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December 2016
This month's newsletter highlights :  
 Report on Isle of Wight Studio Glass Open Day November 2016    ~   Peter Layton
Distinguished Guest  Speaker    ~    Timothy Harris Special Day Piece Unveiled




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


The IoWSG 'Collectors Studio Day' 27th Nov.

A report on our special annual day for signed up members to Artius Glass privileged collectors group & I. of W. Studio Glass collectors group.

As usual the day started out with a manageable and enthusiastic group of our keenest 'avids'.

After the introduction and welcome by our M.D. Richard Harris, and as you will have seen in the last two newsletters,our Glass maker Guest of Honour was none other than the now iconic Peter Layton of London Glassblowing. I had the honour of starting proceedings by introducing Peter to the first session which was a presentation by Peter of his 'journey in glass' from his earliest years up to date. A fascinating who's who of those from the embryonic years of the British Studio Glass making industry from the days of Sam Herman and Michael Harris. All of whom were intrinsically entwined in this very subsequent special art form. This was a very special chance to see and hear from the 'last of the first'. We will not witness the like of this again bearing in mind that Peter is now in his eightieth year.

After refreshment our intention was to continue an interview style Q & A by me with Peter but so much had already been covered that it simply became a honed down version with additional Q&A from the floor. All good stuff nonetheless. We were all grateful for his presence as he is still a very busy man in his highly successful studio.


Next the important highlight of the day, the making of the special 'Day Piece' by Tim. This as you may know is only available to those members there on the day and so whatever Tim comes up with can only be termed as more than scarce, and approaching rarity status although we hesitate to use that description. In the fullness of time it could become so.

Again I was given the honour of doing a running commentary as Tim progressed the making process aided by Claire as Tim's chief assistant and Roger aiding what was clearly going to be a very complicated and special piece.

The chosen design was that of Tim's with input from Liz for a finished piece called Auctumnus Arbor (latin for Autumn Trees). The finished items will be made in three sizes.

Tim has voiced the suggestion that in the future some pieces may be made following the seasons in a similarly complex process. This is special in that it shows a three dimensional design unusual in free blown and formed Studio Glass. But this series has not been finalised. We'll let you know!



IoW Studio Glass Collectors day Oct. 2016

Timothy Harris Special Trial No4. Autumnus Arbor vase

Dimensions: 19cm (7.5”)high x 15cm (6”) diameter.

Note: This trial is not currently for sale. (it's MINE !!)

Out of interest sales on the day were 2 x large, 5 x med., 10 x small.

The following link is interesting in that the design Tim decided on is in keeping with a national campaign of British Tree awareness.


The afternoon continued with the usual mix of browsing/ buying/indulging in the day piece trials (what an opportunity - which will be amended somewhat for future Studio Days, I hasten to add, so that it is fairer to all) Our old friend William Walker ( yes he is not a 'lad' any more!) continued making and entertaining at the furnace. The day was rounded off with Anton Doroszenko giving a 'talk around, walk around' of all his fabulous items in the


Museum. An opportunity not to be be missed if you want to see some iconic 'Harris Dynasty pieces going right back to the beginning of that 'journey'.

We are also so grateful to Anton for allowing us to use part of his facilities upstairs as a lecture and presentation room for the day.

It would be very remiss of me not to thank all those involved as well as the magnificent catering supplied by Roger's mother, Joan, of hors d'oeuvre par excellence.

And so ended happily, for most I trust, another very special day in the new era and life of this country's most prolific and innovative glass studio at Isle of Wight Studio Glass Ltd.

I was, as always, happy to be a part of it and look forward to the next.


And now for some Pretty Pictures




What more can we say about this staggeringly beautiful design. Except perhaps to retell the concept behind the creation of it for those who have not been with us long enough to hear me repeat it 'ad nauseum' so it will be new to some.

It is the follow on 'sister' range to the well known 'Seascape'. But this was designed solely by Michael (Harris of course) with no other input from the family who mostly were always involved in the concepts, or the finer points.

Michael came up with this it is said after walking the cliff top late one evening just below the original studio at St. Lawrence I.of W. A summer storm during the day had passed but a starlit summer night followed shining down on a brooding, dark, rolling sea. What else would you need to know.

Except that when it was first presented at the International Spring Gift Fair at NEC Birmingham in 1988 I walked on the stand to do my tour of duty for the fair and was literally stopped in my tracks when I spotted the wonderful display set out by Liz as usual. After a very uncharacteristic few moments of me being dumbstruck Mike got up and come over to me and said ' so you like it then?. I replied 'how did you guess?. To which he replied ' because I have never seen you speechless before!'. You don't forget those moments in life!

So enduring that it has run without a break until this day.

Description: 'Nightscape' Globe Vase

Maker : Tim Harris

Size: 13.5cm(5.25””)high x 12.5cm(5“)diam.

Date: 2012

I.D. Marks: Gold square sticker 'The Original'

Condition : Excellent

Price: SOLD (less pcg disc. + Free p&p)




Description: 'Nightscape' paperweight (and see above)

Maker : Tim Harris

Size: 7.5cm(3”)high x 7.5cm(3”)diam.

Date: 1988

I.D. Marks: Black Triangle sticker

Condition : Excellent

Price: £115.00 (less pcg disc. + Free p&p)






One of Tim's perennially popular designs and uniquely his. Made in the year of the Studio's 30 anniversary year of 2003 with a special sticker to commemorate it. Very accomplished in that the flower is made as a complete item and laid upside down on the hot table (marver) and kept hot while the body of the vase is partially blown having 22ct gold and fine canes also added. The partially blown vase is then lowered on to the flower to pick it up. There is a risk involved in this process as thermal shock can cause the piece to crack. The flower is then worked into the surface after reheating (several times in fact) and another is worked in to the other side also. The foot is added after blowing out to the finished shape. Then the usual transfer to the bridging iron to finish the top rim with a 'lip strap' in the desired colour – pink in this case.

A very time consuming and desirable piece which seems to have universal appeal – and why wouldn't it ??!

Description: 'Flower Vase' globe vase

Maker : Timothy Harris at I.o.W. Studio Glass

Size: 16.6 cm(6.5”)high x 17cm(6.75“)diam.

Date: 2003 I.D.

Marks: 30 year anniversary gold sticker

Condition : Excellent

Price: SOLD (less pcg disc. + Free p&p)







One of those strange but scarce beasts designed and made by Claire Rainbow at the Studio in the early eighties. Several other shapes were made but did not prove popular at the time and so are hard to come by today.

Good for those wanting to complete their collection to include something of a scarce nature. Originally in colourways 'Ice & 'Plum' this is an oddity but confirmed by Tim Harris as of her making. Claire, I believe, eventually ran a glass studio at the Maritime museum in the complex of craft makers at Exeter docks.

Description: 'Orchid' platter dish

Maker : Claire Rainbow at I.o.W. Studio Glass

Size: 14cm(9.5”)high x 6cm(2.25“)diam.

Date: 1981/82 I.D.

Marks: None

Condition : Excellent

Price: SOLD (less pcg disc. + Free p&p)

 And Finally – the serious consequences of Post Brexit


Please be advised that all employees planning to dash through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh, going over the fields and laughing all the way are required to undergo a Risk Assessment addressing the safety of open sleighs. This assessment must also consider whether it is appropriate to use only one horse for such a venture, particularly where there are multiple passengers. Please note that permission must also be obtained in writing from landowners before their fields may be entered. To avoid offending those not participating in celebrations, we request that laughter is moderate only and not loud enough to be considered a noise nuisance.
Benches, stools and orthopaedic chairs are now available for collection by any shepherds planning or required to watch their flocks at night.
While provision has also been made for remote monitoring of flocks by CCTV cameras from a centrally heated shepherd observation hut, all facility users are reminded that an emergency response plan must be submitted to account for known risks to the flocks. The angel of the Lord is additionally reminded that prior to shining his/her glory all around s/he must confirm that all shepherds are wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment to account for the harmful effects of UVA, UVB and the overwhelming effects of Glory.
Following last year’s well publicised case, everyone is advised that EC legislation prohibits any comment with regard to the redness of any part of Mr. R. Reindeer. Further to this, exclusion of Mr. R Reindeer from reindeer games will be considered discriminatory and disciplinary action will be taken against those found guilty of this offence.
While it is acknowledged that gift-bearing is commonly practised in various parts of the world, everyone is reminded that the bearing of gifts is subject to Hospitality Guidelines and all gifts must be registered. This applies regardless of the individual, even royal personages. It is particularly noted that direct gifts of currency or gold are specifically precluded under provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Further, caution is advised regarding other common gifts, such as aromatic resins that may initiate allergic reactions.
Finally, in the recent case of the infant found tucked up in a manger without any crib for a bed, Social Services have been advised and will be arriving shortly.
Compliance of these guidelines is advised in order for you to fully participate with the festive spirit.


As ever, our very best regards +

A Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year,

Ron and Ann

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