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A showcase for the best of contemporary glass. Curated by invited guests from the glass community the gallery displays glass works under selected exhibition themes, giving a taste of a wide range of techniques and approaches to the medium.

If you are a member wishing to take part in a future exhibition, please see the instructions on the 'Future exhibitions and how to take part' page.

Current Exhibition

7 glass artists that explore Graal and Ariel Techniques.

In this exhibition we are inviting artists to share the old Swedish glassblowing techniques of ariel and graal.

Graal is a type of decorative glass developed by Orrefors of Sweden in 1916. The design is carved, engraved, or etched on a parison of colored glass, which is then reheated and cased in a thick layer of transparent glass of a different color, and inflated.

In the ariel technique, a colored layer of glass is encased by a clear layer. Onto this “blank” a design is applied by sandblasting. This is then encased in clear glass and it is heated again and blown into its final form and size. While encasing colored glass that was engraved, air bubbles trapped in the recesses of the design remain.

Both techniques are part of the Swedish art glass movement.

The show was launched on the 28th April 2018.

As with all the CGS gallery shows, this will be a juried exhibition.

Please check out our resources area for guidance on photography on our 'How To' section. http://www.cgs.org.uk/information/104