three hundred years of collectable glass in one day
The next Glass Fair @ Knebworth is to be held on Sunday 24th February 2019 at Knebworth House, Stevenage SG1 2AX. The fair will be open from 10.30am until 4.00pm.
One of England’s most beloved stately homes, Knebworth House is famous worldwide for its rock concerts and also as the home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton. This beautiful 500-year old gothic mansion, with its turrets, domes and gargoyles silhouetted against the sky, is situated 29 miles north of London just off the A1(M) at Stevenage so is very convenient and easily accessible. The fair will be held in the Knebworth Barns, a complex made up of two 400 year old tithe barns, the Manor and the Lodge, plus the Cobbold and Lytton Barns, two brand new oak structures which were completed in September 2011.
The licensed restaurant in the Garden Terrace Barn has seating for 76 guests and serves a variety of hot and cold snacks, freshly-prepared sandwiches, homemade cakes, tea, coffee and much more.The venue has extensive free parking.
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This is an exciting development for the Glass Fair which has been looking for a new permanent home since fire destroyed Chilford Hall in 2012.
The Glass Fair is an event which brings together around 70 exhibitors whose stock covers a wide variety of glass of all ages and genres.
The original Cambridge Glass Fair was founded along with the respected collector and glass expert Dr. Graham Cooley and, in a similar way, 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 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.
The promotional postcards which were a feature of the original fair were another real innovation and have become collectors’ items in their own right. However, we have decided that it is time for a change and have now discontinued the postcards, so hang on to your collections!
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 has also been a regular exhibitor in the past, selling some fabulous medieval and Victorian glass set into leadwork which can be hung in windows to catch the sun, as well as more modern stained glass.
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. Contemporary glass artist Jilly Cunningham is the latest contributor to our exhibitor interviews and this can be viewed here.
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 and at the 2016 fair he launched his new book, selling and signing copies.
Sklo: Czech Glass Design from the 1950s-70s is a considerably revised and enlarged version of his first ground-breaking book on the subject, Hi Sklo Lo Sklo, which was published in 2008 and sold out two years later.
There was also a small exhibition at the fair of Mark's 'Top Ten' pieces of Czech glass.
For the February fair, the exhibition was of Powell/Whitefriars cloudy glass and loaned by Graham Hudson, one of our regular exhibitors. You can find out more on the Foyer Exhibition page. The display was located in the annexe off Hall 1.
Below you can see an image of the two shelves of 'mystery' glass in the Cloudy Powell exhibition. There is more info about these pieces on the Foyer Exhibition page but you can appreciate the colours in this picture.
At this fair, Andy McConnell, the Antiques Roadshow glass expert, will be selling copies of his new book, The Decanter, Ancient to Modern, which took him 18 years to write! He will enjoy having a chat with you while he signs your copy. Both he and Mark Hill are always delighted to meet visitors and to talk about anything to do with glass.
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 usually attends the fair and are very pleased to meet enthusiasts and new members.
The Guild of Glass Engravers are 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.
Although there will no longer be a Whitefriars.com exhibition details of all of the previous exhibitions can be found by clicking on 'Whitefriars.com' under 'Exhibitions1' on the menu bar.
Visitors are able to see and buy studio glass from a number of contemporary makers and engravers who are always happy to discuss commissions. Artists attending include Jonathan Harris, Helen Millard and Terri Colledge, all extremely talented cameo engravers, and Allister Malcolm, Vic Bamforth and Stephen Foster, each of whom is a recognised world-class glass artist. Several other glass artists working in various disciplines will be exhibiting at the fair including Guergana Sabkova with some of her exciting cast work and Jilly Cunningham with her innovative light switches.At the fair we are fortunate to host a glassblowing demonstration by E&M Glass. Ed and Margaret Burke are seasoned glass artists and their fascinating demos are a joy to watch. They are located in the covered walkway between the restaurant and the Knebworth shop, which was also open on this occasion.
We will continue 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 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 Glass Fair will ensure that you can indulge it to the full and have a wonderful time.
If you are unable to visit this Glass Fair you might like to know that we also organise the Ickworth Glass Fair (date TBC) and the National Glass Fair which takes place on Sunday 12th May.
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the £50 prize draw for completing the visitor survey form at the 2017 February fair was Ms Diane Oddy from Bury St. Edmunds.
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If you are an exhibitor further information about our fairs can be found at specialistglassfairs.com