Collectors Club 1990-91 VMGS featured in the "Special Delivery - Craft Americana" exhibit at the Renwick Museum Shop of the Smithsonian Institution 1992-93 Invitational Perfume Bottle Show, Signature Gallery 1994 Douglas Merritt gave lecture to the Washington, D.C. Paperweight Collectors 1995 Washington, D.C. Paperweight Collectors Association visits Vandermark- Merritt Glass Studio 1996 Selected for the NJ State Museum Show 1996 Participants in Spring Show at The American Craft Museum. 1999 Listed in Who's Who in America.
Blue Violet Hexagon Perfume Bottle
Sterling Silver & Blown Glass Paper Weight
Sterling Silver & Blue Iridescent Blown Glass Perfume Bottle
Wild Flowers Tall Vase
Celestial Vase, Tall