5,000 Years of Glass Study Day. 10am – 4pm.
5,000 Years of Glass comprises three lectures
plus an appraisal of members’ own glass, with appropriate
breaks for refreshments and lunch. Employing his
distinctively light, humorous and spontaneous approach,
Andy guides participants though the three Ages of Glass
though an all-digital presentation.
Guests are encouraged to handle numerous examples from his
30,000-piece collection, many of which are passed amongst
those attending at relevant points during the talks.
Members are positively encouraged bring along their own
glass possessions for discussion and appraisal at the
end of the day.
Oil Lamp depicting a Roman glass furnace
Introduction [approx 90 minutes]
A: Intro about Andy [journalism, Antiques
B: The Dawn of Glass, how it was first made in the Middle
C: The discovery of glass-blowing, c50BC.
D: The spread of glass from the Middle East to Venice,
c1400, then on to Britain.
& Victorian Glass [75 mins]:
This session examines the growth of fine glassmaking across
Europe, but most specifically in Britain, between
1-1.15 to 2pm. Lunch
Glass [60 minutes]:
The 20th century witnessed the greatest transformation in
the role of decorative glass since it was first formed
5,000 years ago. Historically, glassware had been the
preserve of the wealthy but industrialisation, improving
technologies and the enrichment of the working classes
combined a point where it was given away free at petrol
filling stations. This talk examines the emergence of new
but significant glassmaking nations and the stylistic
development of what was known as ‘fancy glass’ over the
course of the 20th century.
Appraisal of pieces brought along by guests
The day usually finishes around 3.45pm, depending on how
many pieces are brought in by members.