Summer Sunshine

Call Out 12th June
Deadline 12th July
Launch 26th July
Private View 31st July
Finish 29th August

“Old Work/ New Perspective”

This online glass exhibition was a chance for CGS member glass artists and designers to rediscover and display older work.

Nearly 50 CGS members took part in this show highlighting the diversity of talent and skill across our glass community.

(All work to be at least two years old.)

The show was launched on 12th June 2021 and on our CGS Homepage until 21st July.


TEXTURES/How Do You Feel?

An International CGS Online Glass Exhibition hosting 51 selected CGS Members.

This is a selling show, so please contact artists directly to purchase work or make an enquiry.

“Texture can defined as the tactile quality of an object’s surface. Within art, it can appeal to our sense of touch, which can evoke an emotional response. Texture is the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface. Just like 3D forms, texture can be implied or real. Texture can be created through tactile possibilities: cutting, building, tearing or layering of materials, for example.”

This was a CGS juried show, and was launched on 8th May 2021



FLORA- A CGS selling exhibition inspired by artist Cathryn Shilling

We asked renowned glass artist Cathryn Shilling if she would provide the theme for our next inspiring opportunity for members to show and sell their work.

59 CGS Members show their work in this online selling exhibition, which was launched on 3rd April 2021. All work is for sale! Please contact the artists directly.

Cathryn says: “I have spent a significant amount of time this winter gazing out of my kitchen window into my garden and reflecting on the year that was. So, I would like to challenge CGS members to participate in a new online selling exhibition inspired by the incredible diversity of ‘Flora’.”


If you have any questions about the exhibition, please email us or if you’d like to join in with our shows you can JOIN here:


“A POSTCARD FROM…..”A show inspired by Alan J Poole



A show inspired by Alan J Poole and a CGS selling online exhibition

27th February – 31st March 2021

Through these difficult times, our minds sometimes wander to happy days, holidays and gatherings or just places we love to visit. So here we are – back in lockdown and this is an opportunity to take your minds off to distant shores and view inspired postcard size work by CGS members.

Alan J Poole invited our 950 members to make a small piece of work with a view or reference to somewhere that means something to them.

Take a look and enjoy fun pieces to lift your spirits..

58 CGS Members decided to take part in the exhibition which was launched on 27th February 2021.

All pieces of work are for sale at £50, £100 or £150. Please contact the artists direct to buy work.





International Open Exhibition: “HANDS ACROSS THE WORLD”

11th January to 26th February 2021

During the global pandemic, the Contemporary Glass Society has pursued a programme of connecting with and supporting our members through these dark and troubling times. So, our close community of artists wanted to extend hands across the world to invite International glass artists not only from the UK but also internationally who are not members of CGS to take part in a selected online exhibition.

There was no set theme for this show- the CGS wanted international glass artists to introduce themselves to members, collectors and the general public who visit our amazing new website

24 International Glass Artists were selected, representing 17 different countries- a truly cross-cultural and extravagant offering of talent from across the globe!

Selected works will also be highlighted on all CGS social media sites.

The Contemporary Glass Society (C.G.S.) is widely regarded as the foremost organisation in the UK for promoting and encouraging cutting edge glass and glass-makers within the wider art world. Website:


That Which Inspires Us- An exhibition co-curated with Cathryn Shilling

Inspiration. It motivates us. Directs us. Shapes us and influences us in ways we may not be consciously aware of.

Inspiration is a complex tapestry of rich, disconnected and sometimes bizarre threads, spanning a lifetime of creative experiences.

This exhibition is my ‘tapestry’. It is very personal to me and within its threads are themes and motifs which have nurtured my creativity, as well as steered my practice in ways I am not even aware.

No two tapestries are the same. They are as individual as each of us. What inspires one person, may leave another cold. They can be tranquil, or vibrant. Monochrome, or technicolour. Minimal, or lavish. Above all however, they are stories and within the narrative of those rich and intricate threads, we are able to provide others with a glimpse of That Which Inspires Us.

Launched on Tue, 26 May 2020

Cathryn Shilling FSDC

“A” Is For Affordable: Glass Artists of CGS, A Selling Show

“A” Is For Affordable: Glass Artists of CGS, A Selling Show at accessible prices. (All work priced from £50 – £500)

This latest CGS online exhibition offers beautiful glass at affordable prices. The show will run from 1st November to 8th January 2021

A Selling Show at accessible prices (All work priced from £50 – £500) all work can be purchased direct from our members. Are you looking for that special Christmas present? Take a look at our inspired unique work and support creative people at the same time.




As Part of our Glass Games 2012 events diary, the CGS put together this exciting exhibition especially for the occasion. “Glass Games – a desire, a dream, a vision” brought the work of world-class glass sculptors to The Gallery in Redchurch Street, London hosted from June 13 to 23, 2012.

The following glass artists were selected to take part in this outstanding show of glass. Various works were displayed by each artist but this online exhibition shows a highlight from each artist that took part.

Glass Games 2012 is a summer of celebrations – an extravaganza of glass events that capture the Olympic spirit and bring the artistry, innovation and sheer brilliance of glass to more people than ever before.

Between June 1 and September 30, there’ll be more than 70 exhibitions, fairs, workshops and have-a-go sessions at venues throughout the UK.

GLASS GRADUATES OF 2020- Part of our CGS ‘Lockdown’ Series 4/6

“GLASS GRADUATES OF 2020” Part of our CGS ‘Lockdown’ Series 4/6

Glass Graduates 2020 have so much to show in their CGS online exhibition!

Every year the Contemporary Glass Society produces a Graduate Review for glass artists graduating that year. There are also prizes for excellence given alongside the Review. The Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) is the UK’s foremost organisation for supporting established artists, and up-and-coming makers. It was established in 1997 to represent the interests of glassmakers within the national and international community, and to promote contemporary glass in the wider art world.

Sadly this year because of the corona virus pandemic, the world has shattered for graduates. Their educational establishments have been shut prematurely; they have not been able to access workshops and studios to complete their final pieces of work or to even remove their work. Consequently their degree marks have been based on their ‘concepts’ rather than the work itself and their end of year Graduate Shows have not taken place.

Because of this, CGS has been unable to produce the 2020 Graduate Review.

However, we couldn’t leave students who were graduating in the lurch so we have launched Glass Graduates of 2020 (the Lockdown Exhibition.)

This is our first Graduate Show and we are excited to share graduates’ work with the public and glass making community. Despite the restrictions placed upon them, graduates have produced a dazzling and wide ranging demonstration of their ability and creative approach to contemporary glass.

Although we are not producing a Graduate Review this year, 2020 students will be invited to join students from 2021 in a combined production next year. Glass artists are always creative in making the best of the worst!

This show is highlighted on the CGS website for the month of August 2020.