Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 May

The Public Festival is at the centre of the International Festival of Glass programme, bringing together glass makers and enthusiasts from all over the world and introducing glass to a public audience.

The Festival takes place in venues  across the historic Stourbridge Glass Quarter, exploring and celebrating all aspects of glassmaking; old and new.

The EXHIBITION programme is an eclectic and inspiring mix of contemporary glass art, created by both established artists and students and is complemented by a series of DEMONSTRATIONS by many of the exhibiting artists, from the UK and overseas.

The Glass Quarter remains a creative hub to this day, supporting a thriving community of local glass and craft artists. Festival goers will be able to watch artists at work in their OPEN STUDIOS at Ruskin Glass Centre, Red House Glass Cone and Broadfield House Glass Museum.

It wouldn’t be a Festival without the opportunity to indulge in some RETAIL therapy. The Bead Fair makes a welcome return and there are a number of selling exhibitions at this year’s event.

Through the LECTURE and HERITAGE programme visitors will be able to explore and the past, present and future of glass making through a series of entertaining and information walks, tours and lectures.

Children of all ages are mesmerised by the magical process of hot glass making. The Glass Festival not only has plenty of opportunities to watch glass makers in action, but there are lots of great hands-on FAMILY ACTIVITIES to have a go at. There are lots of opportunities for grown-ups to learn or develop their glass making skills too, with the programme of WORKSHOPS AND TASTER SESSIONS on offer.

Download the 2015 Festival Programme and book tickets online now!

Festival daily highlights

Four day Festival timetable - a summary

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Photos courtesy of S Bruntnell, P Dutton, C Day, K Brocklehurst, J Christley, M Holm, M Durran, P Wood, J Plant, J Smith, Glass Genie, KT Yun, D McNeill, J Coakley,  J Elliott, S Snaddon, I Dury.
J Low, J Newman, V Bamforth, N Baker.
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