CGS at 25 Exhibition at National Glass Centre

It’s All in the Technique:  National Glass Centre/ Selected 

15th January – 13th March 2022
Deadline Monday 4th October 5pm 2021

In this show we are looking for work from artists that demonstrate the absolute best in the technique they are working in.  It will be a selected show.

Download application:CGS at NGC 2022- Its all in the Technique – application

Call to Artists CGS in partnership with Makers Guild Wales

Makers Guild Wales in partnership with the Contemporary Glass Society

CALL FOR ARTISTS

FLOW: Makers Guild Wales at Craft in the Bay, Cardiff

2nd April – 29th May 2022
Deadline Monday 10th November 2021
Download Application
CGS and Makers Guild Wales Cardiff FLOW application

2022 is a spectacular year for the Contemporary Glass Society.  From humble beginnings 25 years ago, it has grown over the years into a thriving and proactive society supporting a membership of over 1,000. 2022 is also the UN designated International Year of Glass, so this is our opportunity to promote to the world the glorious material that we all love.

CGS is delighted to be working in partnership with The Makers Guild Wales. The show is open to all CGS members, but we especially encourage our Welsh members to apply.

CGS members are invited to submit an application to exhibit glass that expresses individual interpretation of the word FLOW.

The FLOW of glass, of ideas, of creativity, of movement (e.g. physical in the making process, movement of material…) are just some thoughts to get you started.

FLOW – to move steadily and continuously in a current or stream.

FLOW state – being in the zone, a mental state in which a person performing an activity (such as making) is fully immersed, a feeling of hyper focus, intense, leading to a sense of ecstasy and clarity.

Glass artists are invited to submit images of up to three pieces of work within their application. There is no limit with scale but please bear in mind that artists will be responsible for covering the cost of delivery and return of work.

The gallery, Craft in the Bay, has vast windows, perfect for displaying glass to its best advantage. The gallery can accommodate wall pieces, plinth based, suspended and cabinet-based works.

Application

CGS and Makers Guild Wales Cardiff FLOW application

DEADLINE APPROACHING! CALL to all British & Irish 2020 & 2021 GLASS GRADUATES

DEADLINE APPROACHING! CALL to all British & Irish 2020 & 2021 GLASS GRADUATES

CGS Online exhibition
Graduates Work the Next Generation

From 11th October – 20th November 2021

Open for submissions from 10th September
Deadline Monday 4th October 5pm.

This exhibition aims to show the ingenuity and breadth of work from the next generation of makers.

Due to Covid 19 and the disruption of course work last year, all students graduating from a British & Irish accredited course in 2020 and 2021 will be eligible to enter this show.
CGS welcomes Graduates to send images for consideration. This will be a selected show, we cannot guarantee all work will be accepted but we will aim to include as many as possible.

Please send an image ( Max width 1000pixels ) correctly labelled
Last name First name, Title of work, photo credit – unnamed images will not be considered.

Download form  CGS Online exhibition Call to Graduates 2020 and 2021

 

CGS at 25 programme of exhibitions

CGS: LIVE EXHIBITIONS IN 2022

A momentous year 2022 ;  the year we open up fully after the pandemic, the United Nations ‘ International Year of Glass, a 100 years of Pyrex celebration at the National Glass Centre at Sunderland,  the International Festival of Glass at Stourbridge.  Most important of all – the Contemporary Glass Society’s celebration of 25 years of supporting and promoting studio glass makers!!!

To mark this, we are proposing a year- long series of events, often in collaboration with other national glass organisations and Colleges, to celebrate and promote the strength and glory of the glass community within the United Kingdom.  These will include online selling exhibitions, live selling exhibitions and a range of monthly themed online and live talks and events.

This is a list of the live exhibitions that will be taking place around the country.  By notifying you of what is coming up, we hope that it will enable you to decide which you would like to participate in and to plan accordingly.

List of locations and dates:  ALL EXHIBITIONS ARE SELLING SHOWS. Application forms will be available next to each show very soon.

 It’s all in the Technique:  National Glass Centre, Sunderland/ Selected

Exhibition dates:                    15th January – 13th March
Application launch:                2nd August 2021
Deadline for applications:       4th October, 2021
Notification of acceptance:    4th November, 2021

In this show we are looking for work from artists that demonstrate the absolute best in the technique they are working in.

Download application:
CGS at NGC 2022- Its all in the Technique – application FINAL 6-8-21

 

FLOW: Makers Guild Wales at Craft in the Bay, Cardiff  

Makers Guild Wales in partnership with the Contemporary Glass Society

Exhibition dates                               2nd April – 29th May
Application launch                              30th September 2021
Deadline for applications                    10th November, 2021
Notification of acceptance:                 1st December , 2021

Download Application CGS and Makers Guild Wales Cardiff FLOW application

CGS is delighted to be working in partnership with The Makers Guild Wales. The show is open to all CGS members, but we especially encourage our Welsh members to apply.

CGS members are invited to submit an application to exhibit glass that expresses individual interpretation of the word FLOW.

The FLOW of glass, of ideas, of creativity, of movement (e.g. physical in the making process, movement of material…) are just some thoughts to get you started.
FLOW – to move steadily and continuously in a current or stream.
FLOW state – being in the zone, a mental state in which a person performing an activity (such as making) is fully immersed, a feeling of hyper focus, intense, leading to a sense of ecstasy and clarity.
Glass artists are invited to submit images of up to three pieces of work within their application.

Download Application CGS and Makers Guild Wales Cardiff FLOW application

Glorious Glass: Craft Centre, Leeds/ Open
Exhibition dates:                    19th April – 23rd July
Application launch:                 22nd Nov, 2021
Deadline for applications:       28th February, 2022
Notification of acceptance:    21st March, 2022

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.

Joyful Reflections: New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham/ Selected
Exhibition dates:                    30th April – 11th June
Application launch:                 6th Sept., 2021
Deadline for applications:       10th January, 2022
Notification of acceptance:    1st February, 2022

All our lives have been turned upside down since March, 2020.  We have all experienced highs and lows, fear and boredom, illness and isolation.  Through it all, acting as a solace for many of us, has been the sanctuary of our work and the beauty of the material that we work with.  We invite you to step back from the sadness of the pandemic and to embrace the joy of life as we know it now.  We ask you to reflect upon the glorious and mysterious properties of glass – its transparency, its uniqueness, the variety of techniques it offers, its ability to reflect back at us – and to express joyful reflections on life and glass!

Earth/Sea/ Sky: London Glassblowing, London / Selected
Exhibition dates:                    25th June to 15th July, 2022.
Application launch:                 16th August, 2021
Deadline for applications:       25th February, 2022
Notification of acceptance:    21st March, 2022
Application    CGS at LGB Earth Sea Sky application

Glassblowing and we would like to express our gratitude to Ann and Peter Layton for their generosity in allowing us to use their venue for our show.  CGS is also honoured that eminent glass artist, Cathryn Shilling will be curating the show.

We challenge our members to create work that is a celebration of the natural world in which we live – EARTH/SEA /SKY.  This response can take the form of:

  • Combining different glass making techniques yourself to create a new piece of glass work.
  • Collaborating with another member who uses a different glass technique to create a joint piece of work.
  • Combining different materials or found objects yourself to create a new piece of glass work. (At least 50% must be glass.)
  • Collaborating with another artist from a different discipline to create a joint piece of work in different materials. (At least 50% must be glass.)

 

Holiday Heaven – a Postcard from the Commonwealth: International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge Open
Exhibition dates:                    26th August –23rd September
Application launch:                 28th February, 2022
Deadline for applications:       31st March, 2022
Notification of acceptance:    30th April, 2022
Cost of application:                 FREE

One of the impacts of the pandemic has been that many of us are still wary of venturing abroad so let your imagination take you around the world.  In this year of the Commonwealth Games, let’s celebrate the diversity and richness of the 54 countries that make up the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific. Take a magical mystery tour and send us a postcard from a richness of countries ranging from Australia to Zambia, from Bangladesh to Malta, from Brunei Darussalam to Vanuatu. Commonwealth countries are diverse – they are amongst the world’s biggest, smallest, richest and poorest countries.

Bedazzled – 25 Glass Makers Impress: Pyramid Gallery, York – Selected
Exhibition dates:                    10th September – 30th October
Application launch:                 10th January, 2022
Deadline for applications:       1st April, 2022
Notification of acceptance:    28th April, 2022

The meaning of Bedazzle is “to greatly impress (someone) with outstanding ability or striking appearance”.  What more could anyone ask for in a glass show to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Contemporary Glass Society? We invite you to provide us with glasswork that dazzles us with your technique and the quality of your work!  Show us why glass is such a precious material to work with.  Maybe even introduce an element of silver to add bedazzle us and to commemorate our 25 years.

Razzle Dazzle – FIVE X FIVE: Pyramid Gallery, York – Open
Exhibition dates:                    10th September – 30th October
Application launch:                 7th February, 2022
Deadline for applications:       9th May, 2022
Notification of acceptance:    30th May, 2022
Cost of application:                 FREE

After a couple of years with little live entertainment, let’s add a little razzle dazzle to ours lives and celebrate what we love to watch or take part in.  It could be a night at the opera, your favourite Bacall/ Bogart film, the end of pier show, partying in Ibiza, a family barbeque or simply watching a flock of soaring birds.  We want a bit of showiness, a flash of brilliance, a little decorative loveliness, even a little opulence to enhance our spirits and make us smile with joyfulness!  We invite you to make a little piece of eye catching beauty in glass – a colourful celebration of live entertainment to make our hearts beat faster.

CGS at 25: Vessel Gallery, London – Selected
Exhibition dates: September – October

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CALL TO ALL British & Irish 2020 and 2021 Glass GRADUATES

 

CALL TO ALL British & Irish 2020 and 2021 Glass GRADUATES

CGS Online exhibition
Graduates Work the Next Generation

From 11th October – 20th November 2021

Open for submissions from 10th September
Deadline Monday 4th October 5pm.

This exhibition aims to show the ingenuity and breadth of work from the next generation of makers.

Due to Covid 19 and the disruption of course work last year, all students graduating from a British & Irish accredited course in 2020 and 2021 will be eligible to enter this show.
CGS welcomes Graduates to send images for consideration. This will be a selected show, we cannot guarantee all work will be accepted but we will aim to include as many as possible.

Please send an image ( Max width 1000pixels ) correctly labelled
Last name First name, Title of work, photo credit – unnamed images will not be considered.

Plus completed form CGS Online exhibition Call to Graduates 2020 and 2021

Image Erica Poyser, Catharsis
Winner Glass Sellers, CGS Graduate Prize 2021/2022

CGS at 25 Exhibition at London Glass Blowing

Earth/Sea/ Sky: London Glassblowing, London / Selected

An exhibition of CGS members’ collaborative work Curated by Cathryn Shilling
Application
CGS at LGB Earth Sea Sky application

Exhibition dates:                    25th June to 15th July, 2022.
Application launch:                 16th August, 2021
Deadline for applications:       25th February, 2022
Notification of acceptance:    21st March, 2022

CGS is delighted to be exhibiting once again at London Glassblowing and we would like to express our gratitude to Ann and Peter Layton for their generosity in allowing us to use their venue for our show.  CGS is also honoured that eminent glass artist, Cathryn Shilling will be curating the show.

We challenge our members to create work that is a celebration of the natural world in which we live – EARTH/SEA /SKY.  This response can take the form of:

  • Combining different glass making techniques yourself to create a new piece of glass work.
  • Collaborating with another member who uses a different glass technique to create a joint piece of work.
  • Combining different materials or found objects yourself to create a new piece of glass work. (At least 50% must be glass.)
  • Collaborating with another artist from a different discipline to create a joint piece of work in different materials. (At least 50% must be glass.)

Download application:
CGS at LGB Earth Sea Sky application FINAL 5.8.2021

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The Glass Sellers & Contemporary Glass Society GLASS PRIZE and NEW GRADUATE REVIEW 2021.

The Glass Sellers & Contemporary Glass Society GLASS PRIZE and NEW GRADUATE REVIEW 2021.

The Contemporary Glass Society is delighted to announce both the winners of the Glass Sellers/ CGS 2021 Glass Prize and the graduates to be included in the New Graduate Review, 2021.

1st Prize – Erica Poyser, De Montfort University. Leicester -BA

2nd Prize – Dr Helen Slater Stokes, Royal College of Art, London- PhD

Runner Up – Sacha Delabre. University of Sunderland -BA

Runner Up – Stephanie Harper, University For The Creative Arts, Farnham – MA

Highly Commended – Wai Yan Choi. Royal College of Art, London -MA

Highly Commended – Belinda King. De Montfort University. Leicester -BA

Highly Commended – Pratibha Mistry, University For The Creative Arts, Farnham – MA

Highly Commended – Rosie Perrett, De Montfort University. Leicester -BA

Highly Commended – Moon Ju Suh. Edinburgh College of Art -MFA

Commended – Kate Courtney- Taylor, University For The Creative Arts, Farnham – BA

Commended – Catherine Dunstan, University For The Creative Arts, Farnham – MA
Commended – Shona Escombe,
City of Glasgow College – HNC

Commended – Steven Graham, University of Stirling – BA

Commended – Ossin Hanrahan, Crawford College of Art and Design, Ireland – BA

Commended – Chengyu Li, Royal College of Art, London -MA

Commended – Ethel Moir, Crawford College of Art and Design, Ireland – BA.

Commended – Tamar ‘ Nikki’ Palmer, University of Wolverhampton -BA

Commended – Áine Ryan, Crawford College of Art and Design, Ireland – BA.

Commended – Bethany Walker, Royal College of Art, London -MA

Commended – Samantha Wuidart, De Montfort University. Leicester -BA

Because of the pandemic, CGS was unable to hold a Prize last year or produce the New Graduate Review, so we are delighted this year to include both 2020 and 2021 graduates.

It has been an unimaginably difficult time for students graduating over the past 18 months.  Despite this we had 38 excellent applications from Graduates from 13 different Colleges spanning 2020 and 2021.  The quality was really impressive especially considering the tough time students have all experienced and the Judging panel had such a hard task selecting four winners for the prizes plus another 16 graduates for the Review.

The winner, Erica Poyser, reacted by stating;

“Wow this is crazy! THANK YOU! I am so excited and honoured to have won this prize! There were so many amazing glass graduates this year and they have all created such amazing work in the extra challenging circumstances.

I am so proud of the work I have been able to accomplish this year. I couldn’t have done it without the incredible help of my glass partner Rosie Perrett and my incredible teacher Jill Ellinsworth!  Thank you again for this prize! It’s such an amazing way to end my 3 years of University!”

Part of her winning application for the prize was Erica’s passionate explanation of her work which struck a chord with the Judges;

“The process of glass blowing and its endless creative capabilities are an addiction to anyone who is lucky enough to have a go. I found my passion for glassblowing through my Design Crafts degree, and I am working hard to learn as much as I can about the art. I want to pursue a career in glass making and keep expanding my knowledge of the material.

 A 2020 UK summer survey, reported by Young Minds, resulted in 80% of respondents agreeing that the Coronavirus pandemic made their mental health worse. My collection of glass pieces represents the overwhelming emotions many have tackled alone over the past year. Hopefully representing those emotions in a physical form can bring a cathartic feeling as people can relate my art to their own emotions from the past year.” Erica Poyser

The Judges were honoured to be able to provide support for Graduates who over the last couple of years have completed their degrees in unimaginably difficult circumstances.

“The WCGSCF is delighted to be associated with the CGS Graduate award which we hope will help to encourage another new generation of studio glass artisans”  Leigh Baildham ( Chairman of Trustees – Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London Charity Fund )

It was a pleasure to once again judge this year’s prize. Considering this was such an awful year in many ways it was great to see so many entrants and such high quality. As ever, we struggled to give the prizes with so many good pieces to choose from. However, a winner emerged and several really high-quality runners up and Highly Commended and Commended. Well done to everyone and I really hope that the prize will help some excellent artists become established in the glass world. Professor Michael Barnes MD FRCP (CGS Board member and sponsor of the Prize)

The selection panel comprised of Angela Jarman – artist, Michael Barnes – glass collector/ CGS Trustee, Sarah L. Brown – glass artist/ CGS Trustee and Leigh Baildham from the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London Charity Fund. The judges had a long and arduous task in selecting the 4 Winners; 5 Highly Commended, and the 11 Commended graduates to be included in the Review.

The CGS ‘New Graduate Review 2021 ‘ is a 16 page publication, which will be circulated to all CGS. Members & Associates, plus through ‘Neues Glas – New Glass: Art & Architecture.’ Magazine.

This publication will give CGS an opportunity to showcase work from the talented Prize Winners plus work from several more emerging British graduates. It is vital to promote all glass education courses as more and more creative courses are threatened with closure.

We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors who provided financial support and Prizes for the Glass Prize and the ‘New Graduate Review’ 2021, without whom this would not have been possible; Professor Michael Barnes MD FRCP, The Worshipful Company Of Glass Sellers Of London Charity Fund, Creative Glass UK, Pearsons Glass, Warm Glass, Neues Glas – New Glass: Art & Architecture and Alan J. Poole.

All British and Irish students graduating from an accredited course in 2018 were eligible to enter.

The First Prize includes: £500 in cash, £200 Creative Glass UK vouchers,
Cover of the Graduate Review & two feature pages inside,
Two years’ C.G.S. MembershipAlan J. Poole will provide a selection of glass related books, including ‘A Passion For Glass’,
A free subscription to Neues Glas.

Second Prize:£150 cash, £100 voucher from Warm Glass, A Year’s Subscription to  Neues Glas – New Glass: Art & Architecture magazine and one year’s membership of CGS

Two Runners Up both receive:£50 vouchers from Pearsons Glass, A year’s Membership to C.G.S.A free subscription to Neues Glas & Crafts magazines.

C.G.S. received a total of 38 applications from thirteen colleges/universities, including  City Of Glasgow College, Crawford College Of Art & Design in Cork,  Institute Of Technology at De Montfort University in Leicester, Edinburgh College Of Art – The University Of Edinburgh, Kensington & Chelsea College, London, Manchester Metropolitan University, Plymouth College of Art, Royal College Of Art, London, University Centre in Hastings,  East Sussex College, Hastings, University for the Creative Arts at Farnham, University Of Sunderland and University of Wolverhampton.

 image Constricted, Erica Poyser, Photo: Matt Stone, Matt Evans

Richard Jackson kindly talks us through successful glass photography.

Glass photography requires a combination of technique, skill, and knowledge. If you want to photograph glass, you should know that the glass will reflect any light or objects that are within your room as a whole. While this can be a challenge, there are a few techniques that can make this process a little easier.

Photographer Richard Jackson has very kindly put together a detailed guide on how to successfully photograph glass. We also recommend members work with a professional photographer to obtain superb results: https://www.cgs.org.uk/…/how-to-photograph-glass-for…/

A big thank you to Richard for his help and valuable information.

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