International Festival of Glass
Categories: Exhibitions , Design Factory Member News

Since its inception in 2004 the Festival's aim has been to celebrate and showcase the skill and innovation of the glass industry and makers, both historic and contemporary, local and international. This year we sought examples of how glass has been a positive influence in our lives and came across some fantastic projects we wanted to share with you.

The inspirational Hot Shop Heroes programme in Tacoma, US has been supporting some of America's wounded soldiers by teaching them to blow glass. Project Leader Patricia Davidson is joining us to share her experience and to help launch a new programme for UK veterans at the Ruskin Glass Centre. We welcome the last glass eyemaker in the UK and show how glassmaking can have a profound effect on young people with autism at Glasshouse College.

The British Glass Biennale
The British Glass Biennale is the UK's leading exhibition of excellence in contemporary glass by British artists, designers and craftspeople. It is the flagship show within the International Festival of Glass. With an expert jury and an open call to artists, the British Glass Biennale is one of the most significant statements of national glass talent. The emphasis is on new work demonstrating the highest level of excellence in design, creative imagination and technical skill. All work is available for purchase and attracts collectors, galleries and museums from around the world.

The 2017 exhibition features work by 63 contemporary artists, including British makers living and working abroad for the first time. Since its inception in 2004 the Biennale has awarded £100,000 worth of prizes to artists. This year we are proud to be presenting prizes in collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, London Glassblowing, The Glass Association, craft&design magazine, Warm Glass and The National Glass Centre; with a special prize for young collectors sponsored by Mark Holford.

Design Factory members exhibiting:
Flying Cheese Toastie - Rachel Elliot
Clare Wilson

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