Legacies August 2019

Posted on Aug 06, 2019. 0 comments

23rd August until 8th September

suite 4 The Newhouse, Stuarts works, high st Wordley, Stourbridge, DY8 4FB or 

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Legacies is an exhibition celebrating Keith Cummings and his influence as a course tutor of glass at Stourbridge college of art and it’s move to Wolverhampton university 30 years ago. There are ex students and staff featured in this exhibition some stretching back to the 60’s like Karlin Rushbrooke right up to recent graduates like Elliot Walker.

Hope to see you all at the exhibition. There will be ‘meet the artist’ sessions where you can come and meet the artist and listen to them talk about their work.

Aug 23rd - 26th 10:30 am until 4:30pm
Aug 27th - 8th Sep 12noon until 4:30pm

Admission Free: condition of entry
No more that 2 children per supervising adult. Breakages must be paid for.

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Keith Cummings 'Legacies' Exhibition Aug 2019

Posted on Apr 10, 2019. 0 comments



  In 1989 the glass course which had been in existence in Stourbridge since it was established in the wake of the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 was moved to Wolverhampton Polytechnic as a result of a Government directive. This year is the thirtieth anniversary of this move, and this exhibition seeks to celebrate both the continuity this has allowed, and the way in which the move has changed the way in which glass education has developed within the larger institution.

In 1851 the great exhibition provided a showcase for British goods, and Sir Henry Cole, its organiser, felt that many lacked design qualities. The Art School in Stourbridge was set up, like a number of others, in response to Sir Henry Cole`s initiative to place Schools of Art in areas of specialist production, with a view to improving the quality of the design of British goods; in this case hand-made glass. During the century and a half that has followed both the Industry and the course have changed beyond imagining. The world famous factories of the Stourbridge areas have ceased production, and the glass course has shifted its emphasis and moved base to become embedded within the University sector. Both Industry and education have reacted to shifts in global economics, particularly in relation to hand production. Generally speaking this has meant that hand produced glass is now part of a global craft movement which centres its production within small studios. A new term has developed to describe these high value signature objects which are often identified with the individuals who both design and make them: The Designer/Maker. This studio based movement began in the late 19th century as a reaction to the rise of Industrial production and placed its emphasis on the importance of hand production skills. Idealists like William Morris and C.R.Ashbee attempted, in Ashbee`s phrase, ` to relate the creations of their hands to their reasons for existence in life`. This ethos, established within communities like Ashbee`s Century Guild in Chipping Campden , and the Bromsgrove Guild, greatly affected the status and perception of the crafts within the British Art School system, and studying a Craft became a life-style choice. Glass could not, at first, take its place among the group of materials worked within individual studios like ceramic, wood or silver. This was primarily a technical issue, as glass furnaces were large, with no tradition of small workshop production which could be adapted for studio use. The hand-made glass industry had always separated design and production, and it required something of a technical revolution to allow glass to take its rightful place within contemporary craft. This came, in the form of a simple one-person glass melting furnace from America in the early 1960`s. It had been developed in Wisconsin by Harvey Littleton, and with it individual artists like Marvin Lipofsky emerged as the first of the designer –makers in glass. The furnace was brought to Britain in 1964 by a Wisconsin graduate, Sam Herman, and, through his example people like George Elliott and Karlin Rushbrooke became the first home grown studio glass artists. Stourbridge School of Art was awarded one of the new Art and Design courses in 1965 which allowed students to specialise in glass to degree level. The emphasis was on a personal exploration of form, material, process, and hand skills by the student during three years of study, particularly in the development of new ways of shaping glass alongside blowing and hot glass manipulation. At Stourbridge this manifested itself as kiln-forming, and new ways of shaping glass within kilns became, during the 70`s and 80`s, a hallmark of the course, during which time alumni like David Reekie, Tessa Clegg, Brian Blanthorn and Colin Reid became established as renowned kiln formers. All of this development took place against the background of the global studio glass movement, within which it was an important presence. The movement began in the1960`s and has continued to spread into a truly world-wide movement, evolving from its experimental beginnings to a sophisticated network of makers, collectors, educational courses, publications, and technical support outlets.

All of the artists represented in this exhibition have strong associations with the course, in either it`s Stourbridge or Wolverhampton manifestations. The earliest graduated in the 1960`s and the latest is a current M.A, student. This exhibition has been put together to celebrate the original glass course at Stourbridge, and its subsequent move to Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1989 (which gained University status in 1991) and which widened the study types available; adding Post-graduate, MPhil, and Post-Doctoral levels of study. There are examples of all levels of study in this exhibition. Heike Bracklow, Vanessa Cutler have Doctorates, and Max Stewart , who, as well as having a Doctorate has carried out a Post Doctoral research into the pâte-de-verre of Amalric Walter. His PhD extended Walter`s technique and colour palette, and Max`s work in this show utilises this knowledge as well as demonstrating the role of research within the creative Arts. This is also evident in the precision works of Vanessa Cutler who uses the industrial process of water jet glass cutting to create her personal works. Playing on the contrast between the machine and hand. Heike Bracklow, whose PhD research into the control of colouring of glass in the kiln allows her to create her immaculate signature casts which explore the interaction of colour, form and light in glass solids. Johnathan Harris takes an historical technique associated with the 19th century Stourbridge area; that of cameo glass, and creates works that reflect the qualities of the original masters but which extend the process into the 21st century through his unique technical and aesthetic vision. The work of Simon Eccles takes as its starting point the process of cane murrine patterning, which is over four thousand years old, but using it to create his contemporary images which explore narratives around loss, commingling with current interests, often blending the eternal with the whimsical.                                                                                    

Elliot Walker graduated from Wolverhampton and completed his studies at the Royal College of Art. His sculptural works, which play on the theme of traditional Still-Life painting, require a high level of expertise and originality in hot and cold glass forming, and the sculptural still-lives that result are both enigmatic and stylish. James Devereux is also a recent graduate. His works are sculptural forms that, though abstract, suggest both organic and, in their facetted edges, human artefacts like flint napped arrow heads.

Karlin Rushbrooke graduated in 1968 and has maintained a glass studio ever since. His work in this show meditates on the journey we all take in life and its inevitable final destination.

Georgia Redpath`s work draws on the geometry underpinning structure. Using repeating modular elements to produce pieces of complexity and scale.

Sara Squire shares a similar fascination with pattern and geometric pattern, using various kiln-forming techniques to express a love of colour, light, and particularly, shadow.

Any exhibition can only provide a snapshot of a movement that is over half a century old, and which represents hundreds of graduates and associates of the glass course during this period. However, even though this show features only a dozen makers it does contain examples which show the range and depth of the course from various stages during its inception, and, crucially, illustrates its current manifestation and possible future direction. The current staff of the glass area at Wolverhampton are represented in the show, but it important to pay tribute to past staff who established and developed the skills and attitudes that gave it its unique atmosphere. Sadly many of these are no longer with us, and I would like to remember the contributions of Irene Stevens, George Elliott, John Smith, Tony Adams, Brian Fradgley, Alan Dohnal, and Stewart Garfoot (who passed away in January of this year).

Keith Cummings.




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Lectures, Demo's and Talks info at the WHC during the IFG week August 24th-28th 2017

Posted on Apr 10, 2017. 11 comments

Bruntnell Astley and Allister Malcolm are are extremely pleased to present a set of talks and lectures to be given  by professional friends and colleagues at the new White House Cone museum of glass (WHC) to raise precious needed funds  . 

These events will all take place during the International Festival of Glass week in Stourbridge at the WHC 24th -28th of August. This page will be consistently updated upto the final, and duration of the week. New talks and 'meet the artist sessions' are currently being confirmed as I write this. But for now, here's what's confirmed:

 hot glass

Main Page of events for booking


Prof Keith Cummings 'The million year old scarab'. Fifty years of glass practice

"Glass for Good" Charles R. Hajdamach & Steven Piper Sat 26th August (evening) IFG Week

Photography workshop Glass & Jewellery Sat Aug 27th IFG Week

Sand Casting day with Allister Malcolm Family Fun day Sunday 28th August IFG Week

Rachel Elliott '3D Printing Glass by Hand' Friday 25th August 11am IFG week

Lecture By Dr Max Stewart on Pate de Verre 2pm Sunday 27th WHC IFG week

'Getting Published' Glass & Craft Photography slideshow talk By Simon Bruntnell Monday 28th August IFG week

 First Floor: Bruntnell-Astley Contemporary Glass Exhibition 24th 1pm until 9th Sep 3pm


Bruntnell-Astley Show White House Cone August 24th 1pm  until September 9th 3pm 2017  

              Since its launch in 2010 B-A has established itself as a major promoter of, and dealer in, the work of artists who use glass as an expressive medium. Its base in the Stourbridge was, for centuries, a traditional glassmaking area, but, since the demise of the factories has seen a regeneration in glass making through a network of small studios within which predominantly unique pieces are produced. In addition the area is also home to a world renowned collection of glass (currently being rehoused), and educational establishments with a long history of specialisation in glass. While Bruntnell-Astley has naturally reflected the richness of this area in its stable of artists it has always sought to develop a wider, more international profile. The selection criteria adopted by B-A cuts across boundaries to reach only work of great originality and quality. Following its successful presence at Collect 2017, the show planned for August will run as part of the 2017 international festival of glass, and will help to showcase the new White House Cone Museum building before Stourbridge`s  historical collection moves in.

The artists in this important show are, true to B-A`s ethos, from disparate backgrounds, and present a variety of approaches to their choice of material. Contributors vary in age and experience, from veteran Keith Cummings, with new works that reflect over half a century of involvement with glass in the Stourbridge area, and his life-time interest in glass casting. Techniques used by the exhibitors vary from those, like glass blowing, which have been used for millennia, to 21st century processes like water-jet cutting exhibited by Vanessa Cutler, and the resulting variety of form, colour and texture present an overall view of the material, used by a diverse body of artists in artefacts, that represent the very best of contemporary studio glass.


 'Meet the Artists' Sessions Free (Please meet in main reception 5 to 10 min before time)

Meet the artist session will give you the opportunity to meet the artist at their stand and discusses their work. Its an easy open session for people to ask questions and listen to their chosen artist. no booking required. 


show opens 1pm  Dudley Mayor's visit at 4pm 


Hayley Gammon Flameworking AM and PM 

Dr Vanessa Cutler 1pm 'Artist and Engineer' meet the artist

Tracy Nicholls meet the artist 2pm at her artwork

Malcolm Sier on site  (stone carver) whom Allister has collaborated with in the past will be around to talk about his latest 

Nadia Lammas
kiln former constructing a piece for auction (in demo area).
Darren Weed 10am - 11.00 demo and meet the artist Jonathan Harris 11.00 -1.00 demo and meet the artists talk.
Melissa Nicholls 1-2pm hour demo & meet the artist
Elliot Walker & friends! 
2pm -4pm
Ayako Tan flameworking AM and PM 
Elliot walker and a colleague 
10am -1pm
Mark Taylor and David Hill Glassmakers a range of glass inspired by pieces from eras in the collection.
James Lethbridge flameworking AM and PM
Stephen Foster 1pm at his stand
Vic Bamforth  - Loving cup (Glass for Good Theme) - making a piece in the studio for auction
Prof Keith Cummings 1pm at his stand
12-2 lynn baker
2pm  onward bench talk 
Georgia Redpath - 2-4pm kiln casting effects come to the hot glass studio!
Update: Simone Crestani  will not be exhibiting with Bruntnell-Astley as stated in the IFG literature. 


Artist line up at the Whitehouse cone Museum of Glass for the Bruntnell-Astley Exhibition
Vine St Stourbridge DY8 4AA
opens 24th August 1pm
Then open daily 10am-4pm 25th August until 9th Sep (closes 3pm on 9th Sep)

Workshops and lectures to book click this link

General info Demos and meet the artists
Exhibition artists
Robert 'Bob' Crooks
Prof. Keith Cummings
Iestyn Davis
Elliot Walker
James Devereux
Dr Vanessa Cutler
Stephen Foster
Ondrej Novonty
James Lethbridge
Sandra Young
Laura Hart
Bret Manley
Tracy Nicholls
Georgia Redpath
Jonathan Harris
jung mikyoung
Dr Max Stewart
Wendy Newhofer
Richard T Roberts
Rachel Elliott
Dina Priess
Katie Huski
Ayako Tan
Sara Fell
Dominic Fonde
Tim Rawlison
Thomas Petit
Rachel Mulligan
Jon Lewis
Alex Pearce
Maria Fagan
Steve Lee
Susan Purser Hope
Faith Mercer
guergana sabkova
Linda Norris
Jade Pinnell
Debbie Timperley
Estelle Dean
Roger Slik
Michael Bullen
jeounghee kim
Gayle Matthias
Crispian Heath
Juliette Leperlier
G.William Bell
Nicola Steel
Cathryn Shilling
Issy Brunsdon
Teresa Chlapowski
Dreya Bennett
Margareth C Troli
Kayleigh Young
Julie Anne Denton
Lawrence West
Noreen Todd
Dina Priess
student show
Pamela A Martin Wolves
Ryan Ashcroft Wolves
Madeleine Hughes Wolves
Tim Boswell Wolves
Christopher Day Wolves
Dudley College Students to be confirmed.

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Bruntnell-Astley Presents a 'Pop Up' Gallery 25th-31st May 2015 (IFG week)

Posted on Oct 22, 2014. 2 comments

Build starts today:

click link for the google map location: 

Google MAP link

We are currently putting a few days and time slots where people can come and meet the artist. The artists will be in the gallery and will be available to talk about their work and techniques: So far (and this is growing daily) times and dates to be arranged: 

 Meet the artist's are as follows

Mellisa Nicholls Tues 26th 10 till 12 am 

Julie  Anne Denton   Wed 27th 1 pm till 4 pm

Laura Birdsall RCA Thurs 28th 10 till 1 pm 

James Lethbridge Friday 29th 10 till 1pm

 Pro Keith Cummings Sat 30th 10 till 1 pm

Tracy Nicholls & Wendy Newhofer Sunday 1 till 4 pm 



Page Up date the address needs to be reviewed 

Google gave the address as Wordsley Methodist Church.

It is in fact Kingswinford Methodist Church the rest of the address post code etc is correct

festival bus stop for Broadfield Glass museum.

Admission Free

The line up's starting to form, so far artists presenting works will be:

  • Prof Keith Cummings
  • Dr Max Stewart
  • Elliot Walker
  • Sara Fell Hicks
  • Allister Malcolm 
  • Georgia Redpath
  • Julie Anne Denton
  • James Lethbridge RCA
  • Paul Floyd
  • Laura Birdsall RCA
  • George Jackson
  • Noreen Todd
  • Wendy Newhofer 
  • Tracy Nicholls
  • Richard Roberts
  • Melissa Nicholls
  • Katya Izabel Filmus
  • Harry Morgan
  • Ondrej Novotny
  • Nicholas Collins
  • Jenny Pickford

There will be garden exhibition by the incredibly talented sculptress Jenny Pickford   

We are looking at different events to be staged at the exhibition such as named days

where you can come and 'meet the artist' and events in collaboration with Broadfield Museum.

There will be light refreshments organised by the Church (all funds going to the church).

Recent story in Craft Arts International:



We are currently putting a few days and time slots where people can come and meet the artist. The artists will be in the gallery and will be available to talk about their work and techniques: So far (and this is growing daily) times and dates to be arranged: 

Pro Keith Cummings

Sara Fell

Jenny Pickford

Georgia Redpath

Julie  Anne Denton

to be cont'd



If there's any things you would like to see or do please leave a comment. 


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