“GLORIOUS GLASS” EXHIBITION, ST HELENS

From 21st September to 8th November, 2019

“GLORIOUS GLASS” EXHIBITION, ST HELENS
20 Years of the Contemporary Glass Society
at
The World of Glass,
Chalon Way East, Saint Helens WA10 1BX

Sponsored by Pearsons Glass

From 21st September to 8th November, 2019

Meet the Artists - Saturday, 21st September, 2019 from 1.00 – 3.00pm

In 2017, the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) celebrated 20 years since its foundation as the principle supporter and promoter of artists and collectors of contemporary glass in the UK. It now has almost 1,000 members both nationally and internationally. To continue the celebration of this landmark anniversary and to raise awareness of the glory of contemporary glass, a series of linked exhibitions are being held around Great Britain over the next three years.

CGS has chosen The World of Glass in St Helens as the venue where we will be displaying glass art work from artists based in the North East, North West and Yorkshire. The exhibition is open to all members at any stage of their career and is unselected with all work for sale.

The aim of the “Glorious Glass” exhibition is to demonstrate how utterly glorious and amazing contemporary glass is so that everyone can appreciate and enjoy its magical colours, textures, use of light and variety of techniques and also discover their own local glass artists. The work displayed will feature as wide a range of techniques as possible. Each artist will explain why glass is glorious to them and why they have chosen the pieces on display to express that passion for their chosen material.

Exhibiting artists;
Lyndsay Atkinson, Mandy Atkinson, Carolyn Basing,Sally Beeston, Caroline Channing, Nick Claiden, Stevie Davies, Cheryl Gould, Shannen Halliwell, Crispian Heath, Naomi Jacques, Jeoung Hee Kim, So Gon Kim, Jan Langdale, Tony McCabe, Emma Mackintosh, Grant parker, Lauren Pucket, Verity Pulford, Penny Riley- Smith, Diane Rowlinson, Julia Rushworth, Annette Sharkey, Grace Sharp, Helen Smith, Nicola Steel, Bill Swann, Helen Tiffany, Gemma Truman, Laura Turner, Phil Vickery, Sarah Wade, Louise Watson, Kathryn Webley, Frans Wesselman, Sue Woolhouse and Heulwen Wright.

“GLORIOUS GLASS” FORUM DAY
Saturday, 19th October, 2019: 10.30am to 4.45pm
at the World of Glass, Chalon Way East, St Helens, Merseyside WA10 1BX
OPEN TO ALL - GLASS ARTISTS, ENTHUSIASTS OR THOSE SIMPLY CURIOUS!
Celebrating 20 Years of CGS, this is a chance to hear from 4 glass artists using a range of different
glass techniques. They will talk about their work and what inspires them about Glorious Glass!
Cost: £26 (lunch not included) - Booking essential - by 28th September at latest
To book - https://www.cgs.org.uk/news/glorious-glass-forum-sthelens

SPEAKERS
Ruth Shelley: Go With the Flow
Ruth is an award-winning Glass Artist who comes from a
background of Textiles, although she has been working with
glass for over twenty years. Her main interest is colour and
how it is affected by shape, form and pattern. She is especially
interested in the control of flow of glass when heated.

Frans Wesselman: Small Adventures in Glass
After training as an art teacher in the Netherlands Hans moved to Ireland, then
England. In 1983 he was elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.
Initially he made etchings and used water colours, then oils and more recently
have also made wood cuts. Around the millennium he developed an interest in
stained glass, which is now an important element of his work. Having worked
as a painter and printmaker and now adding stained glass to his repertoire,
Frans gives a short overview of what he has been up to!

Emma Mackintosh: Engaging the senses
Description: Texture, colour and character for functional glass.
Inspired by Lake District landscapes, Emma’s work is a blend of
scientific and artistic flameworked glass techniques. Much of what she
makes is glassware. For Emma, a handmade glass has a character
that is not dull or uniform. It has soul, and that soul gives meaning and
pleasure to the drink.

Bill Swann: The Colour of India – Thoughts on a Journey.
Following a career in management ceramics, Bill returned to university
to study glass culminating in a MA in Glass in Wolverhampton in 2012.
His work is made from mouth blown crystal glass collaged and kiln
worked over many firings with fusing, slumping and sandblasting.
During 2012 to 2014 an exhibition of his work relating to travels and
teaching in India toured throughout Wales. His talk is about creating
an exhibition of glasswork from experiences whilst travelling and
teaching in India.

PROGRAMME:
10.30 to Registration and exhibition viewing
11.00am & coffee
11.10am Welcome
11.15am Ruth Shelley
12.00am Coffee break
12.25pm Frans Wesselman
1.10 pm Lunch break & exhibition viewing.
(Lunch not included - cafe on site.)
2.10pm Emma Mackintosh
3.10 pm Bill Swann
3.55pm Tea and set up for question time
4.15pm Question time with speakers
4.45 pm Close

GLASS MAKERS FAIR
Saturday, 2nd November, 2019: 10.30am to 3.00pm.
Come along and see a range of wonderful glass work made by CGS member glass artists. This is your opportunity to see and buy unique pieces of glass artwork and to talk to the artist about how they were made