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

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

Rock crystal

Charles and Steve intend to unlock some of the secrets of the production of engraved glass and rock crystal. Charles will deliver a lecture with slides about the history of the process - who were the legendary names behind some of the unrepeatable examples in the museums collection and what inspired them. He will be asking Steve how he might approach different styles Steve will be then taking a reproduction (blank made by Allister Malcolm) and decorating a panel showing how labour intensive the process actually was. In a great double act these two experts will compliment each others presentation in an entertaining manor.

The Speaker

Charles R. Hajdamach is one of the top authorities on glass in the country.For 30 years he was in charge of the glass collections at Broadfield House Glass Museum in Kingswinford which opened in 1980 and quickly became one of the top glass museums in the world.

He has lectured on glass in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, Ireland,Belgium and Germany.

He also writes extensively on the subject from antique to contemporary glass. His two books, 'British Glass 1800-1914' published in 1991, and '20th Century British Glass' from 2009, remain the standard works on the subject. In 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology for services to glass and glassmaking and in 2009 he was elected as Life-President of the Glass Association of which he was a founder member.

The Master Craftsman

Steve Piper
At the age of 15 Steve started working at Webb Corbett Glassworks which had at the time been acquired by Royal Dolton. During his time at Webb he trained at Dudley College gaining a certificate (grade “A”) in glass design and technology. After 13 years Steve left Royal Doulton to pursue a career as a freelance engraver and has become one of the countries most accomplished engravers of the day.

Steve Pipers work for sale on Bruntnell Astley 

£20 per ticket - seats currently limited to 80
All proceeds made on ticket sales for the lecture will be donated to The British Glass foundation.

why is this glass for good?

The Blank to be engraved (section of) will remain in the collection

Chloe Winter-Taylor has expressed a wish to have more handling sessions for the public in the White House Cone museum of Glass Object Handling is an excellent resource providing unique opportunities to touch and study a wide selection of objects similar to those in the galleries. - With rock crystal these finished items can be too precious hand around for the general public to touch. By retaining this item and using it in handling sessions it will not only give people a better sensory experience within the museum but it can also be used as part of our museum reminiscence sessions that are aimed at those those suffering with memory loss through dementia and other associated illnesses - and help reconnect and share their memories.

The Whitehouse Cone Museum of Glass, VINE St, Stourbridge, DY8 4AA 

6:30pm Wine and nibbles 

7pm prompt start approx 2hrs

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