Ok a bit more info on the Steve Bradley Portland Vase version (and sorry for not reading more before posting previously), from CH 20th Century British Glass page 78 caption to plate 151(Steve Bradley's version of the Portland Vase)-
'.....Steve Bradley was inspired to attempt to make a version of the Roman cameo vase in the British Museum after seeing it as a subject of a Horizon television programme. In his version of the vase, he has accurately reproduced the amphora shape which the original is thought to have had before alteration'
Elsewhere in the book page 79 under the fabulous Guinevere Plate blown and carved by Steve Bradley in 1990 - it refers to the fact that he worked as the glass-blower technician at the Royal College of Art. His job was to blow blanks for the students and the above plate was actually blown for one of them but discarded quote 'in the departmental rubbish skip'. It's blown in several layers. He retrieved it and used it for The Guinevere Plate. So yes a 'cameo-glass student' at that time I guess, but not entirely a glass student if you see what I mean, clearly an amazing glass artist.
Ooooh I love that section in the book and would love to own a piece of cameo glass :mrgreen: