The National Glass Collectors Fair
Isle of Wight Glass
On Sunday 8 May 2016 the National Glass Fair hosted an exhibition curated by the Isle of Wight Glass Museum.
The exhibition showcased pieces of art glass produced by various glassmakers based on the Isle of Wight. This included glass from Isle of Wight Studio Glass, Diamond Isle Sculpted Glass, Glory Art Glass and featured work by artists such as Timothy & Michael Harris, Martin Evans and Paul Critchley.
The main focus of the exhibition was work produced by Isle of Wight Studio Glass, which is arguably the most prolific and well known studio on the island. The glassworks was established in 1973 by Michael Harris, who had previously enjoyed success with Mdina Glass (Malta) before relocating to St. Lawrence on the Isle of Wight.
Michael's sons Timothy and Jonathan also joined the studio as innovative glass artists in their own right. The two brothers continued to work together at Isle of Wight Studio Glass up until 1999 when Jonathan Harris established his own studio.
Isle of Wight Studio Glass continues to set a high standard of creativity in British studio glass and has been going from strength to strength since the company was rebooted in 2014.
Please find below a selection of items that appeared in the exhibition.
|Vase created by Isle of Wight Studio glass for B&W Thornton of Stratford-upon-Avon. The vase features a cameo frieze, depicting Oberon and Titania and was designed by
Timothy Harris in 1999 (ltd. edition of 25).
|Isle of Wight Studio Glass: Sun & Moon bag vase. Signed “Michael Harris IOW England 1994”. One of maybe half a dozen made.|
|Oval Cameo vase by Isle of Wight Studio Glass. The design is called ‘Purple Florals’ & was created by Elizabeth Harris. Signed by Timothy Harris - 2015.|
Diamond Isle Sculptured Glass: Sculptural vase with dancers and fern fiddlestick in centre. Signed “Paul Critchley, 2012”.
Glory Art Glass: Bronze torso by Martin Evans.
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