Branch - South West
South West Branch GGE News
We started the year by going beyond our reputation for good food at our meetings when a group of us got together at our favourite Somerset seaside spot to see in the New Year. Food and wine and occasional chat about glass until midnight and beyond! What could be better?
On Sunday 19 January 2014 the South West Branch held a workshop day at the village hall in West Buckland in Somerset. A pleasant morning was spent socialising and exchanging hints and tips to help solve problems in engraving. After lunch we were treated to a very interesting and informative talk by Dr. Francis Burroughes from Bristol Blue Glass. Dr. Burroughes brought with him many wonderful examples from his extensive collection of glass.
The Bedminster Bristol Blue Glass Museum holds over 500 items showing the development of glass from around 1500 BC until the present day and we were privileged to be allowed to handle many pieces from this collection. Holding in one’s hand examples of beautiful glass made by someone long ago in ancient Egypt, Roman Britain or medieval Venice is an amazing way of feeling a link to glass artists of the past. After we had all marvelled at the early pieces, we were then delighted to be shown glass which explained the development of Bristol Blue.
This was a most successful day and much enjoyed by the members and visitors who came to listen to the talk. We were saddened though to hear that our long time member Michael Hewling had died recently at the grand age of 91 and several of the Branch remembered him and his excellent glass engraving skills. Our thoughts and best wishes go to his family and those who knew him well.
Our next meeting in West Buckland will be on Sunday March 16. Our booked speaker is unable to do that date so instead we will be having a talk by me (Sue Burne). This is one which complements the hands-on session by Dr. Burroughes. My talk will be on the effect glass has had on civilisation and in which I hope to prove that glass is probably one of the most important substances known to man.
Contact: Sue Burne
Tel: 01278 722706