Exhibitions | 03-03-2023

Carnival Glass Society 40th anniversary exhibition

The Carnival Glass Society will be holding an exhibition celebrating the beauty, creativity and ingenuity of this pressed iridised glass at Stourbridge Glass Museum in April 2023.

The exhibition celebrates 40 years of the Society and features an opening reception on 22 April from 6-9pm.

Visitors will be able to see around 300 items of iridescent, pressed glass, including rarities not often seen. The display starts with a look at the inspirations for carnival glass and the early years after its introduction in America in 1907. It continues with its spread across the world in the 1920s and 1930s, as glassmakers in Europe, Australia, India and South America started making pressed iridised glass with their own unique designs and styles.

The exhibition also shows later carnival glass made in the second part of the 20th century, when the interest of collectors spawned a revival, and beyond.

Underpinning the exhibition is a ‘Stourbridge Glass Success Story’, showing how pioneers from the area helped spark a craze for carnival glass, which spread the legacy of Stourbridge’s glass making creativity and expertise worldwide.

After a welcome drink and chance to browse the museum, the Carnival Glass Society team will present an overview of the glass and an insight into the exhibition, as well as taking visitors on a tour of the exhibits and describing some of the intriguing stories behind them.

To book tickets for the Opening Reception, click here.

The exhibition runs from 8 April to 5 November 2023.

Stourbridge Glass Museum is at Stuart Works, High Street, Stourbridge DY8 4FB. Website: https://www.stourbridgeglassmuseum.org.uk

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