I'm honoured to be selected for “CGS at 25: Past, Present, the Future” Exhibition:
Contemporary Glass Society: “CGS at 25: Past, Present, the Future.”
Exhibition at the Stourbridge Glass Museum – 23rd July to 30th October 2022
What a spectacular year 2022 is for the Contemporary Glass Society! From humble beginnings 25 years ago, it has developed over the years into a thriving and proactive society supporting a membership of over 1,100 British and international contemporary glass artists. To celebrate our quarter century representing and promoting contemporary glass, we are delighted to be showcasing a special celebratory three month long exhibition entitled, “CGS at 25: Past, Present, the Future”, hosted by the new Stourbridge Glass Museum.
The last 25 years have seen dramatic changes and advances - political, technological, environmental, and social. This exhibition tells the history of both CGS and the world which is reflected by glass artwork covering a range of techniques selected from the past 25 years from 25 of the United Kingdom’s greatest glass artists.
Artists represented in the exhibition include founding members of the Contemporary Glass Society such as Peter Layton of London Glassblowing fame, the legendary Keith Cummings - who has taken kiln formed glass to new heights; renowned casters David Reekie and Colin Reid, artist and musician Alison Kinnaird MBE along with Catherine Hough, Sally Fawkes and the beautifully engraved work of Katharine Coleman MBE.
This roll call of excellence continues with the unique technical skills of Anthony Scala, Gilles Jones’ sumptuous bowls, the lost wax technique used by Angela Jarman plus Max Jacquard and Bruno Romanelli. Artists from the middle period feature - Cathryn Shilling, the lampworking of Ayako Tani, the story telling of James Maskrey and Jo Mitchell. In addition, there are Nancy Sutcliffe’s exquisite engravings, the collaboration of techniques used by Nina Casson McGarva plus Frans Wesselman, Jeff Zimmer and Keiko Mukaide. Finally there are the emerging stars of the future – the pâte de verre of Joshua Kerley, Elliot Walker - winner of Netflix’s “Blown Away” and Chris Day – winner of the commission sponsored by CGS and Stourbridge Museum. Finally we introduce our graduate winner for 2021 - Erica Poyser as a clarion call for the next generation of contemporary glass artists.
The exhibition demonstrates the development of contemporary glass processes and concepts and provides an insight into the future with work from emerging contemporary glass artists. The exhibition reveals a diverse range of glass making process including: blown and cast glass; engraved and stained glass; pate de verre; digitally cut and designed glass; lampworking and kiln formed glass.
This cornucopia of glass delights reflects the dynamism and sheer talent of contemporary glass in this country which has blossomed over the last 25 years. “CGS at 25: Past, Present, the Future” marks a seminal moment in the creative history of the United Kingdom and is not to be missed!
For further information and more high-resolution photos please contact
Pam Reekie, Membership and Fundraising Administrator
Contemporary Glass Society (CGS)
Tel + 44 (0)1379741120
The CGS is the UK’s foremost organisation for supporting established artists, for supporting up-and-coming makers and for promoting contemporary glass in the wider art world.
Stourbridge Glass museum www.stourbridgeglassmuseum.org.uk tel. 01384 900447