West Midlands

Great Expectations is a sculptural exhibition

An exhibition by three glass artists which looks at the leap of faith needed to be an artist and to create art itself opens at the Red House Glass Cone this month.

Great Expectations is a sculptural exhibition of work by three international artists. Charlotte Hughes-Martin from England, Sharon McJannet from the USA (originally from Scotland), and Michelle Lewin from Canada. All three met at the Ohio State University whilst getting their Masters in Fine Art (Glass).

3-hour Fusing Taster

You will learn the techniques required for a variety of visual effects and use them to produce samples, coasters or small panels.

Do you like bubbles, mesh, wire, foil? You can use different inclusions as well as frit, confetti and stringer to add colour and pattern to your work. In the studio we have a number of stencils to be used with glass powder to add pictorial elements to your glass work.

You may choose to make coasters, one larger or several smaller panels or jewellery in this introduction to warm glass.

£60 includes materials and refreshments.

One-day Fusing Workshop

If you love the look of glass panels in the galleries and wonder how they are made, come and find out.

You will learn the techniques required for a variety of visual effects and use them to produce samples before working on your panel.

Do you like bubbles, mesh, wire, foil? You can use different inclusions as well as frit, confetti and stringer to add colour and pattern to the panel which will be fused to your textural preference.

Pate De Verre

Pâte-de-verre
A one day event devoted to the definition and practice of the core process and its main variations
The event will be led by Dr Max Stewart, Professor Keith Cummings, and Master mould maker Mark Bath, and will cover the practical aspects of Pâte-de-verre as an historical and constantly developing contemporary method of kiln-forming glass .

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

Stourbridge Bead Fair

Glass artists selling their own lamp-worked beads, bead supplies and findings. Plus specially made ‘Games’ themed items; Olympic ring beads, miniature curling stone; marbles and much more.
Also Monday 27 August – Celebrate Glass – various glass disciplines being exhibited and sold by the makers.
Part of the International Festival of Glass www.ifg.org.uk
Opening times:10.00am - 16.30pm
Any charges:Free admission
Venue: The Bonded Warehouse, Canal Street, Stourbridge DY8 4LU
Tel: 01250 876110, 07710 876110

Family Fun Day at Broadfield House Glass Museum

A fun filled day for the family. Traditional entertainment like donkey rides, sand pit play area, crafts and glass marble related sporting events, exhibitors from a range of sport and recreation, and special hot glass blowing demonstrations in our hot glass studio. Children can compete in the Glass pentathlon and win a medal. Hope to see you here on the day!
Opening times: 10am-4pm
Any charges: Free. Although there may be charges for some activities.
Venue: Broadfield House Glass Museum, Compton Drive, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 9NS.
Tel: 01384 812745

International Glass Symposium - Architecture and the Artistry of Glass

Exploring the relationship between glass and architectural forms whether in terms of building materials or the artist wedded to architecture. The symposium brings together artists and designers with distinguished international profiles: John Lewis; Danny Lane; Brent Richards; Tomasz Urbanowicz and Keith Cummings. Part of the International Festival of Glass www.ifg.org.uk
Opening times: 10am – 5.00pm
Any charges: £130. Student £65
Venue: School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton, WV1 1DT

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