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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.
British Glass represents the interests of the glass supply chain, from raw materials to the end-consumer, and is the industry focal point for communicating and consulting within the supply chain to government and the European Union. We are instrumental in promoting glass in all its forms and ensuring that both the industry and its products remain competitive, innovative and are not unnecessarily or disproportionately hindered by new regulation, standards or legislative changes.
British Glass has an established history and a worldwide reputation for excellence in glass.
The Society was founded in 1960 for the benefit of those engaged in Scientific Glassblowing and its associated professions and to uphold and further the status of Scientific Glassblowers.
Situated in the historic Stourbridge glass quarter, Broadfield House Glass Museum has established a reputation as one of the major glass museums in the world.
The Gallery holds a significant collection of glass much of which is on permanent display. With the exception of a few pieces of Roman and Egyptian glass, the earliest pieces in the collection are Venetian.
Cohesion is the network for glassmakers. Originating in the North of England it is sponsored by Sunderland City Council.
Collecting and admiring glass is a passion that can last a lifetime. Exploring one area of the craft only leads to another and yet another: from blown glass to cast to fused to slumped to worked. Which in turns leads to the dizzying array of options for decorating and colouring the medium: painted to engraved to polished to etched to sand-blasted. And then, once you have satisfied yourself that you have seen all of the colours, textures and shapes possibly on offer an artist will appear who does something new and wonderful that starts the process all over again. Glass is a medium that always grows with you no matter your age, budget or taste.
Owning a piece of glass is a pleasurable, and rewarding experience. You may have previously purchased an item from an artist, gallery or shop or have been unsuccessful in finding that right piece. If so, have you thought about commissioning a piece of work direct from an artist? Commissioning a glass artist or designer to produce a work of art can be highly enjoyable for both parties. You will find both the work and the experience both personal and unique, it will be specifically produced for you and your requirements. Each commission will vary according to the commissioner, artist, situation and circumstance but it will be something you will find rewarding.
It might be that youhave an idea for a piece for your home, a gift for someone, aseries of awards for a business or corporate venture or you are a collector of glass.
Below are some simple steps involved in commissioning a piece of glass:
- Put some thought into what first prompted the commission.
- Develop your brief and your idea.
- Do research into what you are looking for and potential artists that could help.
- Make contact with some artists.
- Discuss ideas and budgets with the artists.
- Make an agreement or contract.
- Other points to consider: Fee, Fabrication, Delivery, Installation, Timescale, Maintenance and Ownership.
- Reviewing progress- Your involvement through the process.
- Completion& Delivery
When discussing your idea with the artist, the artist should discuss what it is you are looking for, introduce their own past portfolio and then proceed in a way that suits the commission or project. This might include their own ideas or thoughts, a potential budget, something similar that they may have done before or drawing or sample of work. Remember that Communication is all important. It is important to keep in touch during the duration of the project. On your part, you need to be checking progress, answering questions and approving or correcting details. On their part, they should be updating you regularly on progress and letting you know if anything crops up that might delay the work being carried out.