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The 15th cambridge glass fair

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    The 15th cambridge glass fair
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    2010/2/28 to 2010/02/28
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    The next Cambridge Glass Fair will take place at Chilford Hall Vineyard on Sunday, 28th February 2010. The fair is open from 10.30am until 4.00pm.

    To view a video made at a recent fair and posted on YouTube please click here

    Postcard for 15th Cambridge Glass Fair.

    Postcard for 15th
    Cambridge Glass Fair
    featuring glass by Tolly Nason

    Chilford Hall Vineyard is situated amid rolling countryside a few miles south east of the City of Cambridge with its colleges and lively arts scene.

    The Cambridge Glass Fair is more than just that - it is an event which brings together around 100 exhibitors from across the U.K. and Europe.

    Originally founded along with the respected collector and glass expert Dr. Graham Cooley, this fair offers the ideal opportunity to find both antique glass and contemporary studio work; glass from all eras and to suit all tastes. If your preference is for Georgian drinking glasses you will find many knowledgeable specialists, if you are interested in the Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods you will be amply catered for by several quality exhibitors and if you lean toward modernist collectables and art glass you will be spoilt for choice.

    At the Cambridge Glass Fair we continually endeavour to improve the visitors’ experience. We were the first one-day fair to introduce regular exhibitions presenting both loan collections and previously overlooked areas of glass to our visitors.

    Our promotional postcards were another real innovation and have become collectors’ items in their own right.

    We have offered visitors the opportunity to meet some well-known personalities including Eric Knowles, Sam Herman, Andy McConnell and Mark Hill and we have hosted several book launches and selling exhibitions. The Stained Glass Museum from Ely cathedral are also regular exhibitors.

    The venue itself has much to offer with a very pleasing ambience and with various pieces of artwork displayed around the halls and grounds. It also offers free parking for up to 1000 vehicles. There is an excellent bistro and bar within the halls and the Vineleaf café is located nearby. At lunchtime there is live music in the restaurant area which adds to the occasion.

    We have updated our exhibition archive pages and all of the previous foyer exhibitions have now been reinstated. We hope that you will enjoy looking at them and at the 'exhibitor interview' pages where some of our regular exhibitors give an insight into their interest in the world of glass dealing and collecting.

    17th century lidded goblet,
    17th century lidded goblet, probably from the Netherlands

    The foyer exhibition for September featured a superb collection of 17th and 18th century large goblets and included some rare examples.

    There was a display of continental pieces in the first cabinet including a mammoth sixteen inch ceremonial lidded goblet (pictured right). This dates from c1680 and is probably from the Netherlands.

    In the second cabinet you could find glass produced in Britain including some fine examples of engraving by Jacob Sang.

    In all there was around fifty goblets on display offering a rare glimpse of an unusual collecting area.

    The goblets were loaned by Peter Adamson, who is a regular exhibitor at the fair.

    In the Contemporary Glass Hall lampworker and beadmaker Francesca Cerreta demonstrated her skills. Examples of her work were available for sale and she was also pleased to talk to visitors about her work.

    Beads by Francesca Cerreta
    Beads by Francesca Cerreta


    You were able to see and buy studio glass from over twenty contemporary makers and engravers who were also happy to discuss commissions.

    Among the other skilled glass makers in the Contemporary Hall was Tolly Nason, a glass artist and photographer from nearby Abington who recently had a stunning exhibition on display inthe Zoological Museum in Cambridge.

    'Seeing the Light: Finch by Finch' was part of the Charles Darwin Anniversary Festival and featured fourteen cast Galapagos Island finch beaks.

    Pâte de verre 'Whimsicals'
    Pâte de verre 'Whimsicals'

    She exhibited some of her cast and pâte de verre pieces, such as the intriguing and desirable 'Whimsicals' shown here. Methods such as pâte de verre allow Tolly to extract and express the beauty of glass in its very fragile state, forming a ‘crust’ or exoskeleton of what could be there - an artwork that has shed its skin and is left exposed, raw and beautiful.

    She also features in our latest exhibitor interview.

    Primavera, the well-known central Cambridge fine arts and crafts gallery, also exhibited at the fair and brought along some new and special pieces by leading glass artists.

    American  lampwork paperweight
    American lampwork paperweight

    For paperweight enthusiasts, the Paperweight Collectors Circle will again held an ‘Identification Clinic’ where you were able to bring along any weights or related items you had questions about or just wished to discuss. This was an excellent opportunity to find out about weights you have tucked away at home that you may have bought, inherited or perhaps received as gifts.

    Representatives from Whitefriars.com, the website dedicated to Whitefriars glass and its many enthusiastic collectors, had a special stand in the Great Hall where they staged an exhibition of cloudy white lattice pieces including some unusual examples.

    The pieces were drawn from the collections of some of the forum members who were also at the fair and who were delighted to meet other collectors and to answer questions etc.

    Whitefriars cloudy white lattice bowl
    Whitefriars cloudy white lattice bowl

    The Glass Association attended the fair and were, as always, pleased to talk about their work and to welcome new members where appropriate.

    We are delighted to announce that Dr. Graham Witty was the winner of the February Visitor Survey prize, a £50 voucher to be spent at the September fair.

    We will continue to innovate and to develop the fair, and to that end we have lots of good things in store. Come along and join us on February 28th - maybe combine your visit with a trip into Cambridge or even make a weekend of it.

    For those of you travelling by public transport we have listed some local taxi firms and are happy to put visitors in touch with each other if they wish to share the fare. If you would like further information please click here.

    If glass is your passion, we at the Cambridge Glass Fair will ensure that you can indulge it to the full and have a wonderful time.

    If you are unable to visit the Cambridge Glass Fair you may like to know that we also organise the National Glass Collectors Fair which will take place on Sunday November 15th 2009.

    A memorial to Dan Klein

    Dan Klein
    Dan Klein

    With the sudden and sad death of Dan, the glass world has lost its most
    distinguished proponent and strongest advocate. His influence has touched
    every glass maker, curator, gallery owner, collector and enthusiast around the
    world. His passion for glass has inspired us all; he was the most knowledgeable,
    generous, encouraging and kind mentor.

    In 1995 Dan played a key role in the founding of North Lands Creative Glass at Lybster in the north of Scotland and at his death was a Director of North Lands and the Chairman of its Advisory Board. It has been decided to establish a fund in Dan's memory to develop the work of North Lands both in education and in the provision of further state-of-the-art studio space.

    Leaflets to make a donation can be collected from the Foyer at the fair.


    To read about the campaign to save Broadfield House Museum click here and also please sign the on-line petition.

    For details about forthcoming Glass Association events follow the links below:

    Celebrating British 20th century Glass Designers in Stourbridge


    If you have a query:
    email us at info@cambridgeglassfair.com
    write to us at s.g. fairs ltd, po box 1144 , linton, cambridge, cb21 4wj
    telephone us at 07887 762872 


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