On this page we will be publishing our latest newsletter previously
sent out to collectors. Any items not marked as sold will still be available to purchase.
This month's newsletter highlights ~ Isle of Wight Studio Glass Update ~ Additions to Isle of Wight Glass Sale of
Stock ~ Change of Navigation on Artius Glass Webpages showing Isle of Wight Glass products
~ Change of email
address for Artius Glass ~ Forthcoming Sale of The Michael Harris
Book on Ebay
Hello Fellow Glass Enthusiasts & Members of
the now lapsed I.of W. Studio Glass Collectors Club!
There, it has happened, another news
letter at last and I bet you thought I was leaving the planet. But would I ?- no I love it all too much, and just like Noah
I intend to stay and do my bit to save our fragile existence!
So here is the next chapter of your bedtime reading(!??) or at least another
chance to view some of our 'pretty pictures'.
Below is news from the beloved place of my birth ~ The Isle of Wight ~ or, much to
our annoyance, as some still call it, the Isle of White!, especially when listing items on eBay. It is still like a
red rag to a bull to me and I can't resist advising the misinformed miscreants that it is a place - not
News from our 'Diamond
Island' (not to be confused with another glass maker, with a similar name, on the Island)
At last it has been confirmed that the new premises is signed and sealed, much to our
relief and that of Richard (new M.D. and Tim's uncle - brother to the great Michael) as he has borne the major brunt of
all that was required to re-establish this country's most prolific and innovative studio glass maker.
Anyway Tim has been working his fingers to the bone,
assisted, as time allows, by Uncle Richard and also with one of the loyal workers - Roger- (from the previous studio)
and who are now bringing an empty, but relatively, modern barn up to scratch to create a state of the
art studio glass production unit for posterity and everybody's joy and benefit. The furnaces have been transported in
bits to one of the country's only specialist furnace builders in Stourbridge to be rebuilt into one good updated
unit. However this is a lengthy task.
Further structural work is well under way after
all the hard graft of clearing out and transferring masses of cold working and polishing equipment into store
. This was done by Tim and other family members - bless them! All this is going to need moving back in and setting up
once the supply of services is complete. Still lots to do but it is getting there.
Hope that answers the questions on How is it...?? When will it......?? and What will
he,.....? etc. that we have been getting almost daily now for some months. We hope that more news, on exactly when, will be
forthcoming before long.
A Grand Opening 'do' is envisaged as well as the much loved Collectors Studio Day to follow. All good
have added a press release put out independently through a local PR company by the owners of the Arreton Craft Village
complex which will be the new home of the studio. It specifically refers to the new set up and will tell you
all we can deliver in news at this time.
I. of W. Studio Glass Relocation Stock Availability
on the Artius Glass Website
We are now in the process of adding a very substantial and interesting
new range of items from the old stock of the closed studio. Ann
will be adding an increasing amount shortly, over a period of a week or so. Please look in due course as it is going
to be quite a task. We have spent two or three days recently retrieving, sorting and photographing loads of items you
may find desirable - so the opportunity is special.
Change of Navigation facility on our website
On odd occasions we have had comments that those new to our website have not been able to easily navigate
all products available. As a result they have missed some of our available stock.
this is to advise that on the left hand navigation listing, our IoW Glass Products For Sale are
now listed on 'continuation pages'. In other words once you have opened the page marked 'IoW Glass Products
for Sale' you will be able to continue to ALL products by scrolling to the bottom of that page where you will find the
NEXT PAGE link to items from the IoW Studio Glass ranges.
'Other Glass Products' are as listed under that name in the navigation list.
Hope that may help some of the 'Newbies'. I am sure the rest of you will have no problems either. Let us
know what you think (ummmm... is that naïve of me or foolishly brave I wonder!?)
there is some good and some bad (or at least not so good) news.
Due to the unreliability of
our email provider TalkTalk, I was advised that a move to BT may be a better option. Well, not so, or at least not so far
anyway. I applied and took the option to keep my original email address. Shouldn't have been a problem? Well it B...y
well was !!! None of your providers are happy for you to change (no matter what) and fight tooth and nail to keep you on board,
by email, phone calls and any way they can. So I reckon the whole thing is a conspiracy as we have had the
most appalling ping pong between each provider and got nowhere in establishing the new address. Used help lines, technical
help, online live chats, engineer at the house and a good very savvy pal spending a very long day here tearing his hair
out on our behalf for the sum total of zilch! The chance is we may lose the lot. May have to go and plug in my
old electric typewriter. That’ll be a blast from the past!
So, the bottom line is that we may
have to completely change our email address so bear that in mind for contact. We will advise and post
on our website in good time we hope if, or when, it happens. It is not going to be easy but that is
the downside of modern technology I guess and yes, I can hear you non computerised hard copy recipients scoffing in a mildly superior manner. We know who you are of course !!!!.
The Book. ‘Michael Harris – Mdina Glass & Isle
of Wight Studio Glass’ by Mark Hill
Well known of course by all our ‘avid’s’ as being the definitive and only book on the subject
of the title. Sold out some while back now but avidly sought by some new to the subject.
We now have the last two from a small batch bought from
an independent source a year ago. They are fully signed by all (Mark, Liz Tim, and myself).
Anyway we have been asked to sell them by and to some members. To be fair to all we are
going to shortly put them on eBay as I would not know what price to ask considering what the last
copies, offered by Mark Hill, finally sold for. Keep an eye open for them if you want one.
Now for some
Woodland range was an interesting design developed by Tim which proved to be very complex and consequently time consuming
so as to be almost commercially unviable. The only way it would work was to price it accordingly. Although this was done,
the design did not seem to justify the price that the consumer was prepared to pay. They clearly would not understand how
much time and effort was needed to produce a design such as this. It ran from 1994-1996 before being withdrawn. Even more
short lived was this particular finish known as 'Walnut' and another called 'Willow Green'. These were only
in the range for the first year. Maybe a colour which is not flavour of the month but we are not talking 'fashion'
here we are talking rarity.
Description: Woodland Walnut
: Isle of Wight Studio Glass
Size: 11.5cm (4.25") high x 10cm (4") diam
Date: 1994 only
I.D. Marks: None
Condition : Excellent
Collectors Group disc @ 12.5% + free p&p ~ to members only)
the 'Elephant's Foot' shape, slightly non PC now as a description but it was then another age when the extreme
plight of those magnificent beasts was not recognised, sadly. However, represented in glass I guess it has a different connotation.
The shape was also a short lived gem in Aurene Blue and Aurene Gold. Issued in Autumn 1979 and withdrawn at the end of 1980
along with a large part of Mike's earliest finishes reminiscent of Mdina designs. Replaced in the main by his new award
winning, groundbreaking Azurene design. Now becoming extremely scarce as collectors buy and tuck away these early gems.
Description: Aurene 'Elwphants Foot' vase
Maker : Isle of Wight
Size: 7cm (2.75") high x 13cm (5")
Date: Autumn 1979/1980 only
I.D. Marks: Flame logo pontil mark
Condition : Excellent
(Less Privileged Collectors Group
disc @ 12.5% + free p&p ~ to members only)
again another seriously rare gem of the same shape but bigger than the Ribbons bowl offered in our last email. Again, a very
time consuming design and very desirable as a part of a serious IOWSG collection. Yes, again, it should be in our collection, and,
as with the Ribbons bowl last time, if it had been signed by Michael, it would have been. This was an expensive range
due to the fact that the surface design meant Tim had to make a full 3 dimensional glass Iris which was then added to the
surface of the body of the vase and slowly worked in until more or less flush to create the finished design.
Description: Iridaceae Bowl / Vase (The Iris)
: Isle of Wight Studio Glass
Size: 17cm (7") high x 14cm (5.5")
Date: 1983 - 85
I.D. Marks: None
Condition : Excellent
Privileged Collectors Group disc @ 12.5% + free p&p ~ to members only)
As ever, our very
Ron & Ann
Finally - as usual -
please make contact by any of the following ~
Phone or text :
07860 822666 mobile (best method) or 01458 443694 land line(includes messaging service).
n.b. The Artius Glass Newsletters are only sent to individuals on a subscriber request basis.
Should you wish to be removed from our list please send an email with the word 'UNSUBSCRIBE'
in the 'Subject' line and we will remove your name from any future mailings.
however, you would like anyone you know to also receive them please advise us of their email address or add it to the live
window on the 'Home Page' of the website
The contents of this letter
are subject to International Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights of Artius Glass. They must not be reproduced without
the express permission of the authors
(c) Artius Glass