REMINDER!! 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.
with Completed form CGS-Online-exhibition-Call-to-Graduates-2020-and-2021


Save Bild-Werk Frauenau! Benefit Auction for Bild-Werk Frauenau: 3 October 2021

Save Bild-Werk Frauenau!

Benefit Auction for Bild-Werk Frauenau: 3 October 2021

Once again we have a Benefit Auction for Bild-Werk Frauenau. This time, however, the success of the auction will be essential for our survival: Our financial position after two Covid summers is desperate. So we invite you to view the exciting artworks for sale, and that you will buy wonderful new works that will grace your home, your business, or perhaps make a good gift!

For this unique collection of artworks we have to thank all the artists, our teachers and teaching assistants, who have contributed their talents by giving us wonderful artworks for sale. Artists give so much and have also been hit hard by the pandemic. These works come from all the studio areas represented in Bild-Werk, from all glass areas, to painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. A very unique and special detail of interest to many of you will be those pieces made in Bild-Werk, several where two or more teachers have cooperated across disciplines. These artworks are international and only possible in our academy sessions.

For those who are able to attend the auction in person you will experience all of the usual raz-ma-taz of Bild-Werk, meet many of the represented artists, and have the chance to bid for objects that take your fancy. If you are unable to attend then please make written bids for your favourite pieces. The Bild-Werk office will be happy to assist you in navigating how this is done. The catalogue can be viewed online:

Bild-Werk will celebrate 35 years next year, and we hope that we can continue to offer innovative courses within our creative academies for years to come. Please support us in any ways that you can.

Bild-Werk has always had a strong representation from UK glass artists, and you will see there is a strong UK presence in the Auction: There are ten UK artists represented by 16 objects!: Max Jacquard, Kiln casting – Mark Angus Stained glass (UK living in Germany) – Jazmin Velasco-Moore Wood print, – Amber Hiscot Stained Glass – Watercolour, – Emma Baker Bown glass, – James Maskrey Blown glass, – Juli Bolaños-Durman Assembled glass, Anne Petters (D living in UK) Pate-de-verre, and Sue Woolhouse Blown Graal, with Catharine Coleman Engraving, making a donation.

Many of the other contributing artists also have UK connections, for example as teachers and teaching assistants and students.

The Auction Team of Bild-Werk Frauenau



Lava Glass Is First Carbonzero Certified Glassblowing Studio in the World!

We have some exciting news!
Taupo (Waikato): Master glass artists Lynden Over and Christine Robb are thrilled to announce that their glassblowing studio Lava Glass has achieved carbon neutral status and is the first glassblowing studio in the world to have done so! ‘I wasn’t prepared to continue as a glass artist if I couldn’t do it in a sustainable way. It has been a rewarding journey to convert the studio to carbon zero status and know that I am able to look after the planet while following my passion’, says Lynden Over. Environmental mindfulness in art is something which these two glass artists have been focusing on for the past two years. Glass has not conventionally been associated with “Environmental art”. In fact, the act of turning sand into glass takes an incredible amount of heat. A furnace containing molten glass roars 24 hours a day in a glass artist’s studio, and then a second furnace is fired up to keep the molten glass moving. However, sustainability is incredibly important to Lynden and Christine and creating beautiful everlasting objects of art with zero carbon was their new challenge. Because Lynden’s work is inspired by the rugged New Zealand landscapes, it seemed necessary to be mindful of that environment. Relentlessly Lynden and Christine have worked to reduce their carbon footprint and to sequester some of the carbon released in the making of their artworks. First, they converted their gas hungry furnace to an electric furnace and used the clean green electricity which is available in New Zealand to run it. They have also converted to electric cars. For the carbon sequestration programme, they have planted 100 ha of pine trees and 25 ha of New Zealand native trees. The native tree planting is part of an environmental benefit programme which links pathways of native bush creating wildlife corridors. Waste reduction has also been a focus and in 2021 they diverted 67% of Lava Glass waste away from landfill. Lynden’s and Christine’s efforts prove that it is absolutely possible to reduce the carbon footprint of an energy-intensive artform like glass blowing. Lava Glass has measured its carbon emissions via independent auditing by Toitū Envirocare. This year they had to offset 90.14 tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent). Now it is all about drastically reducing these carbon emissions. Together with Toitū Envirocare, Lava Glass developed a Greenhouse Gas emissions management plan and reduction targets for the coming years. Lynden and Christine believe in going the extra mile for sustainability and see their Toitū Carbonzero Certification (an internationally recognized assessment) as an effective way to reduce their environmental impact. They strive to be at the forefront of environmentally aware art-making in their Lava Glass studio.Lava Glass is comprised of a glass art gallery, glassblowing studio, glass sculpture garden and café. Founded in 2002 by husband and wife team, Lynden Over and Christine Robb, the complex offers unique New Zealand inspired glass art and a fascinating window into the world of glassmaking. Over the years Lynden has created an original range of collectable glassware and many award-winning works.
Contact details: Christine Robb Ph: +64 (0)7 374 8400 Email:
Address: 165 SH 5, RD4, Taupo 3384

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Why CGS Membership? What will it offer me?

As a glass artist, supplier, glass gallery or collector, you might well wonder what CGS could possibly offer you, right?

Well….the answer is- A GREAT DEAL OF THINGS!

Below are just SOME of what you will enjoy as a member. We are a not for profit organisation, so ALL our membership fees go back into supporting YOU and OTHER glass artists, helping get your work in front of thousands of viewers, networking with suppliers and galleries, and public glass enthusiasts too.

Your own CGS webpage
CGS social media presence
Members-only advice line
Glass Network print magazine
Glass Network digital magazine
Exhibition & Selling opportunities
Member’s Spotlight
Contact with other artists
Submit content to Glass Network and Glass Network digital
Use of the CGS logo
Regular email newsletters
Practical advice and courses
Network with a supportive community
Exclusive supplier discounts
Discounted prices on sponsorship and advertising options
Early-bird invitation and discount for the CGS conference
Full voting rights