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Early April 2016
This month's newsletter highlights :  
                                               ~     Opening of the Isle of Wight Museum of Glass    ~


Hello Artius Glass & I.o.W. Studio Glass Enthusiasts!

Grand 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 it on.


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!

The 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.

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