The Bruntnell-Astley Student Award

Posted on Apr 01, 2014. 1 comment

The Bruntnell-Astley UK Glass Student Award

Bruntnell-Astley ltd would like to announce the creation of the UK Glass Student Award. Each year we at Bruntnell Astley would like to award a nominated student in glass a days photography

at Simon Bruntnell Northlight Photography studio Bruntnell Astley would like all course leaders to nominate up to three students in the subject of glass. The award is to be presented to the student at their final show. Its open to all levels of degree student. The award is valid for six months and to be used in that period. 


We would like you put forward up to  3 students who you feel may benefit from this award.

Please email with your (up to) three students (who must be in full time education) with a short reason for nomination and a simple attachment of their work for judging.

The winning student will receive a 1 days studio photography from Simon Bruntnell at Northlight  Photography. The award is studio based only and the winner will have to travel to Stourbridge in the West Midlands. 


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Coming soon to Bruntnell-Astley...... Ondrej Novotny of the Czech Republic

Posted on Mar 22, 2014. 0 comments


1984 Born first of june, Czech Republic
1999-2004 Glass craft-art school Novy Bor, Czech Republic
2003 Demonstrating in Palau del Vidre, France
2004 taking Boyd Sugiki's class at Glassfurnace, Istanbul, Turkey
2004 Participating in Glass Symposium in Zelezny Brod, Czech Republic 
2005 Working at BON studio, Novy Bor, Czech Republic
2005 Working at glassfactory Slavia, Novy Bor, Czech Republic
2005-2009 Working at Ajeto glassworks, Lindava, Czech Republic
2007 Demonstration with Petr Novotny at Urban glass, Brooklyn NY, USA
2008 Working on crystal Carillon with Bernard Heesen, Royal Leerdam, The Netherlands
2008 Teaching assistant of Martin Janecky and Petr Novotny, Corning museum of glass, NY, USA
2008 Demonstrating with Petr Novotny at Tacoma museum of glass, WA, USA
2009 David Walters's class and Boyd Sugiki's class at Pilchuck glass school, WA, USA
2010 Participating at the exhibition Zwieseler Glastage, Germany
2010 Teaching assistant for Martin Janecky's class at Glassfurnace, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Teaching assistant for Martin Janecky's class at AYA Glass studio, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Teaching workshop of mould blowing with Jasper Dowding
2011 Demonstrating at Engelsholm school, Denmark
2012 Demonstrating at College of Poole, England
2012 Participating at the exhibition Zwieseler Glastage, Germany
2004-2013 Demonstrating at Glasblaserij , Leerdam, The Netherlands

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Iestyn Davis joins Bruntnell-Astley

Posted on Mar 06, 2014. 94 comments

 We are pleased to announce that Iestyn Davis of Blowzone fame is joining Bruntnell-Astley. Iestyn will be bringing new forms to the site glowing jelly fishes to name one.

Im really looking foreword to presenting this most dynamic of artists


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Georgia Redpath soon to join Bruntnell Astley..

Posted on Feb 10, 2014. 0 comments

Georgia Redpath will soon be selling her work on Bruntnell Astley. Georgia is based at the Ruskin Glass Centre where she shares a studio with George Jackson. She's a kiln based glass artist working in incredibly complex patterns and forms at the moment. After studying Law at Oxford and working in financial sector Georgia was drawn to the medium of glass 'their loss and our gain we say at Bruntnell Astley'  

Broadfield Glass museum recently acquired 'Deep Blue' from Georgia.

We wish her every success


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How to Photograph Glass 1st Feb 2014

Posted on Feb 04, 2014. 0 comments

I would like to thanks the students who attended my workshop on how to photograph glass. I believe it went  very well from the very

kind emails I have received.  The lighting was kept to a simple minimum approach and what you can do with a few simple lights. We also looked where to buy such items and looked at a few other real basic essentials. I think everyone enjoyed it and realized what could be done with a few simple things. 


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Only two spaces left on Malcolm Andrews course

Posted on Jan 08, 2014. 0 comments

Malcolm Andrews Master Glass Blower( Bruntnell-Astley ltd sponsers) Level: intermediate up 6 places 25th January 2014 Saturday now only spaces left 

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Bruntnell Astley Financial Times 'How to Spend it' featured

Posted on Dec 05, 2013. 0 comments

Bruntnell Astley Financial Times 'How to Spend it' feature in there addition on the 15th Saturday of Feb 2014.

The words was written by Nicole Swengley for the FT how to spend section. The three artists to feature are Allister Malcolm, Katya Filmus and Laura Hart.

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Malcolm Andrews workshop 14th of November

Posted on Nov 23, 2013. 0 comments


An excellent workshop was had by all Malcolm Andrews showing traditional glass making skills to a group of young makers. So much was it appreciated they group asked to make a new date for for intermediate makers there's now a January class. Also Malcolm will be running a day for total beginners on the 20th January.



I have recently taken part in some glass blowing workshops up in Stourbridge at The Red Cone Glass House. These workshops have been taught by master glass blower Malcolm Andrews who used to work in the glass industry when it was thriving in Britain. The skills he has taught us are skills that would have originally been secrets kept within the factory walls. Because of this a lot of the techniques he has shown us are not recorded in any published books. I will be uploading a video soon of me attempting the rolling pin....Caz Dowell

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News from Bruntnell-Astley

Posted on Nov 21, 2013. 3 comments

Welcome to all, this will be our latest news and views section to Bruntnell Astley or BA from now on. Here you will be able to see what we are thinking in the future or return answers to questions. Today 21/11/13 myself and Fiaz Elson will be traveling to Kilncare to discuss some very interesting developments we are hoping to nurture  in Stourbridge. Its something which will appeal to artists and makers and hopefully strengthen teaching and development in all aspects of glass making new and old in techniques.

Has things develop I will post them here and on the  facebook glass work shops.

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