Andy Spouting Forth Andy McConnell is one of Britain’s leading authorities on glassware of all types, and his books have covered the subject from 1650 to the present. He is the first glass specialist recruited to BBC TV’s Antiques Roadshow, for which he has now recorded five series. He lectures widely on glass and has written for journals as diverse as The Times, Country Life, BBC Homes & Antiques and Glass Circle News.


His 550-page opus, The Decanter, An Illustrated History of Glass from 1650, covers the ‘antique period’, whilst the research for his new, best-selling 20th Century Glass led him on a voyage of discovery across Europe. This quest, involving visits to glassworks in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic and Venice, has resulted in his richly illustrated new book, 20th Century Glass.

Andy is a witty, spontaneous speaker who is delighted to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject with the audience on the day. He says that his mission is to engage, entertain and educate. He has never delivered the same talk twice, doesn’t work from notes and rearranges his slides for every talk. ‘I am serious about my subject, but a lecturer’s primarily responsibility is to take the audience with him. By the end of a talk, nobody should be left regretting their decision to abandon a comfy fireside armchair for a hard seat in a hall’.

Andy owns around 25,000 pieces of glass and 20,000 glass-related images. He has 15 prepared talks and willing to create new ones directed towards specific locations, events or themes. He also welcomes Study Day groups of up to 50 to Glass Etc, at Rye, East Sussex, the site of his shop/exhibition complex.