Portland Vase

The Stourbridge 2012 Portland Vase Project @ The National Glass Fair , Sunday 11th November.


At The National Glass Fair alongside the antique glass on offer, you will also find a very good selection of items by  some of the best contemporary glass artists working in the UK. The modern glass produced by these master craftsmen are works of art in their own right and the technical skill of modern glassmakers will ensure that their creations become antiques of the future. This craftsmanship will be celebrated at the November 2012 fair via an exhibition documenting the recent recreation of the Portland Vase by glassmakers Richard Golding, Steve Piper, lan Dury, Helen Knight and Terri Colledge. The exhibition will provide further information about the Stourbridge Twenty Twelve Portland Vase Project and the manufacturing process behind this fantastic achievement.  Image by courtesy Of John Levett.

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.


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