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The Cambridge Glass Fair

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The next Glass Fair @ Knebworth will be held on Sunday 11th October 2015 at its new venue, Knebworth House, Stevenage SG1 2AX. The fair will be open from 10.30am until 4.00pm.

Knebworth Barns

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 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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  • To view a video made at a recent fair and posted on YouTube please click here.

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.

Originally founded along with the respected collector and glass expert Dr. Graham Cooley, this fair offers the

Promotional leaflet for next Glass Fair

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 are also regular exhibitors 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. (See image below right.)

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 Vic Bamforth is the latest contributor to our exhibitor interviews and this can be viewed here.

Powell opalescent glass

The exhibition for the October fair will feature a display of British opalescent glass from an extensive private collection. Some of the wonderful pieces to be shown are pictured here (see left).

The exhibition will be found in the annexe off Hall 1.

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 'Exhibitions' on the menu bar.

Visitors will again able to see and buy studio glass from a number of contemporary makers and engravers who are always happy to discuss commissions. Artists represented include Jonathan Harris, a talented glassmaker whose work is featured on the fair's promotional leaflets (see image above right).

At the September fair we are fortunate to be hosting 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 will be found in the covered walkway between the restaurant and the Knebworth shop, which will also be open on this occasion.

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.

Andy McConnell, the Antiques Roadshow glass expert, also attends the fair. Both he and Mark 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.

Monastery Stained Glass by George Wigley

The superb piece of medieval stained glass pictured to the right is a piece of fifteenth century monastery glass which has been re-leaded by George Wigley. This is just one example of the interesting items which are available from Ely Stained Glass Museum's stand at the fair.

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 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 may like to know that we also organise the National Glass Fair, the next one of which will take place on Sunday 22nd November 2015.

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