Georges Briard, whose birth name was Jascha Brojdo, was born in Russia in 1917. At the age of 20, he moved to the U.S. and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago where he earned his MFA. In the beginning of Briard's career, he would purchase blank glassware from companies like Libbey and Anchor Hocking and embellish these blanks with his designs. Being a designer, not a manufacturer of glass, he later realized he could license his name to companies who would, in turn, produce his designs on glassware. His "designed and signed" wares were stocked at noted department stores, including Neiman Marcus and Bonwit Teller. Briard, an award winning mid-century designer, died in 2005.