Gray-Stan Glass - Image (c) Broadfield House Glass Museum

Welcome to The Glass Association


The organisation for all who are interested in the fascinating world of glass and glass-making

Whether you are interested in Victorian decorative glass, 18th century drinking glasses, pressed glass, carnival glass, Scandinavian and Italian Modernist glass, contemporary Art Glass ,stained glass or any other kind of glass,  you are sure to find something of interest .


Upcoming Glass Events

website updated  06 December 2018

TALK - Evidence of Original Designs by Dr Christopher Dresser in the Pattern Books of Thomas Webb Stourbridge - by Clive Manison.

The Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT 22 November 18:30 Hours

Christopher Dresser (1834 –1904) was a designer and design theorist, now widely known as one of the first and most important, independent designers. 
He was a pivotal figure in the Aesthetic Movement and a major contributor to the allied Anglo-Japanese or Modern English style, both of which had long-lasting international influence.




The Glass Association and The Glass Circle will merge in 2019 to form The Glass Society.

Our joint AGM & Study Day was held on Saturday 13th October at The V & A .

The third issue of our joint publication Glass Matters was published this month.

National Glass Fair, Sunday 4 November 2018

National Motorcycle Museum W Midlands B92 0EJ

Glass Matters Magazine

Glass Matters is a joint magazine published by The Glass Association and The Glass Circle.

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A monthly newsletter on the world of contemporary glass.             Compiled by Alan J Poole & reproduced here with his permission


Carnival Glass Society Weekend event


Andy McConnell and Friends

Clare Suffolk -Town Hall & Community Centre 26 -27 October

Lalique Mascot Sale.

Geoffrey Weiner is selling his extensive collection of Lalique mascots on 6th September .

Image peacock head                         Image (c) Gorringes  Auctions Lewes

Sale Details


The Glass Fair At Ickworth

Ickworth House Horringer Road Bury St Edmunds IP29 5SA

'300 Years of Glass in One Day'

On Sunday 23rd September there will be a real treat for lovers of glass when a new specialist fair comes to Ickworth House.

With around 40 exhibitors offering a wide selection of fine antique and collectable glass, ranging from Georgian drinking glasses through to contemporary studio pieces, this will be a wonderful day out in the beautiful surroundings of Ickworth house, park and gardens near Bury St Edmunds.

Brought to you by Specialist Glass Fairs Ltd, who also organise the Knebworth and National Glass Fairs, this event is a must whether you are seeking to add to your collection or just love beautiful things.

Entry to the house, gardens and fair is free for National Trust members or admission is £8.10 to the gardens which gives free entry to the fair.

Do put the date in your diary!

The fair is open from 10.30am-5.00pm, refreshments are available and there is free parking.

Ickworth Park, Horringer nr. Bury St. Edmunds  (IP29 5SA) on the A143 - follow the brown signs. 07887 762872

The Art of Flame Glass Working - 28 June2018

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT

The June Glass Circle meeting ' The Art of Flame Glass Working ' by Sylvie Lhermite-King.

 16th Century Flame Glass Mirror Frame        Image (c) Corning Museum of Glass  Corning NY


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Visit to view a Member's Glass Collection with a picnic lunch.

West Stow Hall Bury St Edmund's Suffolk IP28 6EY

Legend has it that West Stow Hall was built by Sir John Croftes, 'Master of the Horse to Mary Tudor', Dowager Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk, and that he had her coat of arms placed over the door to the gatehouse by way of a compliment to her. 

The current custodians of West Stow are Eileen and Andy Gilbert who have been in residence for approximately eight years. Andy has a large collection of glass, scattered around the house, ranging from Eighteenth century wine glasses through to Whitefriars and Lynn Glass.

This is your opportunity to view the house, including the C16th wall paintings, look at the glass collection and have a picnic in the glorious surroundings of West Stow



Full details of the meeting on the 23rd June

Visit to The Howarth Art Gallery and view a Member's Glass Collection.

Haworth Art Gallery Hollins Lane Accrington BB5 2JS

We start the day with the viewing of a member's collection of glass made in North West England.  We then visit the Gallery in Accrington which has the largest public collection of Tiffany Glass in Europe.

Lunch Menu.

Tiffany Mosaic   Image Credit (c) Hyndburn BC

Glass Beads in Early Anglo-Saxon England: Productions & Origins - Lecture by Jimmy Peake.

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT

Our understanding of the production of glass artefacts in early medieval England between the 5th and 7th centuries is limited. Scientific analysis of a large number of glass beads excavated from the early Anglo-Saxon cemetery complex at RAF Lakenheath (Eriswell), Suffolk, has provided new insights into the ways in which glass was procured and used in early medieval beadmaking. The results have revealed a number of distinct types of glass produced in the ‘Roman’ glassmaking tradition, which are likely to have their origins in the Near East. 

Full Details of the meeting on 24th May.

Scandinavian Glass - Starting All Over

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft DK-8400 Ebeltoft

On 20th April, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft will open this year’s extensive summer exhibition, ’Scandinavian Glass – Starting All Over’. More than 70 artists and designers from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark are represented in the exhibition, which will be the largest presentation of Nordic glass for decades.

 Frida Fjellman  Sweden 'Une Touche de Soleil image(c) Museet Ebeltoft DK

Full Details  on view until 23rd September.

Joonas Laakso Finland 'Satelite 2 - 2017  Image(c) Museet Ebeltoft DK

Manchester's Decorative Glass Reappraised - Lecture by David Willars.

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT


The decorative glass industry of Manchester grew from the 1820’s when a group of Warrington glassmakersmoved twenty miles east and built a high class business using traditional techniques before branching out into new methods, colours and finishes. 

Full Details of the meeting 17 April 2018

Fabulous Beasts Club by Nancy Sutcliffe at The Scottish Gallery Edinburgh EH3 6HZ.

Nancy Sutcliffe won one of The Glass Association prizes at The 2017 International Festival of Glass. 

You can see more of her work at this exhibition.

Image (c )  The Scottish Gallery

Exhibition Catalogue

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