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We are absolutely delighted to launch this exhibition. It is one of a kind.

43 glass artists from the USA have been selected for this show. The aim being for them to not only share their work with us, but hopefully connect with our international audience and also demonstrate their level of skill to our members and collectors.

It is an open show, the artists selected can be CGS members or non-members. All juried selections have been made by the Contemporary Glass Society Board.

The CGS also encouraged a response from those artists who are attended the 2014 GAS Conference in the USA.

We think you will agree that the depth and quality of the work shown really makes this show unique and we are very happy to be hosting these artists.

American glass has maintained a strong and prolific platform within the context of contemporary glass, since the first prominent phase began there in 1962. The then-ceramics professor Harvey Littleton and chemist Dominick Labino thus started the beginnings of what was to become the contemporary glassblowing movement. The impetus for the movement consisted of their two workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art, during which they began experimenting with melting glass in a small furnace and creating blown glass art. Littleton and Labino were the first to make molten glass feasible for artists in private studios.

The growth of studio art glass led to the formation of glass schools and art studios located across the country. The largest concentrations of glass artists are located in Seattle, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. San Francisco, Los Angeles/Orange County and Corning, NY, also have sizable concentrations of artists working in glass.

Thank you to all those that entered work and took time to respond. We hope you enjoy the exhibition.

The show was launched on 21st June 2014,

This is the first show we have held that celebrates the technique of water jet cutting. Although water jet cutting has long been used for a variety of materials, over recent years water jet cutting has revolutionised the glass industry and is now being explored by artists as a way to interpret precise and intricate ideas within glass.

The CGS invited both non members and members from the UK and abroad, to apply for this show. The result is this dazzling array of finely-crafted work of 20 glass artists from around the globe.

Artists included orginate from Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, The USA, Norway, Spain and Wales.

Renowned Glass artist Vanessa Cutler also kindly assisted in the selection and curation of the work shown. Vanessa's work is concerned with pushing the parameters of water jet cutting technology and she is considered a specialist in her field.

We asked her to highlight her thoughts on the process of water jet cutting and it's current use within glass art:

"As someone who encountered the water jet process about 20yrs ago its application has developed now into something that glass artists can now really apply effectively and innovatively into their work.

The use of water jet cutting has now become established within the glass artists toolkit. As digital technology plays an increasing role in the development of ideas the use of such machinery is becoming easier to access, by knowing the types of files and not being shy in giving it a go artists are now displaying its aesthetical and mechanical application. Aesthetical in terms of following exactly as the artists intentions, the ability to draw and reproduce the forms required. Mechanical in terms of accuracy and repeatability.

As more artists have explored the process other have followed opening and enabling exploration and new areas of interpretation across all areas of glass. The process has fed into kiln-forming, hot glass application as well as the architectural, allowing size and scale to be exploited. Throughout he world the process is being used from the repetition of shapes for efficiency in cutting for architectural projects through the limited runs, production pieces to the one-off’s that demonstrate the artists ideas rather that the technical ability of just one process. This process is part of the tool kit and this exhibition of works just the process demonstrate how it is being applied and that it is available to anyone in all fields of glass. "

The show was launched in May 2014.

With all the recent storms and flooding we have experienced recently, we thought it would be appropriate to find a way to celebrate the unique drama of weather and the elements that we have witnessed this year!

So what better way than to hold an exhibition that is packed full of work influenced by the forces of nature: storms, rain, wind, clouds, the sun, or the elements- water, fire, earth and air.

'On Stormy Ground' explores the various ways in which weather and the seasons have inspired some of our glass artists. From storms on raging seas to coastlines worn by wind and rain, these artists have responded to weather and other natural forces, through a range of techniques and styles.

Some of the works in this exhibition use weather to directly translate a mood or state. Others impart more subtly the preoccupation of human sensibility to natural forces, while some mirror the spiritual significance that weather holds them.

33 members have been selected for this spring exhibition and it certainly reveals the breadth and diversity of work here at the CGS!

Anyone interested in the changing effects of weather should find the diversity of works fascinating.

Thank you so much to all those submitted work and please do apply for our next show which will be advertised soon.

The show was launched on Mar 30th 2014.

"Taking Shape: moulds and forming"- Launched on 23rd January 2014

This latest exhibition explores glass artists whose work depends on forming methods- by exploring 3-dimensional form.

Some artists use moulds in their work as part of their process, or that have developed a way to shape and form glass in a particular way using moulding or tooling. The pieces in this glass exhibition will reflect the intentions that truly explore shape and form through the carefully considered part played in the production of a mould to realise a piece.

Moulds can be made from a variety of materials, from wood, paper to stainless steel, pottery, clay, or plaster and silica. Even found objects can be used such as tree bark, pieces of ceramic etc.

One of the subtle and intruiging aspects of the use of moulds in glassmaking is that the artist will put almost as much, if not more, energy and pasison into crafting the shape through the mould. The starting point is the shape created or carved by them.

This is a juried show as with all CGS shows.

24 artists were selected from a number of entries. Thank you so much to all those that submitted work.

We are very pleased to launch our fourth and final Glass Skills Showcase of this year.

These works are transparent and rich pieces that carry the light and convey beauty through colour and luminescence. The works vary from sharp and graphic, to soft and dusky pieces rich in colour.

This unique online show features work by Flore Jamieson, Kate Henderson, Ginger Ferrell and Tom Pearman.

The Cutting Edge Showcase series gives an intense burst of art at the vanguard of contemporary glasswork. It’s part of the Glass Skills programme – a whole year of exhibitions that explore the part that glassmakers play in keeping ancient skills alive, and in adapting them to create innovative and original art for today. As well as major CGS-organised events, there are linked exhibitions with some of the most important organisations and galleries in the UK.

This show was launched on 8th December 2013

This aim of the exhibition is to highlight glass students who will graduate this year and inform the public, CGS members, and collectors, of the multifaceted approach that these students take to their personal expression in glass.

A big thank you to the 19 glass graduates who have shared their work with us. Drumming up the highest visitor numbers in its 28-year history, New Designers has certainly affirmed its position as the ambassador of graduate design exhibitions.

Every summer, New Designers helps thousands of graduates to launch their career at the spectacular Business Design Centre in London.

Details of the Award Winners and CGS Prize Winners can be viewed at: http://www.newdesigners.com/page.cfm/link=129

New Designers is an event held every June/July at the Business Design Centre in London, some 3,500 newly graduated designers come together representing the top 200 design courses from across the nation to meet industry employers, the media, trend predictors and a design hungry public, for more info www.newdesigners.com.

It is the ingenuity and diverse array of skills and specialisms on display that makes each edition of New Designers such an enjoyable and worthwhile event for all involved. Given the challenges faced by Britain’s students, it is hugely positive that events such as this reaffirm the large value of imaginative thinking and creative endeavour.

This online show was launched by the CGS on the 1st of November 2013.

This exhibition was held Jan 31st to May 12th 2013

We are showing an exhibition that launched Glass Skills 2013 earlier this year at Blackwell in Cumbria. The show revealed something of the hidden processes that underpin the glassmaker’s art. Drawings, models and photographic documentation of processes were presented alongside the work. The show was a collaboration between the Lakeland Arts Trust and the CGS.

Pieces were shown in Blackwell’s exhibition galleries, but also throughout the house itself, blending the craftsmanship of the past with the artistry of the present.

The 31 artists selected for the show were Margaret Alston, Linda Banks, Scott Benefield, Philippa Beveridge, Effie Burns, Keith Cummings, Michelle-Mary Dawson, Carrie Fertig, Heather Gillespie, Gillies Jones, Emilie Haman (France), Max Jacquard, Angela Jarman, June Kingsbury, Alison Lowry, James Maskrey, Caroline McGuigan, Rosa Nguyen, Rachel O’Dell, Lisa Pettibone, Georgia Redpath, Michael Ruh, Boris Shpeizman, Andrea Spencer, Nancy Sutcliffe, Ayako Tani, Angela Thwaites, Deborah Timperley, Rowan van der Holt, Andrea Walsh and Clare Wilson.

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House Bowness-on-Windermere Cumbria LA23 3JT

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The Contemporary Glass Society is delighted to launch the third Glass Skills Showcase exhibition, this time embued with the exquisite detailing and luxuriant layers of silver and gold leaf. Wrapped and embedded into the glass, these works glow with dazzling combinations of colour and precious overlays that dance and glitter in the light.

This unique online show features work by James Lethbridge, Nancy Sutcliffe, Wendy Newhofer and Kristin McFarlane

The Cutting Edge Showcase series gives an intense burst of art at the vanguard of contemporary glasswork. It’s part of the Glass Skills programme – a whole year of exhibitions that explore the part that glassmakers play in keeping ancient skills alive, and in adapting them to create innovative and original art for today. As well as major CGS-organised events, there are linked exhibitions with some of the most important organisations and galleries in the UK.

This show was launched on 15th August 2013

The CGS is delighted to present the exhibition 'Softly, softly-Part 2'. The exhibition presents a stunning display of work from 5 Artists: Jeffrey Sarmiento, Bruno Romanelli, Galia Amsel, April Surgent and Sylvie Vanderhoucke, all artists have been personally invited by Angela Jarman.

This is the first show we have held of this genre. The committee invited artist Angela Jarman to the curate 2 parts of this exhibition. The first part of the show has already been launched and was a selected show of CGS members work. This second part is a more personal reference to Angela.

These works display flawless techniques making exquisite use of colour and form and are a vibrant personal testimonial to each artist.

Thank you very much to the artists that were invited to take part in this show and thank you to Angela for all her time and work to help put these two exhibitions together.

This 'Softly, softly' exhibition has been held in 2 parts. This, 2nd part of the show was launched on 28th July 2013

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Angela is a British Kilnwork Artist and more about her work can be found at http://www.angelajarman.com

Angela Jarman Statement of Work

Childhood influences permeate Angela Jarman’s work; influences such as nature trails and television programmes, garden ponds and the mini-ecosystems illuminated by the microscope in biology class. Her interest in Freud’s “uncanny” is also very evident as she explores “…ideas relating to feelings invoked in the viewer”…to…”create pieces which have a sense of beauty, but which also have a quality about them which makes them slightly strange and disturbing, a lurking sense of unease, something uncomfortably sinister.”

Using the lost wax casting technique, Angela creates sculpture in mainly colourless glass, including black, which she views as the ultimate absence of colour. Having established her vocabulary of form, she now incorporates metal elements into her sculptures, which highlight their petrified organicness.

The CGS would like to thank Angela very much for all her time and help in curating this show for us.

The CGS invited artist Angela Jarman to curate this show, an exhibition of CGS Members that work using Kilnwork.

Angela is a British Kilnwork Artist and more about her work can be found at http://www.angelajarman.com

24 artists were selected from a variety of entries.

This exhibition will be held in 2 parts. The 2nd part of 'Softly, softly' will follow this one and be launched shortly. The 2 part will highlight artists with a personal relevance to Angela and should also be a very interesting show.

This first part of the Softly, Softly exhibition was launched on 30th June 2013

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Angela Jarman Statement of Work

Childhood influences permeate Angela Jarman’s work; influences such as nature trails and television programmes, garden ponds and the mini-ecosystems illuminated by the microscope in biology class. Her interest in Freud’s “uncanny” is also very evident as she explores “…ideas relating to feelings invoked in the viewer”…to…”create pieces which have a sense of beauty, but which also have a quality about them which makes them slightly strange and disturbing, a lurking sense of unease, something uncomfortably sinister.”

Using the lost wax casting technique, Angela creates sculpture in mainly colourless glass, including black, which she views as the ultimate absence of colour. Having established her vocabulary of form, she now incorporates metal elements into her sculptures, which highlight their petrified organicness.

The CGS would like to thank Angela very much for all her time and help in curating this show for us.

Fascinating plays of texture and colour link the outstanding glass artists in the latest pop-up exhibition curated by the Contemporary Glass Society.

The unique online show features work by Sabine Little, Jessica Irena Smith, Richard Morrell and George Jackson.

The Cutting Edge Showcase series gives an intense burst of art at the vanguard of contemporary glasswork. It’s part of the Glass Skills programme – a whole year of exhibitions that explore the part that glassmakers play in keeping ancient skills alive, and in adapting them to create innovative and original art for today. As well as major CGS-organised events, there are linked exhibitions with some of the most important organisations and galleries in the UK.

Launched on 14th May 2013

The theme for this show is Mark Making on Glass.

Glass artists make their Mark.

From finely etched lines to emotive gestural flourishes, when artists make their mark in glass, the results are beautiful, surprising and sometimes challenging.

This new Contemporary Glass Society exhibition explores the creativity, variety and dexterity of artists who make marks on and into glass, using techniques ranging from cutting and engraving to painting and staining.

Twenty-seven CGS members were chosen for the show, which is part of the CGS Glass Skills 2013 – a whole year of exhibitions, events and workshops that highlight the part glassmakers play in keeping ancient skills alive, and in adapting them to create innovative and original art for today.

Emma Garnham has also very kindly written an article to accompany the show, on her own use of mark-making and how she uses this skill in her work. The article can be seen at http://cgs.org.uk/information/107

The exhibition was launched on the 3rd April 2013

As with all online gallery exhibitions, this was a juried show, selected by the CGS Committee.

Welcome to our series of pop-up exhibitions of outstanding glass art.

As part of our Glass Skills year of celebration, we’ve launched a series of Cutting Edge Showcases – four online exhibitions that each present the work of four artists.

Dedicated to presenting the work of CGS members, the shows provide an intense burst of cutting edge art that will be permanently accessible in the CGS Online Gallery collections at www.cgs.org.uk. Exhibiting their work in the first Glass Skills showcase are Joseph Cavalieri, Jonathan Harris, Heike Brachlow and Simon Hopkinson.

Glass Skills encompasses a whole year of exhibitions that explore the part that glassmakers play in keeping ancient skills alive, and in adapting them to create innovative and original art for today. As well as major CGS-organised events, there are linked exhibitions with some of the most important organisations and galleries in the UK.

Highlights include the best in contemporary blown, hot-worked and sand-cast glass at Hot Glass: new work from the furnace, being held at Contemporary Applied Arts in London from April 19 to May 25. And, in October 201, the Glass Skills conference at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland will explore the fusion of art and technique.

Our first ever CGS fundraising raffle.

Don’t miss your chance to win fabulous prizes of unique works of art in glass by Colin Reid, Peter Layton, Gillies Jones and Amanda Simmons, and a signed, framed drawing by David Reekie.

Every ticket sold helps the Contemporary Glass Society towards the goal of raising £10,000 to create more opportunities for glassmakers – from exhibitions, conferences and events to magazines, newsletters and the website showcase.

Tickets cost £5 and will be drawn at the CGS conference in October 2013.

To purchase tickets please contact admin@cgs.org.uk

New show bowls us over with precious vessels

Iridescence, sweets, sunsets and koi carp – these are just some of the surprising inspirations behind 48 stunning glass vessels, now on show in a virtual exhibition.

The work in the Contemporary Glass Society’s Bowled Over online show is an exquisite example of how individual artists bring their unique creativity to a simple form – in this case, a series of bowls, platters and dishes. The 48 works, selected by the jury from a huge number of entries, also reflect the fascinating range of techniques used by today’s skilled glassmakers.

Many of the works are for sale and the artists can be contacted through the Contemporary Glass Society’s member directory at www.cgs.org.uk/members

The exhibition leads into the Contemporary Glass Society’s Glass Skills 2013 – a whole year of exhibitions to celebrate the glassmaker’s art.

This show was launched on December 4th 2012

Just as the relay of the Olympic torch linked the whole of the UK to the London Games this summer, Glass Games events were linked by another stunning cultural symbol; the Glass Games baton. Commissioned especially from artist Bruce Marks by the Contemporary Glass Society, this beautiful collectible item is now on view in The Gallery at London Glassblowing.

As the leaves fall and mornings become dark and crisp, even those of us who are not particularly into sport would have to admit that the Olympic and Paralympics over the summer make a warm and glowing memory. Why not secure yourself a memento of this wonderful summer, and a unique and dazzling work of art into the bargain? The Glass Games Baton is for sale - £980
The Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) plays a big role in keeping glassmaking alive, and this summer went all out to put glass on the map and help secure a stronger future. The Glass Games 2012 festival, supported by a National Lottery grant from Arts Council England, aimed to bring the artistry, innovation and sheer brilliance of glass to more people than ever before.
Photo: Ester Segarra

Online Gallery of Medallions

Abstract, sculptural, figurative, pictorial – each work of art in our stunning Medallions exhibition is utterly unique.

83 glass artists have created their own re-imagining of the Olympic medal for an exhibition that challenges the inventiveness and skill of artists working in this alchemical medium – among them, world-renowned glassmakers and exciting new talent ffrom as far as Singapore, Spain and Hong Kong, and from Cornwall to Aberdeen and Suffolk to Northern Ireland.

The Medallions exhibition runs from August 22 to September 15 at the Ruskin Glass Centre in Stourbridge. Visitors to the exhibition will also have the chance to buy the works – priced at either £50, £100 or £150 – and take away a stunning memento of the 2012 Games.

Awards:
Best Medallion in Show, sponsored by Mark Holford:

Major glass collector Mark Holford sponsored a £250 first prize and two runners-up awards of £150 each. The winner will also receive “The Winner’s Gold Medal” designed by Holford in collaboration with Jackson Fawkes.

Winner of 'Best Medallion': Rowan van der Holt
Winners of ‘Runners Up’ award: Vic Bamforth and Junko Eager
Highly Commended: Rachel Elliott, Katharine Coleman, Sandra Young and Joanne Mitchell

The People’s Medallion, sponsored by Alan J Poole of Dan Klein Associates

Alan J Poole – a major glass collector and important advocate for glass art - is offering £250 for the Medal most admired by visitors to the show. Voting will take place for the people’s Medallion during the show from 22 August – 15 September. The winner will be announced at the end of the show.

Winner Sandra Young

Monumental pieces shot through with light, witty installations, and forms – both ethereal and confrontational – that play with the protean qualities of glass….sculptures beautiful and challenging are the stuff of the Contemporary Glass Society’s first-ever online exhibition devoted to work from mainland Europe.

Guest curator Pilar Aldana-Mendez has selected a stunning range of glass sculptures, choosing work that reflects the possibilities of form, colour, light and space unique to glass.Born in Bogota, Colombia, Aldana-Mendez has lived and worked in Barcelona since 1985, when she started her sculpture studies and was later invited to develop glass projects at the Barcelona Glass Centre.

She creates site-specific and small format sculptures and installations, working with glass, stone and wood, as well as light and sound effects. She has placed more than 40 monumental sculptures in natural areas and outdoor museums in Europe, Africa and America. She also teaches specialised sculpture, speaks at conferences, writes articles for magazines and blogs, and has created videos on sculpture techniques. She organises events in Barcelona as part of the oh!BCN group, has been cultural manager for the Catalan Glass Art Association (ACAV) and is an active member of several international glass and sculpture associations. www.aldana-mendez.net

As Part of our Glass Games 2012 events diary, the CGS put together this exciting exhibition especially for the occasion. "Glass Games – a desire, a dream, a vision" brought the work of world-class glass sculptors to The Gallery in Redchurch Street, London hosted from June 13 to 23, 2012.

The following glass artists were selected to take part in this outstanding show of glass. Various works were displayed by each artist but this online exhibition shows a highlight from each artist that took part.

Glass Games 2012 is a summer of celebrations – an extravaganza of glass events that capture the Olympic spirit and bring the artistry, innovation and sheer brilliance of glass to more people than ever before.
Between June 1 and September 30, there’ll be more than 70 exhibitions, fairs, workshops and have-a-go sessions at venues throughout the UK.

Discover the sheer brilliance of glass this summer, with Glass Games 2012. Between June 1 and September 30, there’ll be more than 70 exhibitions, fairs, workshops and have-a-go sessions at venues throughout the UK.

As well as glass events for collectors, makers and anyone with an interest in this magical medium, seven major events will host a stunning glass Olympic baton, created especially for the Games by artist Bruce Marks.

There’ll also be two exciting exhibitions. Glass Games – a desire, a dream, a vision brings the work of world-class glass sculptors to The Gallery in Redchurch Street, London from June 13 to 23. And, from August 22 to September 15, the Ruskin Glass Centre in Stourbridge will be home to a dazzling display of glass medallions – each reflecting the artist’s unique interpretation of the Olympic medal.

Join us for Glass Games 2012 – and discover the magic of glass.

See our searchable events guide. Glass Games is part of London 2012’s Inspire Programme.