This month's newsletter highlights :
Richard Golding Retirement Celebration
~ Timothy Harris Isle
of Wight Glass Royal Commission
Hello Artius Glass & I.o.W. Studio Glass Enthusiasts!
Well, another end to the strangest of years - but I guess we have come to expect
that. Entertaining, whilst concerning, for all kinds of unfathomable reasons. Still, keeps us on our toes I guess waiting
for the next all consuming, news dominating, feature length saga.
For my part, now that 'Strictly' and 'The
Apprentice' has finished , except for Christmas with the family, it is all a bit of an anti-climax - Sad innit!
At The Studio
(Isle of Wight Glass that is)
Last letter I hinted at a Royal commission for Tim and it has transpired. It was
in fact a gift for Prince Charles' 70th birthday commissioned via a Q.U.E.S.T. member (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust of which Tim is a nominated associate)
and Johnny Walker Whiskey for a set of hand made Whiskey tumblers to celebrate the event.
Just goes to show once again the high
esteem in which Tim is held for his world beating glass making skills albeit that this commission wouldn't stretch his
wonderful glass making skills one iota. All presented in a specially made presentation gift box I understand. Sadly we do
not have an image for you. But don't take our word for it, give the recipient a ring and ask for an image to be emailed.
Good luck with ~ that but let me know if you succeed!
End of an Era
As many of you will already know my
first move into freelance marketing was via a world beating very special art glass called Okra Glass produced by the superb
talents of one Richard Golding. Well after many and various changes, which culminated as Richard Golding @ Station Glass,
he has, after 40 plus years, finally put away his blowing irons and retired. We went to his last small open day do at his
Studio in Leicestershire last week in fact.
Thank you for all those years of pleasure your skills have given us. I am proud
and privileged to have been part of your journey in your early years.
I wouldn't have had the wonderful career I
enjoyed without you.
As we probably also all know, and certainly
those with a similar passion for 'Art' or Studio Glass, his contribution has been immense from the adoption of techniques
set in place by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Loetz, Quetzal, Palme Koenig and a handful of others at the turn of the 19th and 20th Century, we had not seen the like of his skills
in surface decorated iridescent finishes at any other time than when he started down this road at around the end of the seventies.
Incidentally he was also a peer of Tim's at Stourbridge College where they both effectively started their journey, loosely,
He now intends to follow another of his highly skilful passions of making violins! Talk about
'and now for something completely different'!
Now for Some Pretty Pictures!
Reverse and side showing embossed 'flame logo.
The technique required to create
this vase is certainly THE most time consuming that has ever been employed by Timothy Harris. It highlights the extremes
he will go to in the pursuit of ensuring that his 'best work will be done tomorrow'. Thus endorsing the work ethic
put in place by his iconic father, Michael.
The total preparation time for EACH piece made in this 'reverse
cameo' process covers 3 full days to complete which starts by creating a clay mould for the pattern as well as the making
of hot glass and then the painstaking and labour intensive cold finishing after.
The whole process is covered
in a wonderful video shown on the Studio website and is well worth watching. It simply gives you an idea of what goes in to
making something as special as this.
The background guitar music, out of interest, is a piece played by the M.D
and Tim's uncle Richard Harris.
The price is no reflection of the total value in time alone as well as the
fact that it uses a reverse cameo process seldom, if ever, seen.
The process proved so time consuming in fact that
it has never been repeated. A collectors 'gem'
Description: Barocco Collectors Open day 2015 'TRIAL' vase
Maker : Timothy Harris IoW Studio Glass
Size: 12.5cm(5”)high x 8cm (3.25“) wide x 5.5(2.25”)deep
Date: 2015 Studio Collectors Day only
Marks: Timothy Harris Glass 2015 TRIAL
Condition : New
A special promotional aid for good IoW.S.G. retailers
supplied with reasonable trade orders or via the agents as a 'gift'. I can only recall less than 50 being produced
but cannot be sure of that as records were never kept. However the nice part is that they were avidly sought after and still
are. The one I have is regularly coveted and asked to be bought but I have resisted as it is the only one I have from my original
samples and so is not for sale (no matter how often you pester me!!). They are very desirable as they were made using the
same process as the iconic 'Nightscape' design, in essence, with silver on cobalt blue glass. A match made in heaven
( well at the Studio In St.Lawrence actually, for Richard Dawkins disciples!)
I.of W. Retailer Special Advertising Promotional
: IoW Studio Glass
square x 4cm (1.5“) deep
Mdina ZigZag Trailed Attenuated Bottle
vase in Amethyst & Blue
With the passage of time this one item is now proving to be probably the rarest (yes 'Rarest'
and I do not ,unlike Ebay sellers, use that description lightly) of all the special Michael Harris pieces – and that
includes the most prestigious 'Crizzle Stone vase.
This is clearly his trial piece also as it does
not have the button top but confirmed by Tim as a hot finished top at the time of making. Unlike the only other two we have
seen which had the flared 'button' flange top.
In my 40 years I have now only come across 3 in total (one
of which I sold to one of our avid early M.H. Era Mdina collectors. So if you want something special which I feel I can confidentially
say you may never come across again, this is it.
The provenance ensuring its place in the great scheme of things is that it is not only signed by Michael but
he also dated it. A VERY unusual feature and all the assurance you could need.
For fully signed up members of our A.G pcg members
I am willing to sell this on a 'pay as you can' basis. It is one of your benefits of membership. NO interest!. Can
you afford to miss out? After all dear Mike is not going to come back and make and, more importantly, sign any more is he?
If no-one invests in this gem it goes in to my own
special collection and may never be seen again until I croak and fall off my branch. Could be tomorrow or......well who knows?!
Trailed Attenuated Bottle vase
Michael Harris at Mdina Glass, Malta.
tall x 8cm (3.25“) diam.
Signed 'Michael Harris'. Mdina Glass, Malta. 1969
Price: £1950.00 ( p.c.g. members disc. Free p&p)
A colour finish that never went into production but clearly either trialled for evaluation,
not adopted, and then sold on. Standard size of the larger globe perfume bottles of that time but an unusual combination of
colours. Very attractive in my opinion but as with all these things, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But what's
not to like?? (Good price too for a large size)
Globe shaped perfume bottle
Maker : I.o.W.
high x 8cm (3.5“) diam
Black triangle sticker'78~'90'ish
Condition : Excellent
That's All Folks!!
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