British Glass Biennale 2019


The closing ceremony of the British Glass Biennale took place on Saturday 28 September following a very successful run. Over 7000 visitors came to see the British Glass Biennale 2019 exhibition of contemporary glass over five weeks. Many of the exhibits were sold with British, European and American museums and galleries making the journey to Stourbridge, UK to see this extraordinary exhibition and to add to their collections.

Over the five weeks hundreds of people voted for their favourite pieces in the exhibition.

The People’s Prize sponsored by Warm Glass UK was awarded to Kate Pasvol for her beautiful kiln fused and formed piece, ‘Book of Welsh Walks – The Brecon Beacons’

Polish artist Marzena Ostromecka was the runaway winner in the Young Collectors Award with children voting for her fun interactive glass, light and sound piece ‘PLAY_ZONE’. One young voter from Cambridge won a specially commissioned ‘Pablo the Parrot’ made by glass artist Stewart Hearn to start their own glass collection. The Award and glass prize were sponsored by glass collector Mark Holford.

The Glass Society prize, voted for by Glass Society members, was awarded to Jon Lewis for his blown, carved and patinated vessels, ‘Apertura Aurora’. Runner Up Monette Larsen was influenced by coral structures for her lost wax cast ‘Dynamic Breath’.

These finalists complete the list of Prize Winners, following the original awards announced at the Private View of the Biennale on 22 August.
Winner: Glass Biennale Award: Jeff Zimmer, 'The Fragility of Memory and Material (Personal), 2018
Winner: Glass Sellers' Art & Craft Award: Ian Chadwick, 'Medicine for Garmonbozia (Glass Charger Index 1902)', 2019
Runner Up: Glass Sellers' Art & Craft Award: Bruno Romanelli, 'Misam', 2018
Winner: Glass Sellers' Art & Craft Student Award Student: Calum Dawes, 'Witness 1-7', 2018
Runner Up: Glass Sellers' Art & Craft Award Student: Emma Goring, 'Divisions and Growth', 2018
Winner: Glass Arts Society International Artist Award: Jonathan Michie, 'Ambition', 2018

Calls for the 2021 British Glass Biennale will be launched in Autumn 2020.
The 2021 International Festival of Glass will take place 27 – 30 August with an exploration of contemporary studio glass from Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan including international collaborations with UK artists.