There is an exciting and diverse range of demonstrations featuring many different techniques and artists taking place over the Festival and across the Stourbridge Glass Quarter. A full schedule will be available from Information Points during the Festival or available to download from the website shortly before.
Highlights will include:
Glassblowing Richard Marquis - USA
Glassblowing Fritz Dreisbach - USA
Flameworking Bandhu Scott Dunham - USA
Lampworking and Marble making Diana East and Sean Taylor - UK
Engraving Alison Kinnaird - UK
Venetian techniques Ian Hankey - UK
Hot casting John Lewis - USA
Al fresco Glassblowing – come and talent spot the glassblowers of the future - teams of glass students from around the country will put on a continuous display of glassblowing on mini-furnaces located under canvas in the carpark of the Ruskin Glass Centre. Students’ work will be for sale. More information for students wanting to take part in Al fresco Glassblowing here.
Julie Coakley is a totally blind artist specialising in glass. She has developed a unique way of creating 3D glass sculptural drawings containing over 1000 individual elements of glass. The glass is preworked by hand before fusing and casting. Julie uses memory, imagination as well as electronic gadgets such as colour readers to assist in her work. Julie will be demonstrating her preworking techniques at regular intervals on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August at the Ruskin Glass Centre. For some background information about Julie http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/jul/28/familyandrelationships.healthandwellbeing