The Cambridge Glass Fair
three hundred years of collectable glass in one day
Originally founded along with the respected collector and glass expert Dr. Graham Cooley, this fair offers the ideal opportunity to find both antique glass and contemporary studio work; glass from all eras and to suit all tastes. If your preference is for Georgian drinking glasses you will find many knowledgeable specialists, if you are interested in the Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods you will be amply catered for by several quality exhibitors and if you lean toward modernist collectables and art glass you will be spoilt for choice.
At the Cambridge Glass Fair we continually endeavour to improve the visitors’ experience. We were the first one-day fair to introduce regular exhibitions presenting both loan collections and previously overlooked areas of glass to our visitors.
Our promotional postcards were another real innovation and have become collectors’ items in their own right.
We have offered visitors the opportunity to meet some well-known personalities including Eric Knowles, Sam Herman, Andy McConnell and Mark Hill and we have hosted several book launches and selling exhibitions. The Stained Glass Museum from Ely cathedral are also regular exhibitors.
The venue has free parking and refreshments can be found in both the Atrium Cafe where visitors will be able to purchase sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks and also from the new cafe area outside the Old Hall where hot food is available as well.
We have updated our exhibition archive pages and all of the previous foyer exhibitions have now been reinstated. We hope that you will enjoy looking at them and at the 'exhibitor interview' pages where some of our regular exhibitors give an insight into their interest in the world of glass dealing and collecting. Susanne Runacres is the latest contributor to our exhibitor interviews and this can be viewed here.
The exhibition for the September fair was loaned by regular exhibitor Peter Elliot and was a display of Continental glass from his own collection. The exhibition was entitled 'A Little Taste of Europe'.
Visitors were able to see and buy studio glass from around twenty contemporary makers and engravers who are always happy to also discuss commissions. Scroll down to see an image of a beautiful piece by Laura Hart from Suffolk.
A regular exhibitor at the fair since its inception is glass dealer Tim Mills. Tim was selling his new book, 'Rummers - A social history in glass'. Normally on sale for £25, the special fair price was £20.
Regular visitors may recall that Tim curated the February 2008 foyer exhibition which was a marvellous display of British jugs 1750 - 1900. Here is a link to the relevant exhibition archive page.
Representatives from Whitefriars.com, the website dedicated to Whitefriars glass and its many enthusiastic collectors, always have a stand at the fair and this time were exhibiting two separate displays, one of William Butler bowls and the other entitled "Whitefriars.com Favourites Exhibition" - Dedicated to David Fuller.'
David was a popular and knowledgeable forum member who has sadly died and this exhibition was dedicated to his memory.
The glass in the latter exhibition was therefore drawn from the collections of some of the forum members and the Butler bowls were from Graham Hudson's collection. One of Brian Slingsby's favourite pieces, a decanter by Paul Jeffries, is shown below. Brian was the technical director at Whitefriars during the later years.
Members of the Forum were at the fair and delighted as always to meet other collectors and to answer questions.
The exhibition, always quite special, was located in the foyer outside the Old Hall.
Details of this and all of the previous Whitefriars.com exhibitions can be found by clicking on 'Whitefriars.com' on the menu bar.
You can often follow collectables expert and author Mark Hill on Twitter as he goes around our fairs, finds
pieces of interest and chats to the exhibitors.
The Glass Association are represented at the fair and pleased to talk about their work and to welcome new members where appropriate.
The Contemporary Glass Society also attends the fair and are very pleased to meet enthusiasts and new members.
Stained glass artist Ann Benwell often demonstrates the art of making Tiffany-style glass and visitors are able to try their hand at this fascinating subject.
The Guild of Glass Engravers are also frequently represented and enjoy meeting friends both old and new.
For paperweight enthusiasts, in addition to the several specialist dealers who attend the event, the Paperweight Collectors Circle usually hold an ‘Identification Clinic’ where you are invited to bring along any weights or related items you have questions about or just wish to discuss. This is an excellent opportunity to find out about weights you have tucked away at home that you may have bought, inherited or perhaps received as gifts.
Visitors were also able to buy early gifts and decorations from the popular Christmas table which was located in the foyer.
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the February 2013 Visitor Survey £50 prize draw was C. McConnell from Lancashire.
We will continue to innovate and to develop the fair, and to that end we have lots of good things in store. Come along and join us at the next event in February or maybe make a weekend of it.
For those of you travelling by public transport we have listed some local taxi firms and are happy to put visitors in touch with each other if they wish to share the fare. If you would like further information please click here.
If glass is your passion, we at the Cambridge Glass Fair will ensure that you can indulge it to the full and have a wonderful time.
If you are unable to visit the Cambridge Glass Fair you may like to know that we also organise the National Glass Fair, the next one of which will take place on Sunday November 10th 2013.
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