In These Stones Exhibition

       IN THESE STONES
August 2nd – 28th August 2024   Mon–Saturday 10 – 4 pm

Three artists have combined to link with the Eisteddfod to be held at Pontypridd in August, showing work connected to ancient stone(s).


Deanne Mangold – Interpretation of the drawings into stained glass panels

  Rosie Scribblah – drawing of Welsh standing stones

Philip Chatfield – sculptor – exhibition pieces

August 17th Saturday Demonstration of stained glass/painting

August 24 – 25th Friday/Saturday Demonstration of stone carving

 Under cover, outside in St Elvan’s car park,   tbc

 August 30th Thurs   ‘Final Celebration’
Ticketed in aid of ‘Prostate Cancer’
The venue is St Elvan’s Church, Aberdare,

Rhonda Cynon Taff, CF44 7AB.  Tel: 01685 673126

The church is situated in the middle of the town with a car park next door. A large beautiful building with many stained glass windows and sculptures, now with it’s a new mezzanine floor, over a café and toilets.   Also services and activity groups  may be  organised in the exhibition space please ring to check before travelling.

Private View     August 1st   Thursday    7 pm

Glass Fair at Himley Hall, Sunday 29th September

Glass Fair Himley Hall – Premier Fairs UK

The second event of the year will be a dedicated Glass Fair held at Himley Hall, Himley, Dudley, West Midlands on Sunday 29th September.

Himley Hall is a commanding 18th Century building set amongst180 acers of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland. Once the family homes of the Earls of Dudley and host to Royalty and high society, today it is a glamorous setting for weddings and a variety of special events.

At the Glass Fair itself, there will be numerous rooms for pitches each with a 6′ x 3′ table. Electric connectivity will be supplied. There will be a presence on site to guide you through where to set up, explain the site layout etc for you if needed. There will also be other events happening throughout day of the fair along with a café serving drinks and food.

Male and female toilets are nearby without the need for stairs. There is ample parking.

The event will open at 9am for early bird entry with standard entry at 10am, the event will close at 4pm, cost of entry will be £10 between 9am and 10am and £5 from 10am onwards, any children under 16 free.

Visit the Himley Hall website here.

Craft AiR Programme at University for the Creative Arts

Each academic year the craft programme at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham host an Artist in Residence (AiR) initiative. We are currently offering (AiR) positions within Ceramics, Glass or Jewellery & Silversmithing for the 2024-25 academic year and invite interested individuals to apply. A total of six AiR positions are available, two in each material discipline.

The residency position offers the time, space and facilities for you to develop your making practice or realise a specific project. The successful applicant will be given access to our specialist ceramics, glass or jewellery workshops and facilities for the duration of the residency, for which there will be no charge. In exchange, the artists in residence will be expected to support curriculum delivery on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. This may include, but is not limited too; technical workshops, masterclasses, tutorials and professional skills. We would also expect you to contribute to the wider craft community at UCA, by engaging with students, sharing knowledge and skills, and supporting staff teams where necessary.

The position should be viewed as an opportunity for you to develop your own work and technical skills in a creative higher education environment, without the constraints of set course work or timetable. It also allows you to positively extend your CV. This opportunity is open to early and mid-career artists alike, and you would be expected to hold degree level qualifications or have relevant professional experience within either glass, ceramics or jewellery.

If you would like to be considered for a place as Artist in Residence, please visit our website and click on the apply now button. The application form requires detailed information including contact details, a written statement, images/videos of your work, and a CV. There is no application fee. We are committed to making our opportunities accessible and easy to apply to, offering support for those facing barriers. Please contact us if you require any assistance.

Deadline for applications: Friday 19th July 2024

Stained glass day course

A day long course in stained glass, suitable for the beginner or returner. Create your own design or use templates, select glass to construct your traditional leaded panel. The course includes learning to cut different types of glass to create a small panel around A4/3 size. Small classes so plenty of focus and support given. session runs from 10-4:30pm. Message me for more details and a booking form.

Call for help No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home is a collaborative installation by Broken Home Collective : Alison Lowry from

Northern Ireland, Olga Turetska from Ukraine,Linda Norris from Wales, Maria Scarognina and myself,

Silvia Levenson, from Italy.

The work investigates the home as a place of fear and will be displayed at the International Festival

of Glass in Stourbridge from August 23rd to September 28th 2024.

We are fundraising for £3500 to cover the costs of installing the work and to fund our travel and accommodation expenses.

Thank you for helping us in this project!!!!!!

Here there is the link for donating and knowing more about this campaign

https://gofund.me/7b4bafa7

The BA Graduate exhibition at the National Glass Centre,

The BA Graduate exhibition opened last night at the National Glass Centre, and looks amazing. It’s open until next Sunday 16th. Could you please publicize it to members, and remind people to come and enjoy all the NGC has to offer. BA (Hons) Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics – National Glass Centre (sunderlandculture.org.uk)

Bucks Art weeks is here again. June 8th to 23rd. (Closed Mondays). 

Bucks Art weeks is here again. June 8th to 23rd. (Closed Mondays). 

It is always a delight to greet people in my studio in Gawcott. Bucks, and show what I have been up to during the year.  My popular glass fusing workshop gives you the chance to make a tile of your own.  No need to book.

My son has moved to Suffolk. which is a beautiful county by the sea.  Here is a plate inspired by my stay in Southwold.  The sea, the sand, the shingle and the picturesque town went straight to my heart.

Another new thing for me, was taking a course in sand casting glass, with my friend and fellow Bucks  Craft Guild Member, Eva Wawrzyniak.  You fill a tray with  sand and shape a hollow to pour in molten glass.   You can add metal and chemicals to produce exciting effects.  The fire and smoke are thrilling and it is a great surprise to see the finished piece.   I have two of these creations on show.  I have more under the table as though they are created instantly, they take a lot of polishing to reveal their true beauty. I hope you will come to the studio to admire these new works.  Here is ‘City Lights’, lit from below.

Tlws Johnson  tlws.j@sky.com
Kiln Formed Glass Maker
The Old Stores Workshop
Main Street
Gawcott, MK18 4HZ

Contemporary Glass Society: “New Horizons.” Exhibition at the Stourbridge Glass Museum

 Contemporary Glass Society: “New Horizons.”

Exhibition at the Stourbridge Glass Museum –

13th July to 17th November 2024

Following on from CGS’s very successful and popular 25th Anniversary exhibition at the Stourbridge Glass Museum in 2022, we are delighted to be invited back and are returning to the Museum with our new exhibition “New Horizons”.

New Horizons” runs for four months from 13th July to 17th November, 2024 and coincides with the Stourbridge based International Festival of Glass and Glass Biennale which takes place during the summer. The Stourbridge Glass Museum is an ideal venue to host this display of exemplary contemporary glass from CGS members and, alongside this stunning display of work, CGS is running supporting events including artist talks and an opportunity to meet some of the makers.

Meet the Makers on Saturday 24th August from 11.00am – 12.30pm.

Penny Carter     Totem Poles

Stourbridge Glass Museum opened in 2022 in the centre of the Stourbridge Glass Quarter.  This world class venue houses over 500 items from the internationally renowned Stourbridge Glass Collection, celebrating the heritage of glassmaking in both the local area and internationally.  In addition, the Museum also highlights the best in contemporary glass design,

The “New Horizons” exhibition will showcase both traditional methods of glass making along with modern techniques, all producing contemporary work that challenges and explores the boundaries of glass. All the work on show will be either be made especially for the exhibition or is work which has been made since 2022 but has not been previously exhibited. Consequently, “New Horizons” provides a unique opportunity to experience work never before seen in public.

A diverse range of glass making processes from hot glass, casting, kiln formed, pâte de verre, lampworking, neon, and stained glass will be represented by the following artists:

Anthony Amoako-Attah, Emma Baker, Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg, Heike Brachlow, Sarah Brown, Karen Browning, Penny Carter, James Devereux, Catherine Dunstan, Fiaz Elson, Dominic Fondé, Richard Jackson, Verity Pulford, Susan Purser Hope, Laura Quinn, Tim Rawlinson, Opal Seabrook, Ruth Shelley, Angela Thwaites, and Brian Waugh.

  Tim Rawlinson        Trewyn Light

This cornucopia of glass work reflects the dynamism and sheer talent of contemporary glass in this country and demonstrates how glass makers continue to develop and challenge our understanding of glass as an artistic medium.

The Contemporary Glass Society “New Horizons” exhibition is an opportunity to view and experience the best of British contemporary glass artists and should not be missed!

We are grateful to the Golsoncott Foundation for a grant towards this exhibition.

“Thanks for the Memory” CGS Members Exhibition at the International Festival of Glass 23rd August – 28th September 2024

“Thanks for the Memory”

CGS Members Exhibition at the International Festival of Glass

23rd August – 28th September 2024


Sponsored by Mark Holford and Alan J Poole

Do you remember – Fans Wesselman

2024 sees the last International Festival of Glass to be held at the Ruskin Centre in Stourbridge.  The Contemporary Glass Society has been involved with the Festival since its inception. As our time at the Ruskin Centre comes to an end and we look forward to the next era of the Festival, to celebrate the amazing journey we have all had we have asked our members to share their own memories. 

Come to the Private View on Friday 23rd August 5.00 pm at the Ruskin Centre and bring your credit card to buy one of our amazing pieces.

Memories are magical moments that we treasure so join us in our last Postcard Show at the Ruskin Centre and visit a small treasure full of memories. 

Over 130 CGS members are to be part of this fantastic and fun fundraising show.  Our exhibition always gains a great deal of coverage with many pieces selling – collected by, the public, fellow makers and some of Britain’s leading contemporary glass collectors!

All work is for sale at affordable prices £50, £75 or £100.

In addition…..there will be Prizes for our wonderful makers:

The People’s Prize – £300. Sponsored by Mark Holford.
Best in Show – £300. Sponsored by Alan J Poole

2 x Runner’s Up – £100 each. Sponsored by Mark Holford.

Katharine Coleman – Biennale Memories

Louise Burns – A Wild Summer Garden

 

 

 

 

XV. Stanislav Libenský Award 2024

The CALL for 2024 is OPEN!!!!

Dear Stanislav Libenský Award lovers, the registration for XV. Stanislav Libenský Award 2024 is open now.

The exhibition will take place in the beautiful historical premises of Clam-Gallas Palace in Prague, under the auspices of the wife of the President of the Czech Republic, Mrs. Eva Pavlova.
Clam-Gallas Palace is waiting for your creative works.

Stanislav Libenský Award (established in 2009) is the world’s only international glass exhibition with a graduate’s call for entry.

Stanislav Libenský is considered the most outstanding Czech glasswork artist and professor. His works created in collaboration with Jaroslava Brychtová are presented in museums and galleries worldwide. Besides his career, he taught at the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague. He was a director and professor at the School of Applied Arts for Glassmaking in Železný Brod, where he lived and worked most of his life.

The competition serves as an international presentation of young glass artists. The competition aims to help the development of glass art in the young scene and compare different approaches and methods.
The initiator and main organizer – the Prague Gallery of Czech Glass – hopes that this competition, followed by an exhibition, will help young artists enter the business world and explore the potential of glass.

You can easily register in three steps here.

The deadline is September 15, 2024, but applying as soon as possible is recommended. Don’t wait for the last day 🙂

The Grand Opening and the exhibition will be held in a historical space at Clam-Gallace Palace, Prague, Czech Republic, on December 3, 2024, at 6 P.M.

Please, read the Terms and Conditions carefully.
Please share this message with potential participants around you. 
I wish you success, and thank you for your participation.

Marek Veselý
director of Prague Gallery, NGO
and founder of Stanislav Libenský Award

P.S. If you are not an artist, don’t worry. You can still visit the exhibition of world glass artists in Prague or become patron of Stanislav Libenský Award.

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