||Reflections - The Art of Alison Kinnaird
2013, Kinmor Music, Gorebridge, Scotland, ISBN 978-0-9540160, fully illustrated, pp.94, with complementary DVD of films and audio tracks of Alison’s harp music. Available from www.alisonkinnaird.co.uk £12.00 + P&P.
James Holloway of The Scottish National Portrait Gallery introduces this book saying, “Alison Kinnaird is one of the world’s leading glass engravers. She has developed the medium by perfecting old and pioneering new techniques…” The large new Patrons’ Window in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is her most impressive work to date.
This book records both Alison’s earlier and more recent work, beautifully photographed by Robin Morton, her husband. They are also accomplished musicians. Their DVD accompanies the book which so amply illustrates Alison’s significant contribution to modern glass engraving.
Click here for a further review of this book by Katharine Coleman MBE
National Glass Fair
Sunday 11th May
The National Motorcycle Museum,
Solihull, W Midlands
Open from 10.30am-4.00pm; adm. £5.
Leading specialist fairs with around 80 exhibitors selling fine quality antique and collectable glass including contemporary artists showing their own work.
Exhibitions, refreshments, free parking.
T: 07887 762872
The Place and The Work 2014 International Conference and Master Classes.
The Place and The Work Conference will be held on Saturday 6, Sunday 7 September 2014
Class sessions run 27 August – 4 September and 9 – 16 September 2014
Making art works in relation to place is the focus of the North Lands Creative Glass Conference and Master Classes 2014; acknowledging how artists and their work connect to their surroundings, landscape, architecture, history and social context. We see more interactive public art, more artists responding to and working with communities. Artists are making works that respond to weather, nature or urban environments, to political discourse and social situations. It seems that some artists and public demand less autonomous disconnected sculpture favouring instead a more connected vision. We ask questions about what it means to experience remoteness, how this and being in a place away from home affect an artist’s work. What influences the particularities of a landscape can have and what it means to collaborate with artists in close proximity, to work intensively with no distractions and to embrace or reject the surroundings. What can happen when we go beyond our familiar studio environment and step outside into a bigger picture? What does it mean to be a glass specialist in this place, at this time? More details for the Classes and Conference programme will be announced shortly
Handmade in Britain : Invitation to Exhibit at Handmade in Britain 14
I am sure that you are incredibly busy preparing for the festive season, but we would like to share an opportunity with you that they hope you will consider.
They have recently announced a new event to their annual programme:
Handmade in Britain 14: Spring Edition
9th - 11th May 2014
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London
||The Roger Pilkington Glass Collection at Broadfield House Glass Museum
A privately owned collection of glass, featuring pieces dating back to the 1600s, has gone on display at Broadfield House Glass Museum in the Stourbridge Glass Quarter.
The highlight of the collection is ‘The Peech Amen’ glass from 1750. Less than 40 Jacobite ‘Amen’ glasses are known to exist in the world and this is one of the few still in private hands. The ‘Amen’ glasses are so rare they have all been documented and given names - the Peech Amen glass is named after its former owner, Henry Peech. The bowl of the glass has been diamond point engraved with the Jacobite national anthem.
The exhibition runs until 10 August 2014.
Broadfield House Glass Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12noon to 4pm and admission is free.
The museum is located on Compton Drive, Kingswinford, West Midlands and is run by Dudley Council.
For more information call 01384 812745 or visit www.glassmuseum.org.uk
Sample pictures here:
Glass Themed Walk created by Graham Fisher MBE
The Royal Geographic Society are producing a series of geographically-themed walks around the UK. The walks are available in written or audio versions and are free, self-guided and hopefully fun. The series is called Discovering Britain; more details are available on their website http://www.discoveringbritain.org
New walks are being added all the time and we have recently completed a walk along the Town Arm of the Stourbridge Canal. This walk looks at how Stourbridge became world-famous for iron and glass making.
The walk was created by glass enthusiast and trustee of the British Glass Foundation, Graham Fisher MBE. The route visits current and former glass manufacturing sites including the Red House Glass Cone, New Dial and Ruskin Glass Centre. You can find it online at http://www.discoveringbritain.org/walks/region/west-midlands/stourbridge-canal.html