Alan J Poole
Alan has been collecting and promoting Contemporary Glass for around twenty-seven years since he first became aware of ‘Contemporary Glass’ or ‘Studio Glass’ as it used to be called, through his late Partner Dan Klein. Since the late nineties, they were jointly know as ‘Dan Klein Associates’, where, not only did they collected contemporary glass by British and Irish Artists based both here and abroad, but also wrote books on the subject, “Glass: A Contemporary Art”, Collins - (1989) and “Artists In Glass: Late Twentieth Century Masters In Glass”, Mitchell Beazley - (2001). Articles were written for numerous magazines and society’s newsletters, opened exhibitions and occasionally held glass auctions such as at Bonhams, London in 2009.
They have staged numerous exhibitions both at home and internationally, the most notable being the first two big glass biennials in Venice, ‘Venezia Aperto Vetro’, 1996 and ’98 and ‘21st. Century British Glass’, at Daniel Katz Ltd., Old Bond Street, London where some fifty-six Glass Artists had the rare opportunity of exhibiting in the heart of ‘Galleryland’ in London’s Mayfair (2005).
Until more recently, Alan was for many years a Director of North Lands Creative Glass, a summer school established in 1996 at Lybster, north-east Scotland which provides master classes, an annual weekend conference and residencies for Artists at varying stages in their careers. Lastly, but by no means least, as many of you will be aware, Alan produces a monthly contemporary glass newsletter which is emailed out on or near the 1st of every month to anyone with an interested in British and Irish glass.
He has been on many judging panels, to select work for both, exhibitions, fairs and magazine competitions and prizes. Also, for several years he advised the Contemporary Glass Society on Glass Artists, their work and where they are at any given time, prior to joining the Committee as a Trustee, further to C.G.S. being granted charitable status.