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GLASS FAIR @ KNEBWORTH
Glass aficionados and collectors will be gathering for the 4th time to Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, for the The Glass Fair @ Knebworth on Sunday 2 October 2016, the new home of the former Cambridge Glass Fair. The fair will be held in the Knebworth Barns, a complex in the grounds of Knebworth House, 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.
Artius Glass Mdina Glass sculpture by Michael Harris Mdina Glass Malta
Much effort goes into the organising of this very specialist event which takes place twice a year, with carefully curated exhibitions and more than 70 faithful exhibitors attend dealing across the board from period Georgian glass through to contemporary glass makers showing their own work. One regular exhibitor is Allister Malcolm who is currently the resident glass artist at the White House Cone, the fabulous new glass museum at Stourbridge which replaces Broadfield House.
Allister Malcolm The Daisy Range A floral design incorporating sterling silver leaf to enhance the petals giving them a delicate and yet tactile feel. Coloured glass applications then compliment the design with a lattice work of pin head bubbles trapped in the heart of the flowerhead. Available in a variety of colours and sizes.
The October 2016 exhibition promises to be fun: showcasing a selection of animal and other figurines from a private collection, it will be found in the annexe off Hall 1. Animal figures and sculptures of all types have been produced over the years by a wide variety of manufacturers and while this is not a comprehensive collection (which would prove difficult to accomplish) it brings together some very beautiful and interesting pieces.
Adamson Antiques Dated engraved and gilded DSOT wine glass C 1782. Item Ref: 250
Several of the exhibits hail from some of the great Murano factories with pieces by Seguso, Barbini, Barovier, Cenedese and Napoleone Martinuzzi while others are of Czech/Bohemian origin, by Loetz and Exbor in particular.
The exhibitor interview for The Glass Fair @ Knebworth October 2016 will be Vic Bamforth, an artist who has helped to bring the highly demanding graal technique into the 21st century. He combines hand-painting and glass blowing skills to create one-off internationally collected, sculptural works of art in glass. He is a regular exhibitor at the Cambridge Glass Fair and has kindly agreed to be interviewed for the website.
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.
Vic Bamforth -Atlantic Pilchards
For times and full exhibitor list see The Glass Fair @ Knebworth