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Title: Midsummer Glass?
Post by: lyndhurst44 on February 10, 2006, 07:14:25 PM
I recently listed an item on Ebay and have received an Ebay generated Email from a helpful member who has suggested my vase was made by Midsummer Glass of Cambridge. I have checked the name through an Internet search engine but can find only very limited information.
Can any of you very knowledgeable folk come up with some concrete info on this company please  :?: :?
Cheers,
Bryn (not Brian)
Title: Midsummer Glass?
Post by: bubbles on February 11, 2006, 06:00:44 PM
Did a quick search for you, but as you say came up with very limited info.  Take a look at the following article.

http://www.cambridgeglassfair.com/exhibitors/interviewarchive/int-ron-wheeler.htm

As agents for Midsummer glass they might be able to help.  Their website is:

www.artiusglass.co.uk
Title: Midsummer Glass?
Post by: lyndhurst44 on February 11, 2006, 06:32:45 PM
Hi Pat,
Thanks, that was the only info I could find, which is quite odd really given their appearance at the Cambridge fair, an event of some note in the Glass collecting field. :?
I shall give Artius a try.
Cheers,
Bryn (not Brian)
Title: Midsummer Glass?
Post by: aa on February 12, 2006, 01:41:53 PM
Dillon Clarke ran a number of studios after leaving the Glasshouse, as well as teaching in a number of polytechnics and universities. The first was Cambridge Glassmakers. Christopher Irons was invloved with this short-lived venture which was replaced by Midsummer Glassmakers, a successful production studio which produced a popular irridescent range of vases, fruit etc as well as wine-glasses. Some time after Anthony Wassall left to start Hothouse,  Dillon Clarke moved to Sunderland and set up Phoenix Glass. Subsequently Roger Tye who had moved from Cowdy Glass to Phoenix took over the studio.

All of this is from memory so if I have any of the details out of synch, please excuse me.

Why not post a picture of the piece...as we used to sell Midsummer in the 80's, I might be able to recall it.
Title: Midsummer Glass?
Post by: lyndhurst44 on February 12, 2006, 05:17:54 PM
Hi aa,
What happened there, I posted the picture but it seems to have disappeareared into hyperspace. Lets try again. :?
http://i1.tinypic.com/nnmqlz.jpg
Lets hope it arrives on earth this time.
Bryn (not Brian.)

Moderator: Large picture converted to link which is now dead
Title: Midsummer Glass?
Post by: Lustrousstone on July 20, 2006, 06:47:45 AM
Bump Is this by Dillon Clarke? Ron Wheeler (Artius) has suggested my blue one is.
Title: Re: Midsummer Glass?
Post by: Anne on March 27, 2011, 04:51:35 PM
See pics of a super Midsummer Glass vase here: http://www.glassmessages.com/index.php/topic,39542.0.html
Title: Re: Midsummer Glass?
Post by: Pat B on March 19, 2012, 07:32:18 PM
We have several pieces of Midsummer Glassmakers glass, bought directly from the workshop in the 1980s.  3 are vases in the blue iridescent finish, and one is a "one-off" made by Malcolm Sutcliffe, numbered 1286, in a dark purple clear glass with a lustre finish. The last item I bought at the closing down sale before the site at the edge of Midsummer Common in Cambridge was redeveloped for housing.  We had often watched from the the viewing platform as the glassmakers worked.  I believe Malcolm Sutcliffe is still working and has a website.

Pat B
Title: Re: Midsummer Glass?
Post by: flying free on March 19, 2012, 07:40:46 PM
Hi and welcome to the board  :)
it would be lovely to see your pieces if you could upload photos.
m