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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 update  27 April 2022

GLASS SOCIETY LECTURE - FREE on ZOOM - Thomas Moser - Vitreous Waves : Émile Gallé’s Oceanic Glasswork Between Art and Aquarists - Thursday 21 April - 7pm.

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In the years around 1900, the artists of the École de Nancy elevated glass art to an entirely new level.

Among the high-quality works, one object stands out: the so-called ' Main aux algues et aux coquillages'.

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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.

MAY 2022 EDITION

GLASS SOCIETY - FREE ZOOM LECTURE - Colin Brain - How old is this glass ? -Thursday 17th March - 7pm

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The age of a glass can be important to a collector
in a number of different ways. For some an antique
glass is a window into the past and its date informs
their muse on what events it may have ‘seen’, or who
might have drunk from it. 

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GLASS SOCIETY - FREE ZOOM LECTURE - Mathij Van der Meulen - 40 Years building a collection : The Ker Amen Glass - Tuesday 8 March 2022 - 7 PM

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This will be a personal story. Along the way I would like to show you some of my favourite glasses and why they are my favourites.

Originally I collected candlesticks. But when I met my wife and she came to live with me, these depressed her. So I moved to glasses. 

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GLASS SOCIETY - FREE ZOOM LECTURE - Nigel Benson - Differences between makers of British Arts & Crafts glass - how do we tell ? Thursday 16 December 2021 - 7 pm

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Noticing the name “Powell” used for all forms of British Arts & Crafts glassware, Nigel shows how he determines features identifying which company made a particular piece. This ongoing search relies on observation, looking for ‘touch stone’ items – readily identifiable by a known manufacturer, informing the colours and forms from that company.

 

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GLASS SOCIETY - FREE ZOOM LECTURE - Miranda Lowe - BLASCHKA: Glass Creatures of the ocean-Thursday 14 October - 7 pm.

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Tiny, delicate, and beautiful: the Blaschka glass models capture the ethereal mystery of the deep sea.

Over 10,000 of them were created and distributed worldwide by father and son Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka in the nineteenth century.

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GLASS FAIRS - CANCELLED

Specialist Glass Fairs is sorry to announce that not only has our November 2021 fair been cancelled, but we have regrettably decided to call it a day on all future glass fairs.  Additional Information 

GLASS SOCIETY - FREE ZOOM LECTURE - Nigel Jeffries - 17th to 19th century English glass bottles with applied seals -Thursday 20 May 2021 - 7 pm.

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English glass bottles with applied seals displaying the designs of drinking establishments,arms or other heraldic devices or names form an important part of museum collections.

This talk examines them through evidence accumulated from excavations in London over the past 70 years.

 

Image (c) Nigel Jeffries / MOLA

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

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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 - La Glass Vallée - Stephen Pollock-Hill - Tuesday 23 March 2021 - 7 pm.

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

 

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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

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  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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GLASS SOCIETY - FREE ZOOM LECTURE - ''5000 Years of Glass'' - Andy McConnell - Thursday 17 December 2020 -7 pm

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    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

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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

 

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