Information: Organisations/Societies

We hope that you will find this section full of useful information, contacts and things that are going on, whether you are an artist, collector, gallery, magazine editor, a student or simply just love glass and are interested in learning more about what is available.

Glass Association

The Glass Association was founded in England in 1983 at the Stourbridge College of Art, and it is a registered charity (no. 326602). The association was established in order to promote the understanding and appreciation of glass and glass-making method: and to generally increase public interest in the whole subject of glass.

Guild of Glass Engravers (UK)

The primary aims of the Guild are to promote the highest standards of creative design and craftsmanship in glass engraving. The Guild acts as a forum for the teaching and discussion of engraving techniques and new developments from around the world as well as acting as a source of information to the public on all aspects of glass engraving and advises the growing number of individuals and institutions wishing to commission work.

History of Murano Glass by Marco Piazzalunga, Italian glass jewelry designer.
- Glass artists and bead makers
- Glass associations, museums, schools, magazines
- Jewelry factories, laboratories, suppliers

International Institute for Glass Research (UK)

The Institute for International Research in Glass (IIRG) was formed to promote and facilitate research in Glass at a national and international level. It will also foster a wider public awareness of the artistic dimensions of Studio Art Glass.

International Society of Glass Bead Makers

A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the art of making hand-crafted glass beads.

Just Glass


Just Glass was formed in 2003 and comprises a group of established and emerging glass artists. Members include internationally renowned as well as emerging artists and their work ranges from tiny, intricate pieces to imposing, large-scale works in glass, from domestic vessels to abstract sculpture. Just Glass is renowned for its biennial Seminars attracting international glass artists to speak on various aspects of British Studio Glass. The Society also holds regular exhibitions of members' work.

Paperweight Collectors Circle (UK)

The Circle was founded in Cambridge, UK in 1981 with a handful of like minded enthusiasts. Originally named "The Cambridge Paperweight Circle", a new name was agreed in 2003, to be fully effective from Jan 2004. The renaming reflected a continued growth to world-wide membership and a change in focus arising from the addition of Regional Meetings within the UK.

Scottish Glass Society

The Society, formed in 1979, was established to promote the development of the art and craftsmanship of glass making in its many variations in Scotland. Our aim is to advance the public appreciation of glass making as an art form.

Society of Glass Technology (UK)

The objects of the Society of Glass Technology are to encourage and advance the study of the history, art, science, design, manufacture, after treatment, distribution and end use of glass of any and every kind.