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  31 July 2020

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.


Glass Society - LOCK DOWN QUIZ

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



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


POSTPONED........GLASS SOCIETY Lecture' Disappearing Skills : Wheel Engraving on Glass ' 12 March 2020 Katharine Coleman.

The Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Sguare London WC1N 3AT





POSTPONED........GLASS SOCIETY Study day at The Norwich Castle Museum 20 April 2020

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.



CANCELLED ................National Glass Fair Sunday 10 May 2020

National Motorcycle Museum B92 0EJ




GLASS SOCIETY -Lecture 'In Search of British Seventeenth-Century Glass' by Colin Brain. Tuesday 10th December 2019.

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.


GLASS SOCIETY Lecture Tuesday 12 November 2019 Sally Scott F.G.E ' What goes into the making of large scale glass commissions ? '

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.



National Glass Fair Sunday 10 November 2019

The National Motorcycle Museum B92 0EJ

Glass Society visit to Heike Brachlow Studio

Parndon Mill Harlow CM20 2 HP


Image   Heike Bracklow Anima 2

Visit to Heike Brachlow's Studio Complex 

Tuesday 29th October, at 2 pm.

Parndon Mill in Essex provides workspace for artists, craftspeople, designers and architects who have the opportunity to share ideas and use their different skills to collaborate on creative work.

Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Heike Brachlow received her BA in glass 2004 from the University of Wolverhampton, her MA in 2006 and her PhD in 2012 from the Royal College of Art in London. She primarily works as a self-employed artist from her studio at Parndon Mill, and as an educator and lecturer, teaching at the Royal College of Art and institutions such as the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass and Pilchuck Glass School. Heike will speak to our group about her approach and technique of cast glass sculpture. Her assistant glass maker, Joshua Kerley, will then explain his approach to kiln formed glass.

As the gallery will be holding their annual glass exhibition throughout October (http://www.parndonmill.co.uk) we will be able to see the creativity of other artists.

Refreshments, unfortunately nothing is available on site but the Moorhen Pub and Grill ( Burntmill Ln, Harlow CM20 2QS) is close. Overnight visitors could be accommodated at the Marriott Hotel, Hanbury Manor which is 20 minutes away.The cost is £5 per member, £7.50 for non-members payable to Ian Gouldsbrough on the day. Ian is a member of the Glass Society and recently joined the committee.

Register your attendance with Ian on iangoulds@gmail.com

Any questions either Email Ian or contact him on 07884 003121     Parndon Mill is within walking distance of Old Harlow railway station

Image Heike Brachlow - Theme



Glass Society Study Day & AGM

Norwich Castle Museum


The Glass Society AGM and EVENT

Saturday 12th October 2019

at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

This year's AGM will be held in Norwich at the Castle Museum, an interesting and historic venue right in the centre of the city.

             Norwich has many attractions and you might wish to make a weekend of it. The Sainsbury Centre is well worth visiting.

Hotels and other accommodation may be found at www.booking.com.

        If you are staying over, we can arrange dinner for everyone on the Saturday Evening.   If you are  interested in joining us, please let us know on the booking form on the reverse or email Maurice Wimpory.**N.B. there is no charge if attending the AGM only.


10.00 - 10.30

Arrival, registration and refreshments

10.30 - 11.30


11.30 - 12.00

Coffee and comfort break

12.00 - 13.00

David Reekie, glass artist, followed by questions

13.00 - 14.00

Buffet Lunch

14.00 - 14.45

Dr. Francesca Vanke, senior curator, on the museum's glass collection

14.45 - 16.00

Tours of collection with Dr. Vanke, coffee etc



David Reekie is an eminent English glass sculptor who uses drawing and glass casting to express his unique vision of the human condition. His art can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, as well as in several other public collections in the United Kingdom.

Statement: 'My work is influenced by our reaction and adaptation to the society that surrounds us. We live in a world that grows more complex and difficult to comprehend. It has tensions and temptations that pull us in different directions. This creates characters and situations that provide a constant source of material from which I take my ideas.'


Ickworth Decorative Glass Fair Sunday 15 September

Ickworth House Horringer Bury St Edmunds IP29 5SA

Small but pefectly formed, Ickworth Decorative Glass Fair showcases some great collectable, contemporary and antique glass in the West Wing of this prestigious venue. This will be a wonderful day out for visitors in the beautiful surroundings of Ickworth house, park and gardens near Bury St Edmunds.

Brought to you by Specialist Glass Fairs Ltd. who also organise the Knebworth and National Glass Fairs, this event is must whether you are seeking to add to your collection or just love beautiful things.

Entry to the house, gardens and fair is free for National Trust members or admission is £9 to the gardens which gives free entry to the fair.

Do put the date in your diary!

The fair is open from 10.30am-5.00pm, refreshments are available and there is free parking.


07887 762872

Glass Society Lecture 27 June 2019

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT

Matters of Ambivalence : Aspects of glass in Ancient Rome and The Middle Ages - Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosig

The problem with glass seems obvious: On the one hand it is a shining, beautiful and precious material, and on the other hand it can break very easily. It is a material that triggers opposing feelings of admiration and fear. In presenting a small number of Roman and Medieval written sources, further aspects of the ambivalence of glass will be shown, which offer a richer image of the meaning of this material in the respective periods.

Dr Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk is Head of the Glasmuseum Hentrich, Düsseldorf Kunstpalast Museum; he was Curator of European glass at The Corning Museum of Glass from 2004–2008.


Antiques Roadshow Sunday 5 May 2019 - Hauptmann Glass



The Hauptmann Glass featured in Glass Matters 4 will be shown on The Antiques Roadshow broadcast on the 5th May and then for a month on the BBC i Player.

Glass Society Meeting 9 May 2019 - Glass hanging lamps and their use in Renaissance Italy -Elisa Paola Sani

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT




Elisa Paola Sani:

'Glass hanging lamps and their use in Renaissance Italy'


 Glass hanging lamps or cesendelli, the name found in Venetian documents for such lamps of glass or metal, are extremely rare survivals and less than a handful of examples are known.

 The author will investigate their function, stylistic development and uses by looking at contemporary paintings and surviving specimens in museums and private collections.

 Elisa Paula Sani is a Research Fellow at the Courtauld Gallery; she has previously worked at the V & A, Wallace Collection, and private galleries.

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The Glass Society Meeting 9th April 2019 ....... 'Bring and Tell'

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT


Glass Society

The Glass Association and The Glass Circle  Tuesday, 9th April, 2019

Bring and Tell

Members are invited to bring an item from their own collections for discussion, with a panel headed by Simon Cottle, in place of the advertised talk by the late John P Smith, former GC Chairman.


Chinese Glass of the Qing dynasty - Glass Circle Lecture - 14th March 2019

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT


Qing glassware is unique in that its production was managed by European missionaries under the direct patronage of the Chinese emperors. This fact is documented in both Chinese and European historic records. Even the location of the glass factory is known.

In the early 2000s the Palace Museum, Beijing, took stock of the glassware in their stores and published an illustrated catalogue. With that as a reference point Chinese glass in public and private collections worldwide can be compared and a better understanding of this branch of Chinese art has been achieved.

Ming Wilson has been Senior Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum until 2018. She is now Honorary Senior Research Fellow.

Vase, layer-cut glass, Qianlong reign period (1736-95)    V&A C.1525-1910

Meeting Place : The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N (Gradidge Room, first floor – please give notice if you need help with mobility)        Time:  The lecture will start promptly at 19.15.   Coffee and light refreshments are provided from 18.30.      The meeting will finish by 21.00       NB We need to know if you will attend the meeting for numbers restrictions, for catering or unforeseen changes.   Please inform Anne Lutyens-Stobbs, Meetings Organiser, 8 Millers Croft, Gt Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 8JL, tel. (01245) 604518 or email: annelh60@hotmail.com by Tuesday 12th March, confirming The talk you wish to attend;

The number of people coming at £10.00 (Members; Guests £15.00 each).  You may pay cash on the night, a cheque made payable to The Glass Circle, or directly into the Circle’s account in which case please inform in advance you are doing so.

Next Meetings: Tuesday 9th April  Thursday 9th May       Queen Square lies between Southampton Row and Gt. Ormond St. It can be reached by Underground using either Russell Sq. (Piccadilly) or Holborn (Piccadilly and Central). Buses 68, 91, 168 and 188 run along Southampton Row and 19, 38, 55 and 505 along Theobald's Rd. Access by car is one-way only: take the first turning to the left off Theobald's Rd (after the junction with Southampton Row) into Old Gloucester St which continues into Queen Sq. The Artworkers’ Guild is half way along on the left. The congestion charge finishes at 6 pm. Cars may readily be parked in Queen Square after 6:30 free of charge.

TALK - Evidence of Original Designs by Dr Christopher Dresser in the Pattern Books of Thomas Webb Stourbridge - by Clive Manison.

The Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT 22 November 18:30 Hours

Christopher Dresser (1834 –1904) was a designer and design theorist, now widely known as one of the first and most important, independent designers. 
He was a pivotal figure in the Aesthetic Movement and a major contributor to the allied Anglo-Japanese or Modern English style, both of which had long-lasting international influence.



Carnival Glass Society Weekend event


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