Fabulous Beasts - Nancy Sutcliffe        Image (c) The Glass Association

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 18 October 2017

National Glass Fair, Sunday 12th November 2017

National Motorcycle Museum B92 0EJ -- M42 Jct 6 ( A 45)


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


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. 

Glass Circle AGM 9 November 17

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT


The AGM will be followed by 'A show & tell session ' of glass brought in by members

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


Andy McConnell Charity Lecture

Rye Creative Theatre Centre Rye Sussex TN31 7LS

Andy McConnell - event in aid of ARRCC charity
Saturday, 23 September, 10am - 4pm
5000 Years of Glass in a Day

ARRCC are pleased to announce our patron Andy McConnell, glass specialist on BBC Tv’s Antiques Roadshow, is holding a special fundraising event at Rye Creative Centre Theatre. Join Andy in the Theatre at 9.30am for 10am   5,000 Years of Glass comprises three lectures plus an appraisal of attendee’s own glass, with breaks for refreshments. Employing his distinctively light, humorous and spontaneous approach, Andy guides participants though the three Ages of Glass. Guests are actively encouraged to bring their own pieces along for discussion. Guests will also be encouraged to handle examples from Andy's 30,000-piece collection, passed around at relevant points during the talks., Tickets £ 20 to include tea, coffee and a buffet lunch from: irnamortlock@arrcc.org

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


Christchurch Mansion Museum Glass Identification Meeting Followed by the Viewing of a Member's Glass Collection Saturday 16 September 2017

Christchurch Mansion Museum Ipswich IP4 2BE

A morning meeting at the museum where you are invited to help identify the glass in their collection followed by Lunch. 

The afternoon session is a visit to the Thorpeness home of a member who will show and tell us about his glass collection.


The White House Cone Museum of Glass

The new museum needs your help to make a contribution towards the expense of fitting out the interior.


    Please click here to make your pledge.

Glass Association Meeting 27 May 'A Trilogy of Talks on Functional, Decorative & Collectable Glass

Clare Community Centre, Clare, Suffolk CO 10 8PX

Talks on pressed glass by Philip Housden,   The History of The Ship's Decanter by Robin Butler and contemporary local glass maker Laura Hart.


Glass Circle Meeting 18 May New Research on Glass in Ireland c.1780 - c. 1830 Anna Moran.

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT


A lecture by Anna Moran ' Glasshouses, Glass Retailers and Glass consumers  c.1780 - 1830




Paperweight Collectors Circle Meeting 14 May

Hillscourt Hotel Rednal Birmin gham B45 8RS


' Mysteries of Milliefiori from 19th century East European Glassworks' - Marek Kordasiewicz.


Glass Association Meeting 22 April Collectors Day to View a Member's Collection



An opportunity to view a members extensive collection with lectures & a 'what is that glass ?' session.


Glass Circle Meeting 13 April :The Invention of Flint Glass & Other Patents - Mike Noble

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC1N 3AT


The question as to whether George Ravenscroft invented lead crystal glass has been the subject of much debate for some considerable time. This presentation puts forward the idea that flints and not lead was the principal ingredient contained in his patented recipe for making 'a Perticular sort of Christaline Glasse resembling Rock Christal 

Full details & Booking Form

Artworkers Guild Auction to raise funds for the building

Artworkers Guild 6 Queen Square London WC!N 3AT

The Glass Association & The Glass Circle & many other Arts organisations use the Artworkers Guild premises for their meetings in Central London. The Guild needs funds to improve the building & are holding an auction of items made by Guild Members . Several glass items are in the auction..

Auction Details

Small Fish Bowl  XI By Katharine Coleman

Image (c) Katharine Coleman

Venini Exhibition in Venice

Image ( c )  Le Stanzadel Vetro. Paulo Venini and his furnace- installation View- Ph. Enrico Fiorese

A member has told us about a major Venini Exhibition in Venice. It is quite possibly the most important exhibition on Venini since his death in 1959. 

The venue is in the centre of Venice. The exhibition which runs until the 8th January has been organised by the Fondacion Cini & is free.

There must be few better reasons to visit Venice this autumn.

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