The National Glass Collectors Fair

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In Focus: 4 November 2018

Whilst updating the Preview Gallery for our November 2018 National Glass Fair we chose to highlight a few significant pieces of glass that were offered for sale on the day of the fair.

Painted Graal Glass By Darren Weed

Video: Darren Weed, demonstrating his painted graal technique.

Darren Weed (DW Glass) is a well established contemporary glass artist with a deep respect for traditional methods and processes.

Painted 'Redwood' graal vase by Darren Weed.
Painted 'Redwood' graal vase by Darren Weed.

Darren's use of the painted graal technique is driven by this passion, as well as a desire to continue developing his glass making techniques through the exploration of different design ideas and new methods of execution.

The graal technique of glassmaking was first pioneered in the early 20th century by artists working at Orrefors. The process involved creating a coloured decorative layer of glass over a clear blank. This coloured decoration was allowed to cool and would often be carved, engraved, or etched before being cased in clear crystal.

Contemporary artist like Darren are now breathing new life into this form of glass making (see also Vic Bamforth & Jonathan Harris). Painted graal adds a new dimension to this process, which involves hand painting the initial blank with a design before the final crystal casing is applied.

When creating this type of painted decoration, artists must draw on skills from various disciplines and combine them to produce a distinctive and highly technical method of glass production.


Visit the Contemporary Glass Gallery to view more examples of work by Darren Weed, as well as glassware by other contemporary glass artists.


Large 18th Century Sweetmeat Glass Or Comport

Large 18th Century Sweetmeat Glass Or Comport
Large 18th Century Sweetmeat Glass
Or Comport

This extremely large and rare sweetmeat or comport glass dates to 1739 and measures 18.4cm in height.

The glass featuring a double ogee bowl over a hollow blown knop, which contains a silver William & Mary half crown (dated 1689). The glass sits on a domed and terraced foot.

The foot of this glass is more commonly seen on candlesticks from around 1730-40, which suggests a similar date for this piece.

The silver half crown would have had a far greater value at the time than the cost of the glass, so there must have been an important reason for its inclusion in the hollow knop. The period of 1689 to 1739 would coincide with William & Mary's 50th anniversary, so this may have prompted a loyal supporter or "Williamite" to commission this piece.


This item was available to purchase from stand number 32 in Hall 2, along with other examples of 17th and 18th century glass.


Visit the 18th Century gallery to view more examples of glassware from this period.


Jonathan Harris - Hand Carved Cameo Vase

Carved Cameo Vase by Jonathan Harris
Carved Cameo Vase by Jonathan Harris

This vase was produced by long standing National Glass Fair exhibitor Jonathan Harris.

The vase employs a glass making technique known as 'Translucent Colour Cup-cased Cameo'. The technique was developed by Jonathan whilst experimenting with overlaying multiple layers of both translucent and transparent enamels; combining them with cased layers of gold and silver leaf.

The technique also involves a painstaking carving process, which requires intense concentration to ensure the 3D effect of the design is apparent from all angles.


This particular vase was available to purchase from stand number 13 in Hall 1.



Visit the Contemporary Glass gallery to view more examples of glass by Jonathan Harris, as well as items by other glass artists that were available to buy at our November 2018 glass fair.


De Kralik Cameo Bowl

Lidded Cameo Bowl, Signed 'De Kralik'Lidded Cameo Bowl, Signed 'De Kralik'De Kralik Signature.
Lidded Cameo Bowl, Signed 'De Kralik'

This Bohemian lidded cameo bowl features a lake scene with woodland and probably dates to around 1920 or earlier. The bowl was produced by Kralik and a vase with a similar design can be found in the glass museum in Passau.

This piece features a 'De Kralik' signature, which was used by Kralik when producing cameo glass for the French Market. The style of decoration was clearly inspired by the cameo art glass produced by makers such as Galle, Daum and DeVez and we can see that reflected in gallicised signature (see pages 150 & . 674 of The Glasmarken Lexikon). After WWI Kralik expanded their reach into the French and International art glass market, usually signing their cameo glass 'D’Aurys', 'Soleil' or 'Beaute'.

This bowl measures 9cm in height and has a diameter of 14cm.


This bowl was available for purchase from stand number 51 in Hall 3.


Visit the 19th & 20th Century gallery to view more examples of glassware from this period.