Late Cloudy Powell at Knebworth    - Image (c) Circaglass

Welcome to The Glass Association


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 22 March 2018

Manchester's Decorative Glass Reappraised - Lecture by David Willars.

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT


The decorative glass industry of Manchester grew from the 1820’s when a group of Warrington glassmakersmoved twenty miles east and built a high class business using traditional techniques before branching out into new methods, colours and finishes. 

Full Details of the meeting 17 April 2018

Fabulous Beasts Club by Nancy Sutcliffe at The Scottish Gallery Edinburgh EH3 6HZ.

Nancy Sutcliffe won one of The Glass Association prizes at The 2017 International Festival of Glass. 

You can see more of her work at this exhibition.

Image (c )  The Scottish Gallery

Exhibition Catalogue

Visit to The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge

Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge CB2 1RB

       The Frua-Valsecchi Collection   Image(c) The Fitzwilliam Museum

          Details of the visit 25th April 2018

Glass Matters 1

Glass Matters is a joint magazine published by The Glass Association and The Glass Circle.


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


Glass Beads in Early Anglo-Saxon England: Productions & Origins - Lecture by Jimmy Peake.

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT

Our understanding of the production of glass artefacts in early medieval England between the 5th and 7th centuries is limited. Scientific analysis of a large number of glass beads excavated from the early Anglo-Saxon cemetery complex at RAF Lakenheath (Eriswell), Suffolk, has provided new insights into the ways in which glass was procured and used in early medieval beadmaking. The results have revealed a number of distinct types of glass produced in the ‘Roman’ glassmaking tradition, which are likely to have their origins in the Near East. 

Full Details of the meeting on 24th May.

Scandinavian Glass - Starting All Over

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft DK-8400 Ebeltoft

On 20th April, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft will open this year’s extensive summer exhibition, ’Scandinavian Glass – Starting All Over’. More than 70 artists and designers from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark are represented in the exhibition, which will be the largest presentation of Nordic glass for decades.

 Frida Fjellman  Sweden 'Une Touche de Soleil image(c) Museet Ebeltoft DK

Full Details

Joonas Laakso Finland 'Satelite 2 - 2017  Image(c) Museet Ebeltoft DK

National Glass Fair, Sunday 6 May 2018

National Motorcycle Museum W Midlands B92 0EJ

Exhibition Dumbarton Glass - Clydebank Museum Clydebank G81 1UE

It was once the most important factory of its type in the country and was the sole provider of glass in Scotland for more than three decades.

Now a major exhibition has been launched showcasing the products manufactured at the renowned Dumbarton glassworks for the first time.  Exhibition ends 5 May 2018.

Image (c) Scotland Herald


Soft Glass Sculpture - The Figure - Lecture by Caroline Weidman.

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT

Vittorio Zecchin: Transparent Glass for Cappellin & Venini . On show until 7 January 2018.

The next Autumn Exhibition at LE STANZA DEL VITRO will be dedicated to the Muranese artist Vittorio Zecchin.

On show will be the transparent blown glass works that he designed for Cappellin & Venini from 1921 - 1926.


Image (c) Le Stanza Del Vitro

''Hot Stuff!'' The Birth of Studio Glass by Mark Hill

Howe Room - Peterborough Museum PE1 1LF - 21 Nov 2017.

In connection to the exhibition Glass, Light, Paint & Clay from the Graham Cooley Collection, which includes work by Studio Glass founder, Sam Herman; Mark Hill will be delivering a talk on decorative glass at Peterborough Museum. Although glass has been made for centuries, the 1960s saw a revolution in the way it was made, opening it up to artists across the world and allowing for unprecedented creativity. After looking at the historical context and the genesis of the movement, Mark examines the work of six key and pioneering glass artists from the US and the UK, including Sam Herman, Dale Chihuly, and Peter Layton and put them into context. Containing previously unseen photographs taken at the time, this talk also includes Mark's top tips and an overview of the market today and the creative journey made by glassmakers so far.Tickets are £6 per person and are available to buy from Peterborough Museum reception in person or via: 01733 864663

Image (c)  Graham Cooley /

''Glass,Light,Paint & Clay'' A Graham Cooley Collection - On show until 14 Dec 2017.

Peterborough Museum & City Gallery PE1 1LF

Dr Graham Cooley is bringing his eclectic collection to Peterborough City Gallery until 14th December 2017. His unique selection of artwork reveals his broad taste across different materials and practices. Most collectors will amass a certain type of work, normally by a certain artist, and stick to it. Cooley, however, meets the art world with open arms and scoops up an array of work which portrays the level of craftsmanship coming out of the UK. This spectrum includes GLASS by Sam Herman, LIGHTs by ceramicist Bernard Rooke, PAINT by Duncan Clarke and CLAY by John Maltby.

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International Festival of Glass 2017

Glass Association members voted for their favourite piece of glass at the 2017 festival.

The £ 500 winner was Sunflowers by Colin Reid and the £ 250 runner up fabulous beasts by Nancy Sutcliffe.

Image credits (c) The Glass Association

Lancashire & Stained Glass - A celebration of Abbott & Co and stained glass in Lancashire 25Nov17

Lancashire Archives Bow Lane PRESTON PR1 2RE


Join us for a celebration of Abbott & Co of Lancaster and stained glass manufacture in Lancashire from the medieval period to the 20th century.

Talks include medieval stained glass in Lancashire by Penny Hebgin-Barnes, the company of George Wragge of Salford, by Veronica Smith and Abbott & Co stained glass manufacturers of Lancaster by Margaret Edwards. There will also be an exhibition of Abbott & Co and Shrigley & Hunt watercolour designs and art inspired by the collections created by Fiona Rainford, textile artist.

This will be a fascinating event for anyone interested in the craft of stained glass and its Lancashire heritage.

Further information and Booking 

'' Glass of the Caesar's 30th Anniversary - Association for the History of Glass

The British Museum London

A 2 day seminar will be held in the British Museum to mark the 30th anniversary of the Glass of the Caesars exhibition.'

 Sessions will be based on broad themes: Organisation of the Roman glass industry, production techniques, hot and cold decoration of glass, regional traditions, the contribution of scientific analysis and research, the changing roles of museums in the presentation of ancient glass and public engagement with glass studies.

Further information & booking form

Glass Circle meeting 7 Dec17 ' The Scent bottle, the Jewel of the Glass Crown' by Andy McConnell

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT

This talk traces the stylistic and technological advances that have marked the history of glassmaking and the scent bottle from pre-history, through the 18th century and Victorian eccentricity to the present day. 

Booking Form

Glass Circle Meeting 12 October 17 ' Glass Lighting for English Country Houses in C 19th.

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT

John Smith gives the second part of his talk on lighting.

Booking Form


The Antony & Maureen Ward Glass Collection

Three Swans Hotel Market Harborough LE16 7NJ 15 September 19:30

Sowerby 'Royal swan' salt     image credit The Carnival Glass Society


The Carnival Glass Society invites Glass Association Members to view the Antony & Maureen Ward Glass Collection.

Full Details & Booking Form

AGM & Study Day . The History of the Scottish Glass Industry and a life in Stained Glass Saturday 14 October 2017

Ely Cathedral Conference Centre CB7 4EW & The Stained Glass Museum in Ely

' From Goblets to Gaslights' - The Scottish Glass Industry 1750 - 2006 by Jill Turnbull.  ' A life in Stained Glass ' by Alf Fisher MBE and a guided visit to The Stained Glass Museum in Ely Cathedral.


Image Credit        The Ely Stained Glass Museum


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