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.
The British Glass Foundation supported by The Glass Association & The Friends of Broadfield House Glass Museum are pleased to announce a conference at Hagley Hall to celebrate 2000 years of cameo glass.Booking Form & Further Details.
The speakers are Dr Paul Roberts ,the senior curator in the department of Greek & Roman Antiquities at The British Museum. His talk '' Ancient Roman Cameo Glass ''will be followed by Charles Hajdamach whose talk is entitled ''The Glories Of Stourbridge Cameo Glass ''. To bring cameo glass making right up to date the 2012 replica of The Portland Vase will be unveiled.