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."
"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."
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