I don't often post outside of the paperweight forum, but this time I have something to share.
I have seen the Portland vase replica blank!!!
As many of you know, there is an(other) attempt by Richard Golding and Terri Colledge to re-create the Portland vase. This is part of the celebration of 400 years of continuous glass-making in Stourbridge.
I went to the Ruskin glass centre to give Richard Lamming some paperweights for restoration today. Once I had finished with Richard, I toured the various shops/studios as I always do. When I got to Terri Colledge's studio, it was shut but the Portland vase blank was there in the window on Terri's worktop... I could not believe my eyes. And even with all the cameo work still to do/engrave, it is already impressive. This is going to be a fantastic piece. Also, Richard and Terri are working on two further pieces and one of these was there and more advanced... A beautiful piece already...
I am hooked, I may have to go back regularly just to see the progress...