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Book Launch: Chance Additions

November 2014 National Glass Fair: Upcoming Highlights

Isle of Wight Studio Glass Recommences Production

Homes & Antiques Magazine: Fair Of The Month

Book: 'Rummers: A Social History Told In Glass'

Book: 'The Portland Vase Project 2012'

'Encyclopaedia of Caithness Glass Paperweights: The First 40 Years'

Book Release: 'The Curious History of the Bulb Vase'

Loch, Heather & Peat: Domhnall O’Broin & Caithness Glass

20th Century British Glass by Charles R. Hajdamach

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Book Launch: Chance Additions

Book Cover: Chance Additions

Book Cover: Chance Additions

We are pleased to announce that David Encill is launching his new book on Chance Glass at the November 2014 National Glass Fair.

The book is entitled 'Chance Additions: A Sequel to Chance Expressions, The History of Domestic Glassware from...Chance Brothers' and will be discounted from £20 to £16 on the day of our glass fair.

The book will be available for purchase from Stand No. 26 in Hall 1. David will be available to sign copies of the book.

Since publishing Chance Expressions, several new revelations have emerged about the glassware that prompted this second volume.

The most significant reason for this is due to the Chance archives moving back to their ancestral home in Smethwick, West Midlands. This permitted unparalleled access to previously unseen documentation.

This new volume expands on the history of domestic glassware from Chance Brothers, from 1929 to 1981. This includes the entire ranges of Orlak and Aqualux tableware, along with details of new pressed-glass and Fiestaware ranges.

Further information can be found on David Encill's website.


November 2014 National Glass Fair: Upcoming Highlights


Uranium Glass bowl - possibly by Walsh.

Uranium Glass bowl - possibly by Walsh

With the date of our next glass fair fast approaching, we thought we would take the time to give you some information about some of the great attractions we have in store for November 23rd 2014.

In addition to the vast array of decorative antique and modern glass on offer, there will be plenty of other things for glass enthusiasts to enjoy.

Once again the fair will host an exhibition that will showcase glass of a particular style or maker. This time around our exhibition will focus on the various types of uranium glass produced by glass factories around the world. The exhibition has been put together by Leni Simons and features numerous prize pieces from her personal collection of uranium glass. Leni is a regular visitor to the National Glass Fair and is an avid glass collector. You can view a selection of preview images on our November 2014 exhibition page.

Book Cover: Unique Lalique Mascots.
Book Cover: Unique Lalique Mascots
by G. G. Weiner

Our November glass fair will also feature a book signing by G.G. Weiner from the Lalique Mascot Collecting Club. His new book is entitled Unique Lalique Mascots: the automotive radiator hood ornaments of master glass artisan R. Lalique. The book includes auction realisation prices and has a foreword by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and a preface by Eric Knowles of the Antiques Roadshow. 

With the festive season just around the corner, visitors will be delighted to find that we will once again have a Christmas stall. You will be able to choose from a fun and fabulous selection of unique and handcrafted Christmas decorations and gifts.

The fair will play host to around 80 exhibitors, including many high quality dealers who offer rare and sought after examples of decorative glass that will delight glass collectors.

Fans of contemporary glass will be especially pleased to see the addition of some new faces at the next fair. In particular, Elliot Walker - who specialises in sculptural work - will be exhibiting alongside a number of well known contemporary makers, such as Vic Bamforth and Helen Millard, who exhibit regularly at our fair.

Over the years glass artists have produced a huge variety of different types and styles of decorative glass. From utilitarian tableware to the finest decorative items, exquisite jewellery, paperweights, whimsical animal figures and Georgian drinking glasses, you will find them all on offer at our November fair.

In the coming weeks a good selection of items offered for sale will be available for viewing via our Preview Gallery. Once we start to receive images from our exhibitors, they will be added to the gallery, which will be regularly updated right up until the day of the please do check back regularly if you want to get ahead of the game and pick out items you want to purchase when visiting our fair on Sunday the 23rd of November 2014.

We look forward to seeing you at the National Motorcycle Museum this November!


Isle of Wight Studio Glass Recommences Production


Glass vase by Timothy Harris

Glass vase by Timothy Harris

We have some great news for anyone interested in contemporary studio glass and the work of Isle of Wight Studio Glass.

Timothy Harris has always pushed the boundaries of what is possible with glass and his work is gaining a lot of attention and appreciation. Increasingly discerning glass lovers are coming to recognise that he has produced some of the best works in the history of British Studio Glass.

Following the liquidation of Isle of Wight Studio Glass, all was thought lost. Fortunately Timothy looked at this as just another boundary he had to overcome. Thankfully the company has now been resurrected from the furnace as Timothy Harris @ I of W Studio Glass.

Better still, Timothy has finally recommenced glass production and launched some of his newest pieces at May 2014 National Glass Fair. Artius Glass - long time supporters of Timothy Harris' work - were delighted to make these available for purchase and allow collectors the opportunity to get hold of Timothy's most recent creations 'straight from the furnace'!

Examples of Timothy Harris' latest glassware can be found in our 11th May 2014 Contemporary Preview Gallery.


Homes & Antiques Magazine Fair Of The Month!

BBC Homes and Antiques Article

We are extremely excited to announce that the National Glass Fair was featured as 'Fair of the Month' in the November 2013 issue of Homes & Antiques Magazine.

The magazine included a great write-up, which should really wet your appetite for the glass that will be available at our future glass fairs.

To view some of the amazing glass that was offered for sale at our November 2013 fair, head over to our November 2013 Preview Gallery >>>


Rummers: A Social History Told In Glass

Book Cover: Rummers: A Social History Told In Glass by Tim Mills
Book Cover: Rummers: A Social History Told In Glass by Tim Mills

Regular National Glass Fair exhibitor Timothy Mills has recently published an exciting new book: 'Rummers - A Social History Told in Glass'.

Whilst a great deal has been written about stemmed 18th century drinking glasses, Rummers have rarely received more than a passing mention.

Tim's book has been written in order to address this relative neglect and to give these glasses the exposure they deserve.

The book describes and illustrates the development of the rummer form, detailing the evolution of different styles and techniques. This journey takes you from their first appearance around 1780, through to their demise in the later decades of the nineteenth century.

The glasses used to illustrate the book range from the humble to the grand, from the cheap to the expensive, and from those encountered everyday to museum examples. Detailed captions provide the reader with useful information, whether they are browsing or reading cover to cover. It is hoped that the book will prove to be a valuable resource for those interested in British drinking glasses in general and rummers in particular.

Further information about 'Rummers - A Social History Told in Glass' >>>


'The 2012 Portland Vase Project'

Book Cover: 'The 2012 Portland Vase Project - Recreation of a Masterpiece'
Book Cover: 'The 2012 Portland Vase Project - Recreation of a Masterpiece'

Our 11th November 2012 glass fair featured an exhibition celebrating the latest recreation of the Portland Vase.

As an accompaniment to the exhibition, author Graham Fisher was in attendance selling copies of his book 'The 2012 Portland Vase Project' (ISBN: 9780954878146).

Graham is a trustee of the British Glass Foundation, an outreach worker for Broadfield House Glass Museum and has previously written about the historic Stourbridge glass industry in his book 'Jewel In the Cut'.

Graham's latest publication documents the making of the 2012 Portland Vase replica, which he describes as being a "tribute to all the glassmakers and artists who have helped, and continue to help, make the Stourbridge Glass industry the envy of the world".

The book also includes information on the principles of glassmaking, an historic guide to 400 years of glassmaking in the Stourbridge region, as well as some background on the development of cameo glass from the Roman period and a detailed account of the original Portland Vase.

Further information about the November 2012 National Glass Fair exhibition >>>


'Encyclopaedia of Caithness Glass Paperweights.'Encyclopaedia of Caithness Glass Paperweights: The First 40 Years'

In addition to the glass offered for sale at our May 2012 National Glass Fair, Andrew Nowson was once again in attendance selling copies of his paperweight encyclopedia.

'Encyclopaedia of Caithness Glass Paperweights: The First 40 Years' is a 'must-have' for paperweight collectors, dealers and anyone else who wants to know more about this fascinating subject.




'The Curious History of the Bulb Vase' by Patricia Coccoris

Book Cover: The Curious History of the Bulb Vase.Patricia Coccoris attended our 6 May 2012 glass fair, selling copies of her newly released book about bulb vases.

'The Curious History of the Bulb Vase' catalogues the diverse range of bulb vases manufactured  in Great Britain from the mid-18th century to the present day.

Although interest in bulb vases trailed off in the early part of the 20th century, it is now showing something of a revival. Modern vases, such as those designed by Dartington Crystal and Margaret Howdle demonstrate that the art and the interest in this area are as high as ever.

The book contains a full 300-year history of the bulb vase and a valuable reference guide for collectors. A compilation of pages from previously unseen factory pattern books (Richardson, Stevens & Williams, Stuart & Sons and Thomas Webb) places the reader in the enviable position of being able identify a huge range of bulb vases: hyacinth, tulip, crocus and snowdrop. The book also provides bulb vase collectors with an invaluable guide to the various glassmaking effects employed by manufacturers.

Follies and oddities in the world of bulb vases and indoor cultivation are also explored and show the many diverse ways in which bulb vases were put to use. Some are amusing, fanciful or ridiculous, and others are downright dangerous.

Finally, the author puts to bed the many misapprehensions that collectors may have about ‘bulb vases’; from candlesticks to hurricane lamps, many glass items have been assumed to be bulb vases – until now.

For further information visit Patricia's website

Loch, Heather & Peat: Domhnall O’Broin & Caithness Glass

Book Cover: Caithness Glass – Loch, Heather and Peat by Mark Hill
Caithness Glass – Loch, Heather and Peat by Mark Hill

This travelling exhibition was launched at Broadfield House Glass museum and celebrates the 50th anniversary of Caithness Glass. The main aim of the exhibition is to highlight the work of the company's first designer, Domhnall ÓBroin.

Domhnall's designs and colour ranges were inspired by the local landscape of the remote north of Scotland. The exhibition also features Caithness Glass ranges by later designers, including Colin Terris, Helen MacDonald, Alastair MacIntosh and Gordon Hendry. The exhibition features 270 exhibits and all of the glass is on loan from the Graham Cooley Collection.

After enjoying a great deal of success at Broadfield House Glass Museum, the exhibition has now moved on to the Perth Museum & Art Gallery, where it will be on show from 7 May until 1 October 2011.

Caithness Glass – Loch, Heather and Peat

The exhibition is accompanied by a 'bookalogue' written by celebrity antiques expert Mark Hill. 'Caithness Glass: Loch, Heather and Peat' features 200 specially commissioned full colour photographs, and is the first publication to bring together and examine the Scandinavian inspired designs produced by Caithness Glass in 1960s & 70s.

Details of all Mark’s books can be found at

20th Century British Glass by Charles R. Hajdamach

20th Century British Glass by Charles R. Hajdamach.
20th Century British Glass
by Charles R. Hajdamach

In addition to the vast array of glass available at our November 2009 glass fair, Charles Hajdamach was in attendance to promote the launch of what promises to be the most comprehensive guide to 20th century British glass.

The book covers everything from Art Nouveau and Art Deco
masterpieces through to engraved glass, cameo glass, paperweights and even the now much ignored Pyrex ovenware.

Chapters focus on the effects of both World Wars and there are special features looking at significant designers such as Keith Murray.

Major exhibitions, including The Festival of Britain (1951), are
fully discussed and biographical sections look at post-war designers,
including Geoffrey Baxter, Ronald Stennett-Willson and Frank

Armed with this book the beginner, the collector, the
museum curator, the designer and the social historian will have an
indispensable and complete guide to a fascinating period of British
glass making. Budding new collectors of 20th century glass will also find the book extremely helpful, as it will help them to easily spot important pieces of glass that might be found at antique fairs and in charity shops.

20th Century British Glass (ISBN: 1851495878 ) is illustrated with over 900 superb photographs, including previously unpublished catalogues and images from important public and private collections.

Charles' book is available for sale at Broadfield House Glass Museum, as well as various high street and online shops: RRP £49.50

You can also read more about Charles Hajdamach and his previous publications on his Website: