Visit Nazeing Glass Works for hot glass study days in May
Two Hot Glass study days are taking place on 25 and 26 May 2022 at Nazeing Glass Works in Hertfordshire, UK, as part of the UN-designated International Year of Glass.
During each study day, participants will be able to witness most of the processes fundamental to forming fine glass, including blowing, pressing, casting and hand-made paperweight making.
They will also visit the on-site museum at Nazeing Glass Works, which is dedicated to 20th century British glass and holds 1,800 examples of mostly post-war glass. Stourbridge’s ‘Big Four’, Webb, Webb Corbett, Royal Brierley and Stuart, are all represented, as are the Northeastern pressed makers, like Sowerby and Davidson.
However, most emphasis is placed on the output of Whitefriars, Dartington, Kings Lynn/Wedgwood and, of course, Nazeing itself, which produced several ranges for Dartington and Wedgwood, amongst others, during the 1970s and 1980s.
In addition, there will be two talks, one by author, journalist and ‘Antiques Roadshow’ TV show glass expert, Andy McConnell, and one by Stephen Pollock-Hill, managing director of Nazeing Glass Works.
Visitors will be able to see glass created by the skilled team from Nazeing Glass Works, as well as Irish Master Glassmaker Killian Schurmann, from Dublin, who will be demonstrating some of his new designs.
Nazeing Glass Works traces its lineage back to 17th-century London and is still family-owned. It moved to its current site in 1928 and is now Britain’s second-largest fine glassworks, after Dartington.
Nazeing still makes a wide variety of glassware, ranging from architectural and marine lighting, railway and airport runway lenses, laboratory glass, plus ‘Bristol-blue’ decanters and goblets.
The Hot Glass days are scheduled for 25 and 26 May 2022, from 10am to 3.20pm. Refreshments and a buffet lunch are included in the price, which is £39.50 per person in a group booking, or £42.50 per individual booking.
Nazeing Glass Works Ltd is at Nazeing New Road, Broxbourne, Herts, EN10 6SU. Tel 01992 464485