three hundred years of collectable glass in one day

The Cambridge Glass Fair
The Cambridge Glass Fair is pleased to host the stands of the
Glass Association, Glass Circle, Contemporary Glass Society, Cohesion Glass Network, Stained Glass Museum, Pressed Glass Collectors Club, Guild of Glass Engravers, Paperweight Collectors Circle, Pottery and Glass Forum, Nazeing Glass Museumand Whitefriars dot com. Located in the foyer and the Contemporary Glass Hall, you can meet with their representatives, view their publications and find literature for joining these informative organisations.

the glass association (stand 1)

Formed just over twenty years ago the Glass Association states its aims as:

"The Glass Association was founded in England in 1983 at the Stourbridge College of Art, and it is a registered charity (no. 326602). The association was established in order to promote the understanding and appreciation of glass and glass-making method: and to generally to increase public interest in the whole subject of glass.

The Glass Association concerns itself with all types of glass, both historical and contemporary, and through its visits, meetings and publications, seeks to cater for a wide range of glass interests. Whether you are a collector of glass, an antique dealers,a museum curator, or you are involved in the making of glass; the Glass Association has something to offer."

The Glass Association produces a number of publications and organises member trips and lectures.

For more information and a chance to view current publications as well as back issues, visit the stand at the fair or use the link below to visit their website.

www.glassassociation.org.uk

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the glass circle (unable to attend this fair)

With an interesting history and founder, The Glass Circle has survived over sixty years and is still going strong. In their own words they were:

".................... founded in 1937 by John Maunsell Bacon, the great, great, great grandson of the famous English sculptor John Bacon. ...........................

Today, with nearly four hundred members world-wide, The Glass Circle has changed and adapted to modern circumstances. Membership is open to anybody with a serious interest in collectable glass of any sort, but need not own a collection; evening dress went out at the end of the second world war, as did special invitations and meeting in members houses. But each year the Circle organises a regular programme of eight evening lecture-cum-get-together sessions, covering a wide range of glass interests, with light refreshments, held at a suitable meeting house, currently the historically nostalgic environment of The Artworkers Guild, in London ..........."

For the full text and information on how to join, visit their stand or use the link below to their website. Current publications and back issues are also available from the stand and the website.

www.glasscircle.org

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the contemporary glass society
(stand 18)

The mission statement for The Contemporary Glass Society states:

"The Contemporary Glass Society was founded in 1997 with the dual objectives of encouraging excellence in glass as a creative medium and helping to develop a greater awareness of Contemporary Glass world-wide.......

Its supporters include collectors, educators, critics, the media, and those working in galleries and museums."

For the full text and information on how to join, visit their stand or use the link below to their website. Current publications and back issues are also available from the stand and the website.

www.cgs.org.uk

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the ely stained glass museum
(stand 16)

The Stained Glass Museum is situated in the south transept of historic Ely Cathedral. Guided tours are available as well as child friendly activities. In its own words:

"The Stained Glass Museum offers a unique insight into the fascinating story of stained glass, an art-form that has been practiced in Britain for at least thirteen hundred years.

The Museum Trust was set up in the 1970s to rescue and preserve stained glass and now houses a national collection of British stained glass. An exhibition of the finest pieces gives visitors a chance to appreciate its beauty and history.

The Museum is in the South Transept of Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, a small city fifteen miles north of Cambridge making it an ideal centre to visit.

The Museum's exhibits include an early 19th century stained-glass copy of a work by Raphael and an 18th century panel copied from a portrait by the artist Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Also on display is work by Morris & Co. 20th Century work includes pieces by John Piper, Brian Clarke and Evie Hone famous for work at Eton College Chapel."

For the full text and information on how to become a friend, visit their stand or use the link below to their website. Current publications and back issues are also available from the stand and the website.

www.stainedglassmuseum.com

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the pressed glass collectors club (unable to attend this fair)

The Pressed Glass Collectors Club is dedicated to furthering the knowledge and collection of pressed glass. The club's website contains articles and links to their publications. In its own words:

"Formed in 1994, the club is postal based and centred around the club journal 'Marking Times'. Our aim is to encourage and inform members and provide a network of fellow collectors.

Whilst our membership base is in the UK we are an International club with members in USA , Australia , New Zealand & mainland Europe .

Whilst the main area of interest for members is English pressed glass of the Victorian and Edwardian era, we regularly include features about other areas of pressed glass collecting including, American Depression and EAPG, Art Deco & Continental glass. in addition we feature up and coming areas of collectable pressed glass.

Members are openly encouraged to treat the club as their own and to contribute articles, pictures and comments."

For the full text and information on how to become a member, visit their stand or use the link below to their website. Current publications and back issues are also available from the stand and the website.

pressedglassclub.mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk

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the guild of glass engravers
(stand 17)

The Guild of Glass Engravers was formed to provide a professional body for glass engravers. In its own words:

"The Guild of Glass Engravers was founded in 1975 by a small group of British engravers who were keen to establish a professional body for this art form. Laurence Whistler was invited to be the first President and John Hutton the first Vice President. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was its first Patron.

The primary aims of the Guild are to promote the highest standards of creative design and craftsmanship in glass engraving.

The Guild acts as a forum for the teaching and discussion of engraving techniques and new developments from around the world as well as acting as a source of information to the public on all aspects of glass engraving and advises the growing number of individuals and institutions wishing to commission work.

To engrave glass is to embark on an absorbing and rewarding experience of working with light. The mysterious qualities of glass - a liquid metal caught in a moment of time and requiring both fire and water in the making - appear magical. Glass engravers capture, enhance and celebrate these qualities in their work and endeavour to communicate them to a wider audience. "

For the full text and information on how to become a member, visit their stand or use the link below to their website. Current publications and back issues are also available from the stand and the website.

www.gge.org.uk

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the cohesion glass network
(unable to attend this fair)

Cohesion is the network for glassmakers. Originating in the North of England, it is sponsored by the City of Sunderland . In its own words:

"The aim of Cohesion is to assist and support glass businesses and practitioners to develop their skills, to create new opportunities and to promote the quality and diversity of their work to wider markets."

For the full text and information on how to become a member, visit their stand or use the link below to their website. Current publications and back issues are also available from the stand and the website.

www.cohesionglassnetwork.org

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the paperweight collectors circle
(stand 2)

The Circle was founded in Cambridge, UK in 1981 with a handful of like minded enthusiasts. Originally named "The Cambridge Paperweight Circle", a new name was agreed in 2003, to be fully effective from Jan 2004. The renaming reflected a continued growth to world-wide membership and a change in focus arising from the addition of Regional Meetings within the UK.

The stated objectives of the group are twofold. To provide a forum for existing collectors to meet and discuss their mutual hobby in a pleasant social atmosphere, and to encourage the wider collection of paperweights, so as to support the activities of the artists and craftsmen who are developing and improving this exacting art form

Throughout our membership, collectors may specialise in the work of one particular factory or artist, or may build up a range of examples from a variety of sources, both contemporary or antique. In either case they derive enormous pleasure from these beautiful objects, often for a relatively modest investment.

The Circle holds regular meetings, often with a guest speaker and also arranges visits to places of interest to collectors.

For the full text and information on how to become a member, visit their stand or use the link below to their website. Current publications and back issues are also available from the stand and the website.

www.paperweightcollectorscircle.org.uk

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the pottery and glass forum
(unable to attend this fair)

A free forum to research and identify pottery, porcelain and glass. On this forum is the largest selection of Fat Lava, West & East German Pottery on the internet, companies listed by name and history, with data on designers, form numbers, decors etc. We have also have a massive Glass section, where each glass maker has its own section, On this forum, your identified object, is stored in that makers section so you can find it easily anytime.

www.potteryandglass.forumandco.com

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the nazeing glass museum
(unable to attend this fair)

The only new glass museum to open in the UK for many years, this museum focuses on British Domestic glass produced between 1900 and 2000.

The museum is located within the Nazeing Glass Works.

On entering the museum you will see examples of the many different types and colours of glassware manufactured by Nazeing Glass Works throughout the 1900's.  For comparison, some European glass is shown, together with a section on fakes, forgeries and fripperies.

The museum is not solely devoted to Nazeing Glass Works, showing the domestic output of the many different companies that produced glass in Great Britain and Northern Ireland between 1900 and 2000.  The designers, such as Michael Harris, Geoffrey Baxter and Frank Thrower, are featured in the Study Room.

www.nazeing-glass.com/museum

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whitefriars.com
(stand 56)

Whitefriars.com is an interactive website dedicated to Whitefriars glass. It plays host to a large and enthusiastic community of Whitefriars glass collectors who have their own galleries on the site where they can post images of their collections. There are forums for discussion, argument and help with identification plus useful links and news sections. There is also information about the factory history and catalogues etc.

www.whitefriars.com

 

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