Information: About Contemporary Glass

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.

About Contemporary Glass

About Contemporary Glass

Art glass is a glass or an item from glass that has been worked into a form that is considered as such artistic as well as being functional. Various techniques can be employed to produce these objects and listed below are some of the methods of production and technique.

Blowing Glass Glassblowing is a glassforming technique that involves inflating molten glass into a bubble through the use of air and a pipe.

Hot Casting Glass Hot Glass casting is the process in which glass objects are cast, by pouring molten glass into a mould where it solidifies.

• Kiln Formed Glass Kiln casting is a general-purpose term that refers to the melting of glass in a mould inside a kiln at high temperatures.

• Fusing Glass Fused glass is glass that has been fired (heat-processed) in a kiln. Most contemporary fusing methods involve stacking, or layering thin sheets of glass.

Stained Glass The term stained glass can refer to coloured glass, often in sheet form, as a material or to works produced from it.

Architectural Glass Architectural glass is glass that is used as a building material or as a material in the building envelope.

Sandblasting/Engraving Glass Glass can be decorated by sandblasting or engraving the surface in order to remove a layer of glass to make a design stand out.

• Jewellery Glass that can include glass pendants, earrings, bracelets and other unique glass jewellery pieces.

CGS website instructions

Editing your profile

It is important as a member of CGS that your profile on our website is kept up to date, do log in using your membership number as your username and then your password, which can be reset if you have forgotten it. Please check that everything is correct, adding information where necessary.

Use the ‘Edit my profile’ link at the very top of the page and click through the tabs, saving any changes before you move onto the next tab, please write something about yourself, which will appear with your name in the Members Directory. The last tab is Permissions, you can say here which details you want shown or not shown on the website, we do recommend that you either have your email or website, so that people can contact you if they wish to do so.

All changes go live immediately so if you find you haven’t got it quite right, go back and make changes. Do make sure you tick the disciplin you work in and your technique and also the region where you are based.

You can up load up to 10 images and to ensure you are making best use of the site, it is very important that you have at least one image. The first image will randomly appear on the home page so it should be your best image and its size should be; 575 wide x 462 high pixels at 72dpi. All images should be around this size, but the website will resize them automatically as long as they are not too large files over 8mb.

You can upload your events, workshops, exhibitions etc on to the noticeboard section of the site, once you are logged in, using the link on the home page or at the top of all other pages to ‘ ‘Add your event/opportunity’, this is quite easy just follow instructions, keeping information short and to the point, make sure you tick which region you are in and any important dates. You can also upload an image with your text for added emphasis.

Uploading images for Online Gallery Exhibitions

If you are already a member:

  • Log in to your profile using your username and password and click on the 'Submit to exhibitions' link on the left hand side of the page.
  • Select the exhibition you wish to submit to, and also write the exhibition title in the ‘submitted to’ box.
  • Upload your image.
  • Make sure you fill in all fields below the image.
  • Remember to click save. 

You will receive an email confirming your submission. Due to the number of exhibition entries we receive, we then carry out a shortlisting process, and will confirm to you whether your work will be included in the exhibition as soon as possible. 

Advice on images

Please upload a large image. It will be resized to fit canvasses of various sizes for different contexts on the site. Where the aspect ratio of the image and the canvas differ, the image will be centred vertically or horizontally on the canvas.
Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: png, gif, jpg, jpeg. 
The website system doesn't support animated gifs.