By 1962, the Epic line had grown from the original 14 pieces to include approximately 51 peices and was well on its' way to popularity. The Epic line retail prices in 1962 ranged from $1.50 to $10. WOW! Times have changed.
Bluenique is one of the colors added to the original 5. The image on the left is my 1962, 14" shallow bowl, #1421 in the bluenique color (introduced in 1958). Pictures don't do it justice. The blue reminds me of the craters inside the reef where the ocean water is still clear but a deeper blue on the island of Guam.
This peice is rather hard to find on the internet. The shallow bowl was also made in an 8 1/2" and a 22" version. After searching for more than a week, I finally verified a secondary market value and the fact that there are not too many to be had.
Another piece I own and love is the 6 petal crimped vase, also from 1962, #890, 6 1/2" also in the bluenique color. This piece still has the majority of the "Viking Glass" sticker on it. Again the color is phenomenal in person.
With the popularity of the free-form style, many other glass companies started producing "look-a-likes". If you are a collector, know that most Viking glass bears no stamp or inscription in the glass. Viking used the foil stickers exclusively until close to the end when a few pieces were actually marked in the glass.
Also, because the sticky labels were used, some have found that the label was placed on a non-Viking glass item. The labels themselves were used over many years and the color or style is not an indication of production year or age of a piece.
The Epic pieces were manufactured in an array of colors and styles. Vases, bowls, animal figurines, smoking items and more bore a modern, almost futuristic style that is synonymous with the Epic name.