West Midlands

National Glass Fair

Major specialist fair with around 80 exhibitors selling fine quality antique and collectable glass including contemporary artists showing their own work.
Regular exhibitors include Vic Bamforth, Terri Colledge, Allister Malcolm, Helen Millard, Elliot Walker and Jonathan Harris among others.
Exhibition, refreshments, free parking.
Open from 10.30am until 4.00pm; admission £5 (acc. children free).
www.nationalglassfair.com

Collectomania: West Meets East

Broadfield House Glass Museum, Dudley

Our Collectomania exhibitions give visitors the chance to find out more about unusual collections and the interesting people who collect them. The latest Collectomania features Clive Manison, a glass enthusiast and historian who is particularly interested in how the Western world was influenced by Eastern cultures in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Tour of Glass Games ceremonial Baton

Tour of Glass Games ceremonial Baton

1 June to 30 September – see individual venue for details

Just as the relay of the Olympic torch will link the whole of the UK to the London Games, a stunning glass baton will link events for Glass Games 2012. As well as glass events all over the UK, seven major venues will host a stunning glass baton, created especially for the Games by artist Bruce Marks.

The World’s Longest Glass-making Demonstration

A world record endurance competition. Glass artists Allister Malcolm and Elliot Walker go head to head to compete for the world record. The stopwatch will officially start from the moment a gather of molten glass is taken from the furnace. A test of endurance including a demonstration of the skills of glass blowing. Part of the Interational Festival of Glass www.ifg.org.uk.
Opening times: Museums open at 10am -5pm, the studios will be open to the public 24hrs a day whilst the challenge takes place.
Any charges: Free

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