In a previous post I said that "the museum has just agreed to purchase an amazing collection from a prominent collector". Well I can now reveal that the museum has purchased the Mark Hill Collection of Mdina glass and Isle of Wight Studio Glass, one of the most important private collections of glass made by Michael Harris.
The collection distinguishes itself not for its size but for its quality. It contains some astonishing and unique pieces, many of which are illustrated in Mark's well known book on Michael Harris.
More here: http://isleofwightglassmuseum.wikidot.com/blog:13
Thank you for your best wishes Anne. Of course we will share pictures of the opening event. The press were at the museum today and will be present at the opening event too.
In other developments yesterday and today: Michael Rayner, founder of Alum Bay Glass, brought along a nice collection of over 20 pieces of his early work, nearly all of which have never been seen before. There are many great pieces included. Also, Ed Evans of Glory Art Glass contributed an interesting collection too. Pippa D'Arcy of Quay Crafts, perhaps less known since she came to glass making fairly recently, contributed three of her unique and very sculptural pieces.
If you can make it to the museum we would be pleased to see you.