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Studio Glass Movement 50th birthday party, 1980-1989

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In order to try to keep a good chronicle of images from the Studio Glass Movement, some folk have suggested (and I agree) we should divide the thread into decades.
This thread is for pieces from 1980 to 1990.
To kick off, one of my very favourite pieces of my whole collection, from Jim Megura, a good friend of oldglassman's, now in the same business as Peter - antique drinking glasses and a prestigeous author on the subject. Not making glass any more, a great loss to all of us.... but I and others,  have told him to start again!  ;)

And an unusual perfume bottle from Iestyn Davies, dated '88. I don't know where this was made, it involves two different shades of gold foil at different depths within the glass. It does not look as if it had anything to do with his time at Strathearn and as far as I know, different shades of gold foil were not used at IoWSG.

flying free:
I'm going to copy some information out of a book I have
'Contemporary British Glass' Published in January 1993 to accompany the exhibition 'The Glass Show', a Crafts Council Touring Exhibition.
( Mods please delete if I should not be copying this)

Firstly two comments found in the chapter " ' British Glass A Short History', Dan Klein, Vice President, Christie's, Geneva, European Director in charge of 20th Century Decorative Art "

"Whilst at the end of the 1970's there was considerable blowing skill in Britain, glass casting was in its early days.  Undoubtedly Keith Cummings has been the chief inspiration to the next generation of students after him, and his pupils include Colin Reid, Tessa Clegg, and Keith Brocklehurst."
page 15


"If the first wave of British glass artists concentrated on blowing, the next development was a long period of technical discovery (concerned as much with developing the machinery itself as with perfecting skills in using it).  This began at the end of the 1970s and spanned the 1980s, with the inherent risk of the technique itself becoming the art form."
page 15

the following chronology taken from pages 9 and 10

1980 -  Keith Cummings publishes 'Techniques of Glass Forming'

1981 - Corning Glass Museum's 'New Glass' exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

1982 - Glass Symposium, NOvy Bor, Czechoslovakia
        - Sunderland Polytechnic glass course established
        - Coleridge of Highgate 'Class of '82' exhibition, 23Sep-9Oct, first of a series of yearly exhibitions at Coleridge of Highgate

1983 -'Directions  - Touring exhibition of B.A.G. (this is British Artists in Glass) shown initially at Commonwealth       Institute,London

        - Coleridges opens at Piccadilly Arcade, in London's West End

1984 - Ulster Museum begins collection of contemporary glass
        - B.A.G exhibition at Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead,Tyne and Wear, and later in Boston Massachussettes, USA
        - Rachel Woodman set up studio with Neil Wilkin in Bath

1985 - Architectural Glass conference, Novy Bor, Czechoslovakia
        - 2nd Coburg Glass Prize for Modern Studio Glass in Europe, where Diana Hobson wins a major prize.
        - Glassworks (London) Ltd, established in Finsbury Park, London by Catherine Hough, Simon Moore and Steven Newell
        - Studio Glass exhibition at British Crafts Centre (now Contemporary Applied Arts), Covent Garden, London 12July-10August.  Also in 1987, 1989, 1991

1986 - 'Glass in the Environment' sponsored by the Crafts Council and Royal Institute of British Architects, aided by Pilkington Glass Ltd
        -  B.A.G. exhibition at Liberty's Department store, London

1987  - B.A.G. exhibition at Harvey Nichols department store, Knightsbridge, London 13 Sep-18Oct

1988  - 'Interglass Symposium', Novy Bor, Czechoslovakia

1989 -  Wilson and Gough opens Draycott Avenue, Chelsea, London
        -  Design Museum opens at Butler's Wharf, London
        -  Coleridge closes

I've got a few photographs of the Ulster Museum of Belfast contemporary collection....
here are some from the '80s.

flying free:
These are early pieces blown by Neil Wilkin.  In 1984 (or 1985 the dates conflict in my book) Neil Wilkin set up a studio with Rachel Woodman

The white bowl is part of a set I own and they are unmarked but from the '80s I believe and confirmed Wilkin pieces.
The bowl with the green rim trail or lipwrap is marked W&W Bath 1985 and I believe that is a Neil Wilkin and Rachel Woodman piece
The blue trailed vase is another early piece blown in 1986 and marked Neil Wilkin Bath Festival 1986

flying free:
Norman Stuart-Clarke egg exhibited at Coleridge Piccadilly - made when Norman was at the London Glassblowing Workshop and signed Norman Stuart Clark LGW 83


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