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
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.
Sample pictures here:
Glass Themed Walk created by Graham Fisher MBE
New walks are being added all the time and we have recently completed a walk along the Town Arm of the
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