Bruntnell-Astley Contemporary Glass Gallery

Charles R. Hajdamach: Foreword to the Bruntnell-Astley Contemporary Glass Gallery



Based in Stourbridge, the world-famous glassmaking heartland of Great Britain, this major new Internet glass gallery features a selection of the finest names in contemporary British studio glass.

The artists span every decade over the past forty years and illustrate glassmaking techniques as varied as cameo, sand-casting and centrifuge glass. Keith Cummings, Keith Brocklehurst and Stuart Garfoot represent the ‘grand old men’ of British glass while Helen Millard has also established her reputation on the international stage. The younger generation of glass artists, or those who have just come to glass, is very ably represented by Laura Birdsall, Fiaz Elson, George Jackson, Joanna Manousis.

Their work has graced some of the finest galleries around the world and has been acquired by the top glass museums in Europe and America. Between them they have been honoured with enough awards and prizes to form their own ‘Who’s Who’. In the future glass historians will view them on a par with the ‘greats’ of British and Stourbridge glass including John Northwood I, George Woodall and Frederick Carder.

Today they are the international ambassadors of British studio glass producing inspirational works of art in glass which rank with the best in the world. With the launch of the Bruntnell Astley Contemporary Glass Gallery private collectors and public museums alike now have a valuable new arena to view and collect a vital part of that creative glass genius.

Charles R. Hajdamach
International Lecturer, Author and Historian.


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