Friday, 11 March 2016

New Glass Museum to open on the Isle of Wight

New Glass Museum to open on the Isle of Wight on Saturday 19th March, 2016 at 11am.

You are invited to attend. It's free!
There is no need to register your attendance; just turn up on the day. Please put the date in your diary or calendar on your mobile.

Target for exhibits
700 items now in cabinets …. aiming for 1000!

The programme for the museum opening event on Saturday 19th March has been finalized. 
An excellent lineup of speakers has been assembled, including Mark Hill, an expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow and co-presenter of Cracking Antiques, Uncovering Antiques and Collectaholics for BBC2;  Richard Harris, managing director of Isle of Wight Studio Glass;  Michael Rayner, founder of Island Glass and Alum Bay Glass;  Timothy Harris, master glass maker at IOWSG;  and Ron Wheeler, the foremost expert on IOWSG, having been the studio's appointed secondary market specialist for over 35 years.

Read more on the official museum website here:

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Spotting vintage glass in TV series...

For a while I've been keeping my eyes open for examples of the Crystolac toughened tumblers made by Davidson from c. 1940 onwards. So far I have three, in two sizes and two designs, all with different date codes.

If anyone is a watcher of the BBC TV series Call the Midwife, in episode 3 of the current series (series 5) set in 1961 I spotted what appeared to be a toughened tumbler being used. 

In previous series (set in the 1950s) they had a Sowerby water set in use in Nonnatus House at mealtimes... I love to see genuine items being used in these shows. I have the jug in amber and the tumblers in an ice blue (so far!)