This month's newsletter highlights :
~ Opening of the Isle of Wight Museum of Glass ~
Hello Artius Glass & I.o.W. Studio Glass Enthusiasts!
Opening of Isle of Wight Glass Museum
Where were you all?? Whilst we were
delighted to welcome a pretty fair smattering it would have been nice to see more at this ground breaking event.
However we needn't complain, apart from all else it was a manageable crowd and wonderfully well organised by
'The Team' under Anton Doroszenko's expert guidance. Make a note of the name, mental or otherwise as he is now
a very important part of the whole set up which now really comprises I.of W. Studio Glass, Artius Glass and Isle of Wight
Glass Museum. I like to consider that we are now all one brethren as independent parts under a single banner so, 'United
We Stand' as a great man once said. (Now who was that??)
The day started as one would expect
with well chosen words from Anton who was introduced by Richard Harris then the obligatory tape cutting by Tim Harris and
Michael Rayner (a man who had a long and illustrious career with studio glass. He ultimately set up his own studio on the
Island in 1972 for those who are not aware of him) but is better known as the original owner of Alum Bay Glass before selling
The day continued with the assembled attendees billing and cooing over the fabulous and almost self presenting displayed
collection of over 1000 pieces of studio glass all more or less chronologically shown though the display cabinets. The upstairs
floor also contains some of Anton's great collection of 'other' glass' mainly art deco from Lalique down.
Mouthwatering stuff! Even more mouthwatering stuff was the extensive buffet lunch intended for at least twice as many as
those who indulged as far as I could tell ~ I wasn't arguing though!
day continued with more talks from guest speakers, firstly Mark Hill doing what he does so well of course (historic significance
of the studio's history etc).
Then Michael Rayner recounting his commercial journey in glass.
Tim on his journey from his intro
to glassmaking as a keen ~ 'can
I play with all that fire and stuff, Dad!' ~ youngster,
and me on the the significance of
the marketing side helping to establish the studio in the retail sector here and at the fairs abroad.
Finishing off with Anton introducing
his new staff members Bernadette and Tina then again reinforcing the value of the facility, and quite rightly too. We owe
him an immense debt of gratitude for his diligent and extensive collection now on show.
Needless to say a great day was
had by all.
Now for some pretty pictures!
And 'WoW! Love it or hate it (aka 'Marmite factor) isn't this
about as good as it gets? I used to have a very ambivalent, strange reaction to this now iconic design of Michael's
but got to really like them over the years. Even more so now as it is one of his designs which I have never owned for my
collection and they are now so scarce that I really feel that if it does not sell that is exactly where it is going (Ann
doesn't know it yet so there is going to be some intense negotiating taking place
when she does!). A small point but as neat a signature by Mike as I have ever seen so if you want to forge it this is the
example to copy. You will have to get it past me though. Anyone up for the challenge?
Description: Mdina Craggy Stemmed Chalice.
Maker :Michael Harris at Mdina Glass
Size: 8"(20.5cm) high x 5.5"(14cm) diam.
I.D. Marks :Signed to base~'Michael Harris,
Mdina Glass, Malta' in Michael's hand.
Timothy Harris @ I. of W. Studio Glass Special Commission by one of the Studio’s prestigious retail customer’s.
the process for these pieces is amongst the top echelon of the glass makers art and is known as 'Incalmo'. Best
known as perfected by Venician glass makers in 'half tin past bucket'(?) century. Effectively two separately blown
vessels produced individually then calibrated to the same diameter and separately decorated while hot then sheared and joined
before finishing as one piece. In this case though, Tim has doused the first lower section to create a 'crizzled' effect then
joined and after annealing has finally cameo carved the top section with a unique design by Guy Thornton based on one of
his many special commissions to Tim of Shakespeare themed design. The top section has 3 separate panels from Shakespeare's
Midsummer Night's Dream of 'Oberon & Titania'
Description: Crizzled base. Cameo of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream 'Oberon & Titania'
top section. Incalmo connected‘
Maker :Timothy Harris Special at Isle of Wight Studio Glass
I.D. Marks : Square gold Sticker
Condition : New
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