International Festival of Glass 2012


I've just spent four days at the International Festival of Glass - a marvellous time.  Highlights for me were the Biennale Exhibition, the 2012 Portland Vase, and several of the lectures, in particular Alison Kinnaird's talk about the commission she received from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.  I'm hoping to go to Edinburgh very soon, and am looking forward to seeing the work in place. 

The Guild of Glass Engravers have an exhibition in the Red House Cone that continues until early October.  This too is well worth a visit.  Many of the exhibits are for sale. 

On a lighter note, I saw some of the demonstrations of glassmaking both at Broadfield House and the Cone.  I didn't have the stamina of either Allister Malcolm or Elliot Walker - congratulations to both on their efforts.  A lot of money will have been raised for an excellent cause - the British Glass Foundation.