CALL TO ARTISTS – Pyramid: One Gallery – Two Shows!!! 10th September – 30th October 2022

CGS is delighted to be exhibiting once again at the Pyramid Gallery in York and we would like to express our gratitude to Terry Brett for his generosity in allowing us to use his venue for our show.   In our 25th Anniversary Year we are celebrating with two different exhibitions held at the Gallery at the same time.  One exhibition is selected and one exhibition is open to all members.  What more could you ask for???
Exhibition One: “Bedazzled – 25 Glass Makers Impress”
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 bedazzle us and to commemorate our 25 years.
This is a selected selling show of 25 glass artists, featuring up to 3 pieces of work each.  There is an administration fee of £15 and successful artists will be asked for a marketing contribution of £30 per artist.
Download application form here:
Exhibition Two: Razzle Dazzle: FIVE X FIVE
After a couple of years with little live entertainment, let’s add a little razzle dazzle to our 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.
This is an unselected show for 100 members.  Once you have registered and, if you are one of the first 100, you are in the show.
Use your imagination to create a little gem that fits 5 inches x 5 inches. (127 x 127mm) x 1 inch deep (25mm).  This is a maximum size.  However, if that piece is framed, the frame can be additional to the sizes given for the glass work. To make it fun and challenging, all pieces of work will be sold for between £100 to £300.  This show is free to enter.
You do not need to have made your piece by 27th June.  It is not needed until September but we need to know how many artists are taking part so please register by 27th June!

Download application form here:

Call for Entries, Making Your Mark and David Peace Prize 2022

The Guild of Glass Engravers is proud to launch a call for entries for the second Making Your Mark exhibition, an Instagram based exhibition of works created by students based in the UK and overseas. The exhibition will go live at the end of September 2022.

David Peace Prize

The David Peace Prize is endowed by a bequest from the estate of founding member of the Guild of Glass Engravers, the late Dr David Peace MBE and a bursary from his family. David Peace, past Chairman and President, was noted for his lettering on glass. He believed in encouraging young talent in glass – not only in the field of lettering, but also figurative and abstract artists.

The prize will be awarded to the student whose submitted work, in the opinion of the judges, shows the greatest talent and originality in the use of engraving on glass. The decision of the judges will be made from the images submitted.

The first prize will be of £500, the second prize £200. Both prizes include free student membership of The Guild of Glass Engravers for one year.

Deadline for Applications: 9th September 2022
For Information and an application pack click HERE

Image: Glass Graffiti by Christian Straub 2021 Winner of David Peace Prize 2021

Theo Brooks – Battuto Bull, 2021

REMINDER Guild of Glass Engravers Members’ Online exhibition 2022

Send in your images for the Guild online exhibition now!

Remember that we are preparing for an online exhibition of members works on the new website which will go live in August. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch. enquiries@gge,
For information about the online exhibition click HERE

Deadline extension to 30th June 2022

Stained glass competition

Stained glass competition
St Mary Redcliffe Stained Glass Design Competition

A competition to design four panes of stained glass for our North Transept window.
Submission period opens: Monday 30 May 2022

Closing date: Sunday 10 July 2022
For more information click here

Four Nations Residency

We would like to take this opportunity to invite British based artists who specialise in working with glass to apply to take part in this project. This opportunity will allow the selected artist to explore the unlikely combination of glass and the theme of wearability.

The theme continues a collaborative project undertaken by National Glass Centre and Ruthin Craft Centre in 2017 which explored the potential relationship between glass and contemporary jewellery. This project widens the focus from jewellery to the broader theme of wearability. Resulting work will explore relationships between artworks created in glass and the human body.

The project will be undertaken as follows:
o An initial visit to National Glass Centre
o This visit will take place before September 2022. The purpose of the visit will be to meet staff and develop an understanding of the equipment available for making new work at the National Glass Centre.
o One day is allocated for this visit.

o Workshop week at North Lands Creative
o The artist will spend a week in September 2022 leading a workshop to explore how glass can relate to the theme of wearability. The workshop will be attended by other glass artists who will have a range of experience and approaches.
o Up to five days are allocated for the residency / teaching week.

o A visit to Glass Point
o The artist will visit Glass Point in Riga to develop international connections and to seek inspiration for their ongoing practice.
o This visit will take place in October, November or December 2022.
o Up to three days are allocated for this visit.

o A visit to Ruthin Craft Centre
o The artist will visit Ruthin Craft Centre to talk to staff about wearability in other craft media and to discuss good practice in craft retail.
o This visit will take place in October, November or December 2022.
o One day is allocated for this visit.

o A residency at National Glass Centre
o The artist will undertake a residency at National Glass Centre to create a new artwork in glass exploring the theme of wearability and a small series of limited edition pieces.
o The residency will take place in January, February or March 2023.
o Ten days are allocated for the residency.

o A fee of £5,000 will be paid to the artist. (20 days at £250 per day)
o A further budget is available to support project costs including travel, accommodation and materials.

To be considered for this project please send the following information to by midnight on Sunday 3rd July:
o CV
o Website and / or images of recent work
o A statement in no more than 300 words on how you feel your work could develop in line with the theme of wearability

Artist in Residence (Collection/ Photographer)

A reflective period of photographic research with the North Lands Creative archive, collection and artworks, and an opportunity to produce a set of documentary based photographs of the studio and wider context of North Lands Creative, visiting artists and studio users.

A research period getting to know the organisation and staff, with access to related pieces of archival material and the collection.

Initially offered as a 4-week residency.

Photographer-in-residence connecting with North Lands Collection. As part of our digitisation ambitions, we are looking to appoint a photographer to spend time on campus working with the staff team and broader studio users. We are looking for a practitioner who has an interest in collections and whose practice embraces the opportunity to co-author the project with others. As a starting point the practitioner will work with the staff exploring the purpose and some of the themes of the collection and the studio site.

The project aims to connect the organisation with the local community, using the rich heritage of the collection and associated archive as a stimulus for discussion and creative activity. The project looks to explore intergenerational engagement throughout the activity.

Using the Collection as a starting point to develop an online repository of the 27-year collection, the project will also result in a permanent display of new photographic work, exhibited throughout the campus building. The longer-term aim is to examine the interest in establishing a local photography group, which will continue to run as a self sustainable initiative once the photographer has finished their initial residency.

The residency will be offered over 4 weeks. Including:

– Research onsite visit to establish project and discuss project with NLC staff and meet participants, arrange set up of photography suite.

– Onsite documentation/ photographing the collection.
– Community engagement talks and workshops.
– Round up/ final report/ exhibition.

The artist will be expected to live and work in Lybster for the residency.

North Lands Creative will provide access to our Alastair Pilkington Studio and on-site accommodation for the duration of the residency.

The selected artist will also be expected to provide two talks or presentations about their work over the course of the project and deliver two community workshops.

The funding available for the residency is up to £3,500. This figure is based on a residency period of 4-weeks spent living and working in the area. This figure is inclusive of artist’s commission fee, material costs and production costs for the final outcome.

The funding available remains the same when applied to artist collaboration, where 2 or a group of artists work as one practice.

To be considered for this project please send the following information to by midnight on Sunday 10th July:

– Photographers based in Scotland
– CV
– Website and / or images of recent work
– A statement in no more than 300 words on how you feel you would approach the residency


Glass Sellers’ CGS PRIZE and New Graduate Review 2022. Deadline: 5pm 11th July 2022.

Application Form
Glass Sellers’ and CGS Glass Prize and New Graduate Review Application 2022

CGS is pleased to announce the launch of the 2022 Graduate Prize and New Graduate Review. We are delighted once again that the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London Charity Fund have helped fund the Prize and Review together with Professor Michael Barnes MC FRCP and our other sponsors, Creative Glass, Pearsons Glass and Warm Glass.

As we emerge from an exceedingly difficult two years CGS wish to support graduates at the beginning of what we hope is a long career in glass making.

There will be a Winner and Second Prize plus two Runners-up prizes, plus several Commendations, all will appear in the C.G.S. – New Graduate Review 2022.

The Application Form is available from Deadline Monday 5pm 11th July 2022


The first prize includes:

£500 cash
£200 vouchers from Creative Glass UK

A promotional package, including Cover & feature in the New Graduate Review
Two years’ C.G.S. Membership.
A year’s subscription to Neues Glas – New Glass: Art & Architecture magazine and Alan J Poole will provide a selection of glass related books

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

2 x Runners Up

Two Runners-up will each receive £50 Vouchers from Pearsons Glass, A Year’s Subscription to Neues Glas – New Glass: Art & Architecture magazine and a year’s C.G.S. Membership.

CGS New Graduate Review, a 16 page publication, will be circulated extensively to all colleges, museums, CGS members and will appear in Neues Glas – New Glass: Art & Architecture ( circulated world-wide ). It is a wonderful opportunity for graduates to have their work seen across the world.

There will also be a CGS online exhibition – on CGS website, which will show all work featured in the New Graduate Review 2022.

Criteria for Selection

You must be graduating from a British or Irish accredited course in 2022
Work must consist of at least 50% glass.
The work will be judged for quality and concept

Applications can be made from 21st June to 5pm 11th July 2022.

A panel of experts will select the winner and will be announced by 8th August 2022

We are grateful to all the sponsors, without whom this would not be possible.

Sponsored By:

Professor Michael Barnes MD FRCP,
The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London Charity Fund,
Creative Glass UK, Pearsons Glass, Neues Glas and Alan J. Poole


The Contemporary Glass Society and the Scottish Glass Society collaborate on a Joint Exhibition- in two locations.


“Stories – Whispers from the Past and the Present” on:

14th - 22nd September, 2022 at the Trades Hall, Glasgow and

3rd - 29th October, 2022 at the Wasps Creative Academy, Inverness

In 2022, the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) and the Scottish Glass Society (SGS) are promoting the UN designated International Year of Glass with a joint exhibition of contemporary glass art created by their members.  This is part of CGS’s ongoing celebrations of their 25th anniversary as the principle supporter and promoter of artists and collectors of contemporary glass in the UK.

The exhibition will open in Trades House, Glasgow in the Merchant City area and run from 14th to 22nd September, coinciding with the Glasgow ‘Doors Open’ week.  The exhibition then moves to the Wasps Creative Academy in Inverness, running from 3rd to 29th October.  Wasps is Scotland’s national provider of creative spaces redeveloping historic yet redundant buildings to house creative communities

The theme for the exhibition is taken from Scotland’s Year of Stories. This spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland. From icons of literature to local tales, the 2022 Year of Stories aims to encourage locals and visitors to experience a diversity of voices, take part in events and explore the places, people and cultures connected to all forms of our stories, past and present.

“Stories – Whispers from the Past and the Present” is intended to promote and raise awareness of the glory of contemporary glass.  It will encourage makers to consider the five strands of Scotland’s theme for 2022:

  1. Iconic stories and storytellers
    To showcase Scotland’s wealth of treasured and iconic stories and storytellers from classics to contemporary across literature, the screen and the entertainment world. 
  1. New stories
    To shine a light on emerging, fresh and forward-looking talent and highlight the innovators that break boundaries across all forms of storytelling. 
  1. Scotland’s people and places
    To promote how Scotland’s diverse culture, languages, landscapes and ways of life, urban and rural, provide a source for all types and forms of stories 


  1. Local tales and legends
    To bring to the forefront those distinct tales that communities pass through the generations. Those stories that we tell ourselves and share with others to make sense of time and place. 5 
  1. Inspired by nature
    To feature our encounters with nature. Whether by the sea or land, along rivers or through woods, in city and country, we discover stories of birds, insects, animals and plants. These stories define our place in the natural world and help create a more sustainable future for Scotland, and a greener planet. 

The aim of the “Stories – Whispers from the Past and the Present” 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.  It is also an opportunity for the public to not only discover their own local glass artists but to encounter work from other parts of the UK.  This joint exhibition will be one that celebrates both Scotland and also the collaboration between national glass societies.  The work displayed will feature as wide a range of techniques as possible.


“This is CGS’s second collaborative exhibition with the Scottish Glass Society.  The previous show was such a success that we are excited to have this wonderful opportunity to not only exhibit at the prestigious Trades Hall in Glasgow again but to tour the show to this exciting new venue in Inverness.   

This is an opportunity for our joint membership to show a range of amazing glass work featuring vibrant colours and a range of techniques.  It is also a glorious chance to raise the profile of contemporary glass with the general public whilst celebrating our intertwining history, the International Year of Glass and CGS’s 25th anniversary.” 

Susan Purser Hope Chair, the Contemporary Glass Society 


14th - 22nd September, 2022  

Trades Hall, 85, Glassford Street, Glasgow G1 1UH  

Tel: 0141 552 2418.

3rd - 29th October, 2022  

Wasps Creative Academy, Midmills Bldg, Stephen’s St, Inverness IV2 3JP  

Tel: 0141 553 5890 


Photo: Exhibition space at the Wasps Creative Academy, Inverness 



Commission – Christening Present

My wife and I wish to commission a christening present in Glass for our younger grandson.

Your proposal should be based on the following:
• An unusual unique piece
• Could be a vessel or an abstract object
• Coloured or clear.
• Intended to last his lifetime and beyond.
• Incorporate his name and christening date but not necessarily on the piece itself – it could be on a base.
• Budget about £500.
• Submit Two or three photos that are relevant to your proposal.
Entries by Friday 17 June using the form at the web address. Feel free to contact me if you want more info.

There are a few places left this term on various courses at The Glass Hub

They are offering a special discount of 10% off selected courses until 31st May (see the full list below).
Simply use the discount code at checkout: MAYSPECIAL10
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1-Day Glassblowing
Sat 21 May
1-Day Glassblowing
Sun 5 June
Summer School
Mon 13 – Fri 17 June
Reactive Fusing
Sat 25 June
Glassblowing Taster
Sun 26 June – Morning Session
Fossil Vitra
Sun 26 June
Glassblowing Taster
Sun 26 June – Afternoon Session
One-Day Glassblowing
Friday 1 July
1-Day Glass Fusing
Sat 2 July
The Glass Hub Summer School Extra
Mon 4 – Fri 8 July 2022
Katie Huskie – Textures to Embrace
Wed 13 – Fri 15 July 2022
Opal Seabrook – Fusing with the Wow Factor
Wed 7 – Fri 9 September
For more information on any of our courses, events or if you are interested in private tuition or studio hire, then please get in touch.

Vacancy for Experiences & Production Assistant at Cumbria Crystal

For Further details please see attached HERE:  Role Profile – Experiences glassblower and production assistant 2022