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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  15 April 2021

Our next free zoom lecture 20 May 2021

 Our next lecture will be on Thursday 20th May.Full details to follow

GLASS SOCIETY - FREE ZOOM LECTURE - York Minster, The Great East Window - Ian Freestone - Tuesday 13 April 2021 - 7 pm.

The Great East Window of York Minster is one of the largest medieval windows in Britain and was glazed by John Thornton of Coventry between 1405-1408.

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GLASS SOCIETY - FREE ZOOM LECTURE - '' Glass Paperweights - The three key phases of their history '' - Alan Thornton - Tuesday 9 February - 7 pm

Location: 
ZOOM ONLINE

 

  Image Credit (c)   Alan Thornton

The techniques needed to make glass paperweights have been known for 2000 years or more, but paperweights have evolved as an art form only over the last 200 years. 

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National Glass Fair - May 2021 CANCELLED

The Glass Fair in May 2021 has been cancelled.It is hoped that the November Glass Fair will go ahead.

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.

APRIL 2021 EDITION

GLASS SOCIETY - FREE ZOOM LECTURE - La Glass Vallée - Stephen Pollock-Hill - Tuesday 23 March 2021 - 7 pm.

Location: 
ZOOM ONLINE

 

A  small area in France produces 80% of the world's perfume bottles.

 

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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

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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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

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