Highlights of the 2012 Artists' Programme


Glass Heap Challenge

Challenge organiser, Matt Durran recognised that as we all know, there is a lot of waste glass out there and not much happening with it. Glass Heap Challenge UK was the first of many worldwide challenge events to find solutions to this global problem. The Glass Heap Challenge participants worked in teams, during the four day event, to up-cycle waste glass into a product, artwork or installation – either functional or non-functional.

Using waste glass supplied by waste management companies, and the glass industry these teams of artists, architects, technologists and designers worked towards finding ways to transform this waste glass - to show its potential and create new paths to lead us to a more sustainable future.

Visitors to the Festival were able to watch this work in progress, see the results emerge and then vote for their preferred outcome.

Crowdfunding Workshop

Crowdfunding is an innovative method of raising funds to birth all kinds of projects, including art. Workshop leader, Carrie Fertig raised over $25,000 through crowdfunding for Homing, a six metre pair of glass dove wings. "Wings for Chichester Cathedral" was voted the number one art campaign for 2011 on the IndieGoGo website. During the workshop Carrie explained the pros and cons of several crowdfunding websites and what you can do to make your campaign a success.

Contemporary Glass Society AGM

The annual meeting of the Contemporary Glass Society, organisers of the Glass Games 2012 festival, took place on the Saturday of the Public Festival. It was an opportunity for attendees to have their say about the day to day activities of this dynamic organisation. Visit www.cgs.org.uk for more information about the Contemporary Glass Society. 

Photography Workshop

Photographer, Simon Bruntnell, showed participants specialist techniques for photographing glass, including the equipment needed, lighting, digital shooting, outputting file types for magazines and the internet and basic retouching techniques. Simon gave a slide show talk on image usage, what magazines/publishers want and are looking for in a shot. Each participant was able to bring one item of glass which Simon photographed. The image was supplied for participants to use for publicity purposes. For more information about Simon Bruntnell visit www.northlightphotography.co.uk

Lecture Programme

There was a comprehensive lecture programme at Ruskin Glass Centre and other Festival venues. Below are some highlights and for the full lecture schedule click here

Lecture - Women and the history of Stourbridge glassmaking

Women have had a tradition of working in the glassmaking in Stourbridge – usually cutting, engraving and finishing the glass.  Dr Catherine Round presented a fascinating account of the different and changing role of women over the years in the factories and studios of Stourbridge.

Lecture - Stourbridge Glass at the Corning Museum

The Festival was privileged to welcome the late David Whitehouse to speak as part of the 2012 Artists' Programme. Originally from Worcestershire, David went on to become Senior Scholar at the Corning Museum of Glass, and delivered a fascinating insight into the influence of Stourbridge Glassmakers on the American glass scene.

Lecture - From Rome to Stourbridge

This was an afternoon of erudition featuring British Glass Foundation Trustee Charles Hajdamach, who was joined by Dr Paul Roberts of the British Museum. Dr Paul Roberts spoke on The Portland Vase and cameo glass from the ancient world. Charles complemented this with the story of Stourbridge cameo from 1845 to present. For more information about the British Glass Foundation visit www.britishglassfoundation.org.uk


In the lead up to the four day Public Festival the IFG ran a series of masterclasses with world renowned glassmakers. The masterclasses were for various levels of expertise. For details of the full masterclass programme click here.



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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