Welcome to The Glass Society

The Glass Association & The Glass Circle merged in 2019 to become The Glass Society

  

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  04 December  2020

GLASS SOCIETY - FREE ZOOM LECTURE - ''5000 Years of Glass'' - Andy McConnell - Thursday 17 December 2020 -7 pm

Location: 
ZOOM ONLINE

    First formed by accident 5000 years ago, glass has gradually evolved into Mankind’s most important creation and its greatest tool in shaping the modern world.

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              Image (c) Andy McConnell


VIRTUAL TOUR 'Venice & American Studio Glass' - Autumn 2020

Location: 
Virtual tour of current exhibition in Venice

WHAT'S on in THE WORLD of GLASS ?

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

DECEMBER 2020 & JAN 2021 EDITION

GLASS SOCIETY AGM on ZOOM - Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 6 pm.

Location: 
ZOOM

     DETAILS to follow.

Glass Circle and Glass Association Publications

There is a wealth of information in the past publications of The Glass Circle & The Glass Association.

You can find more details here.

GLASS CIRCLE PUBLICATIONS.

GLASS ASSOCIATION JOURNALS.

GLASS ASSOCIATION CONES.

GLASS SOCIETY- FREE ZOOM LECTURE - Tuesday 21 July - In Sparkling Company - Glass and the cost of Social life in Britain during the 1700s - Speaker Christopher Maxwell

 

Image (C) The J. Paul Getty Museum

John,Lord Mountstuart, later 4th Earl & 1st Marques of Bute

Britain in the 1700s was complex, dynamic, and full of growth, whether industrial, geographical, intellectual or societal. The nation began the century under the leadership of a Dutch king (William III, r. 1689-1702), followed by a dynasty of Germans (the Hanoverians, r.1714-1837). Its aristocracy was educated on European Grand Tours, and its commercial, political and territorial ambitions stretched from North America to India, and from Africa to China. It was a world that fostered exploration, expansion and exploitation.

The British glass industry replaced that of Venice as the global leader during this period but, beyond its presence in dining and drinking rituals, little discussion has hitherto been made of the significance of glass in the lives of the nation’s elite during the 1700s.

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GLASS SOCIETY -- LOCK DOWN QUIZ Number 1 MAY 2020

The results of the recent quiz will be posted here soon.

Here are three images from the quiz. Who made or designed them ?

 

 

QUIZ - Answers

 

POSTPONED........GLASS SOCIETY Study day at The Norwich Castle Museum 20 April 2020

Location: 
Norwich Castle Museum NR1 3JU

 

 

Norwich Castle Museum, which played host to our AGM in 2019, has offered The Glass Society the opportunity to look at glass behind the scenes and not on public display. The study day coincides with the museum being gifted a collection of mainly C18th English glass and is, therefore, our opportunity to help them and in so doing repay some of their kindness and hospitality.

Members who did not attend the AGM will also have the opportunity to tour the museum and see their outstanding collection of works by the Norwich School of artists as well as the local glass of William Absolon.

Regret that THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

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CANCELLED ................National Glass Fair Sunday 8 November 2020

Location: 
National Motorcycle Museum B92 0EJ

 

THE NOVEMBER 2020 FAIR HAS BEEN CANCELLED .

THE NEXT FAIR WILL BE IN May 2021

GLASS SOCIETY -Lecture 'In Search of British Seventeenth-Century Glass' by Colin Brain. Tuesday 10th December 2019.

Location: 
The Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT

This talk is about the fun of researching and collecting drinking glasses dating from the period 1662-1702, and about some of the people, like Robert Charleston and David Watts, who provided help and encouragement.  In particular, Colin will discuss his efforts to rely less on stylistic attributions in favour of more objective measures such as density and UV-fluorescence.

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GLASS SOCIETY Lecture Tuesday 12 November 2019 Sally Scott F.G.E ' What goes into the making of large scale glass commissions ? '

Location: 
Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT

Sally Scott F.G.E., architectural glass engraver and painter, will give us an insight into her career in glass (spanning over three decades); with a focus on her commission to design the new entrance to Ripon Cathedral in 2012. This will be accompanied by a film following the stages of this project from start to finish. She will also discuss her work on an even larger scale at Leeds Minster and the Roman Catholic National Shrine to Our Lady in Walsingham.

 

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National Glass Fair Sunday 10 November 2019

Location: 
The National Motorcycle Museum B92 0EJ

Glass Society visit to Heike Brachlow Studio

Location: 
Parndon Mill Harlow CM20 2 HP

 

Image   Heike Bracklow Anima 2

Visit to Heike Brachlow's Studio Complex 

Tuesday 29th October, at 2 pm.

Parndon Mill in Essex provides workspace for artists, craftspeople, designers and architects who have the opportunity to share ideas and use their different skills to collaborate on creative work.

Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Heike Brachlow received her BA in glass 2004 from the University of Wolverhampton, her MA in 2006 and her PhD in 2012 from the Royal College of Art in London. She primarily works as a self-employed artist from her studio at Parndon Mill, and as an educator and lecturer, teaching at the Royal College of Art and institutions such as the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass and Pilchuck Glass School. Heike will speak to our group about her approach and technique of cast glass sculpture. Her assistant glass maker, Joshua Kerley, will then explain his approach to kiln formed glass.

As the gallery will be holding their annual glass exhibition throughout October (http://www.parndonmill.co.uk) we will be able to see the creativity of other artists.

Refreshments, unfortunately nothing is available on site but the Moorhen Pub and Grill ( Burntmill Ln, Harlow CM20 2QS) is close. Overnight visitors could be accommodated at the Marriott Hotel, Hanbury Manor which is 20 minutes away.The cost is £5 per member, £7.50 for non-members payable to Ian Gouldsbrough on the day. Ian is a member of the Glass Society and recently joined the committee.

Register your attendance with Ian on iangoulds@gmail.com

Any questions either Email Ian or contact him on 07884 003121     Parndon Mill is within walking distance of Old Harlow railway station

Image Heike Brachlow - Theme

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