Every two years, I get ridiculously excited about going to Stourbridge. Not that there’s anything at all wrong with the West Midlands, but I look forward to this weekend for WELL over a year . It does seem a bit silly! But it only happens every two years, so I have to wait such a long time between each one. It’s the International Festival of Glass, happening over the bank holiday weekend. It is four glorious days of glass, more glass and glass related things! Spread over several locations up and down the main road in Stourbridge, there are lots of things to see and do. Centre stage is the Glass Bienale, with internationally renowned artists showing some amazing works of glass art. But there are lots of other smaller exhibitions, open studios, performances, and there are always yummy cakes!
This year, I am exhibiting as part of the Festival in two locations. For the last three events, I’ve taken part in the Contemporary Glass Society exhibition – a collection of small, but perfectly formed pieces of glass from members. They are all for sale, all with a theme. This year, we celebrate 20th anniversary of the CGS. This is my piece for that show.
I am also exhibiting at the Lace Guild. They are also located in Stourbridge (busy town!). They are open as part of the Festival of Glass with a an exhibition titled Through the Looking Glass. Below is one of my submission pieces. The show is a mixture of contemporary lace, traditional pieces and lace inspired glass art. I’ve not seen how they have curated it, but I am really looking forward to how it’s all been put together. Here’s one of the pieces I’ve sent to them.