History of CGS

A full history of the Contemporary Glass Society is downloadable here as a word document

History of the Contemporary Glass Society Recent History (35kb)


For more than 15 years, the Contemporary Glass Society has been a champion of glass artists, designers and makers. We’re not only a leading voice for all things glass-related ­– we also support artists and the industry through our growing list of projects and services.

In 2012, we launched the new CGS website with even more opportunities for members to promote their work and raise their profiles.

We also created and organised a major Olympic-inspired project with the help of Lottery funding – a spectacular nationwide programme of events, Glass Games 2012.

Our regular Glass Network magazine has grown in status and quality to become essential reading for anyone interested in glass.

Our membership and network of college representatives is growing too, as more people recognise the support and opportunities we can offer.

2012 was our first year of independence from Arts Council England. What started as a challenge for us, has now become a catalyst for great ideas, as we become more creative about how we fund ourselves

In 2013, we’ll be launching Glass Skills, a significant project to put contemporary glass on the map. Glass Skills will be a year-long celebration of the imagination and talent of today’s glass-makers and their role in keeping ancient skills alive.

We’re just in the process of bringing our downloadable CGS History up-to-date, so please bear with us. In the meantime, if you’d like more information, please contact admin@cgs.org.uk