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 ~ Some
plans for a
Grand Opening Ceremony ~ Benefits of being a Collectors Club
Seasonal 20% off offer
Glass and IoW Studio Glass members!
It has been an age! So to set the tone with one of my favourite wicked
expressions, as always I like to ‘start the day with a smile and get it over with!’
Almost makes you want to run out and get some goats. Apologies about the Americanism for ‘Christmas’ (Holidays???!Ah
Now, Update on IoW Studio Glass
The light at the end of the tunnel! After
almost a year of blood, sweat, toil and tears the new state of the art Studio is almost ready. In fact one important half
the retail section IS ready and the first callers have arrived and treated themselves.
Just in case you think we have overlooked
you, our most important customers and avids, what has been completed is only the shop section. This has been stocked with
the remainder of items which were stored in a large barn. It is pretty much what is on the website at http://www.artiusglass.co.uk/id53.html
Ann has kept it updated from images we have recently taken in the new shop so if
you haven’t looked recently now is the time. Some nice little Christmas lines are shown which we can still send in time
for the big event!
The bare bones but it is working! More to follow
Retail (main part) section only. Upstairs and studio to follow
We are still awaiting delivery of the furnace and cold
working equipment but we are on a delivery promise of ‘any day now’. Tim and Roger (our stalwart ‘man about
the house’) will then need to install, sort out any glitches (the inevitable!) connect up the services (gas & electricity)
have it all inspected, charge and fire up. Not before time either as it is getting more than a little parky in that small
hanger sized unit! Simple as that!!!?**!
Anyway a guesstimate is still on
for early in the New Year which is not a lifetime away now.
In the meantime
here are some images to show the general look.
In addition our new leader,
Richard (Harris), has just written and will circulate his personal update newsletter which will follow by post shortly with
an additional little amusing enclosure. Nice touch !!
Brief resume of general plans.
all is up and running (sometime in the early New Year) we plan to have a grand opening weekend which will include some dignitaries
or a personality and all the usual trumpets, bells and tape-cutting. There will be a press photo opportunity razzmatazz plus
perhaps a promotional sales part to the weekend (2nd day) included. No plans yet finalised but we will advise when they are.
Then, most importantly, for our Collectors Club fully paid up members, the much loved ‘Collectors
Studio Day’ towards the Spring. This will naturally include our usual ‘under wraps’ VERY special ‘Studio
Day piece’ designed and made by Tim on the day plus another ‘Launch Special’ for delivery as requested at
any date you wish during the year but still qualified for by paid up membership only.
for fully paid up club members
Now you may have gathered from the
foregoing hints that there is a qualification to attendance at our events. I therefore must explain that the problem with
the liquidation period meant that all the original IoW.S.G computers had to go. With them of course went the up to date records
of Collectors Club membership details. Luckily, we did manage to recover some details in what we must assume is an out
of date membership list showing details of paid up membership.
So, as you
know, many of you have still been receiving newsletters but also as we explained on a previous letter, only basic benefits
were applied to the membership. Those who transferred to the Artius Glass p.c.g. membership by paying the relevant subs obviously
have gained full benefit status (discounts, invitations, free postage etc.)
after the passing of almost 12 months we have to assume that those who did not transfer are no longer full members*
and so the full benefits no longer apply. We are quite happy to keep you on the basic club listing but added benefits no longer
apply I’m afraid. The crunch is of course that you need fully paid up membership to qualify for attendance at any closed
‘members only’ event such as the ‘Collectors Studio Day’ and the opportunity to buy and order the
Studio Day special items made by Tim for the day, available to members only.
the bottom line is that if you would like full benefit status you will now need to join the Artius Glass p.c.g. with an annual
membership sub of £17.00 to qualify for full benefits including an invitation to the much loved and enjoyed collectors
We hope you will as we always loved putting on
the special day for you and the chance to make old acquaintances again and now especially as a new era dawns. Direct link
to an application form http://www.artiusglass.co.uk/id32.html
Now is the time! Our annual 20% off all website marked prices
(excluding p&p except to paid up subscription members where standard postage is included. Special Delivery
can be requested as an extra)
note that the prices shown on this page are already subject to a discount equivalent to the VAT content and therefore
are not subject to further discount as the stock shown is owned by I.of W. Studio Glass and not to Artius Glass.
Artius Glass Gift Voucher
If you are looking for that nice ‘gift that goes on giving’ this Christmas, a suggestion
might be an Artius Glass Gift Voucher.
Available in any combinations of £5.00
increments. For redemption within the next 12 months. Artius Glass p.c.g. membership benefits apply to purchase.
Change of email address reminder
Now for some ‘Pretty Pictures’ Items of Interest for sale (not subject
to ‘Seasonal Offer’ discount ~ sorry ~ but P.C.G. terms do apply)
Mdina ‘Craggy Stemmed’ Candle Holders
I hate to have to keep saying this but it is a fact – seriously rare - Mdina
candle holders. Clearly made either by the Boffos or possibly even by Michael under their influence. But needless to say they
were made during Michael's time after the Boffo father and son arrived from Whitefriars so c1970 – ‘72 should
be about right. If anyone knows differently – and I can think of one of our Avid’s who might(!) please let me
know. They do mirror, of course, the very desirable ‘Craggy Stemmed Chalices’ which although made originally by
Michael or the Boffos, also continued into the Joseph Said period after Michael left Malta. We have only EVER had two other single candle holders in the
last 13 years. So in my book that justifies ‘rare’. So they are priced and valued accordingly!
Description: ‘Craggy Stemmed’
Maker : Mdina Glass Malta
Size: 15cm (6”)
high x 10cm (4”) diam. at base
I.D. Marks: None
Condition : Excellent
(Less Privileged Collectors Group disc @ 12.5% + free p&p ~ to members only)
Isle of Wight Studio Glass ‘Sun & Moon’ vase
Once again the ‘R’ word applies, and I don’t apologise. After all it is why we
save these pieces for our ‘Avid’s’ newsletters! Amongst THE most desirable gems we have ever had.
We have only ever seen two others and they came from the Studio archive stock some years ago. They are now in our personal
collection as they are signed by Mike. Check Mark Hill’s book, page 66. Current value £12~£1800 (valued
at £1000~1500 in 2006). Constructed very much the same way as the iconic ‘Nigntscape’ but with the added
feature of ‘combing’ the silver applied to the top section and then adding the 22ct gold Sun & Moon ~ one
on each side as above.
Description: Michael Harris ‘Sun & Moon’
Maker : Isle
of Wight Studio Glass.
Size: 24cm (9.5”) high x 14cm (5.5”) wide x 2.25”(6cm) deep
I.D. Marks: Black
Condition : Very good
(gold Sun thinly applied and uneven edge to moon)
(Less Privileged Collectors Group disc
@ 12.5% + free p&p ~ to members only)
Mdina Glass, Malta Verdala Bowl
One of Michael Harris’ first and most important commissions on Malta.
They were originally made for the Verdala Hotel in Rabat, Malta as large flat bowl dishes for anything from nuts and crisps
to cigar ash trays ( but not at the same time we assume – Uggg – doesn’t bear thinking about!). Marked with
the studio name in what appears to be Michael's hand but this is at times difficult to be certain about (yes even for
me) as Eric Dobson's handwriting of the studio name was almost identical. This was typical of the style of handwriting
taught in schools during the 1930’s. However there is little doubt that this nice example was made by Michael.
Description: Mdina ‘Verdala’ Bowl
Maker : Mdina Glass, Malta
Size: 14cm (9.5”) diam. x 5cm( 2” high
Marks: ‘Mdina’ (n.b.Probably written in Michael Harris’ hand)
(Less Privileged Collectors Group disc @ 12.5% + free
p&p ~ to members only)
squat perfume bottle
A much loved
and successful design process from the creative skills of who else (Tim in case you hadn’t guessed). However quite time
consuming to create the ‘swirls’ with a tweezer type of tool. Ran from 1993 – ‘98 across various
colourways depicting semi precious stones but this shape ran from ‘95~’98 before being discontinued but rose from
the ashes again in a slightly different guise and renamed Golden Mosaic but also incorporating 22ct gold. Again equally as
Description: IoWSG Gemstone ‘Amethyst’ squat perfume bottle
Maker : Isle
of Wight Studio Glass.
Size: 8.5cm(3.25”)diam. x 10cm(4”) high
I.D. Marks: None
Condition : Excellent
(Less Privileged Collectors Group disc @ 12.5% + free p&p ~ to members
All fort now with Seasons Greetings to you all
As ever, our very best regards,
Ron & Ann
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