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aa:
Congratulations to  Prof Magdalene Odundo Ceramicist on her OBE for services to Art and Henry Sandon on his MBE  for services to Broadcasting, the Ceramics ind, and to Charity. 

However, so far as I can see, there are no honours for glass this year in the Queen's birthday honours list.

I've always been fascinated at the way in which these baubles are dished out and how the pecking order is sorted out. I'm a great admirer of Magdelene Odundo and her superb work and I'm really pleased to see that her award is for services to art and not to clay!

In the microcosm that is the little world of ceramics and glass, it seems a slightly exaggerated differential that one should be OBE and the other MBE. It is probably based on a statistical model. I would have thought that with three fields of interest where he has excelled throughout such a distinguished career the Queen might at least have given Henry an OBE as well!!

Apologies if this is a bit subversive - I'll send you a postcard from the Tower.  :rn:

aa:
Actually, the ceramics world did rather well with these two. Nothing for silver/gold/sculpture/design (except fashion) and the nearest crafts got was Rural Crafts - Hedge Laying. Nothing for weaving, wood. Couple of OBE's to painters, though.

flying free:
I think we need to see glass in more product placement, it needs more PR and we need to see more large scale outdoor or public places type installations - it may then rise a little in people's consciousness in this country.  Perhaps we need a glass piece up for the Turner prize to get some widespread chatter going, or maybe the Tate Modern needs to have some fabulous glass section so that more people see glass as art and in action?

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Frank:
Those of us who put a huge effort into getting glass recognised have sort of gotten used it being ignored. Throughout the 2 years that Shiona and I spent on organising the 400th anniversary of glass we were able to stimulate not an iota of official interest with the single exception of the Edinburgh Convention burea who were extraordinarily helpful  :-\ But we did get some major exhibitions in most of the museums and ran the largest ever glass conference in the UK. We did make BBC news, quite an achievement for glass, and got good press in Scotland! And we, thanks to Seddon et al, changed Scottish history. We also enjoyed doing it. Still Terris did get an honour at some point!

KevinH:

--- Quote ---I would have thought that with three fields of interest where he has excelled throughout such a distinguished career the Queen might at least have given Henry an OBE as well!!
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The Queen does the giving but I bet she has little say in the choosing. Isn't that down to the politicians, strongly guided by whoever provides the best "incentive" in the "best way" for a particular award?

See you in the Tower, Adam, but I reckon I might be thrown in there first. >:D

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