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Only 38 days to go until the Glass Festival (24-27 August), and preparations here at Festival HQ are stepping up a gear. We are also enjoying watching the redevelopment of the new Glasshouse Arts Centre reaching its final phase -in time to host the British Glass Biennale, its inaugural exhibition. 

We have had some great publicity recently, including a lovely preview in Crafts magazine and a piece on Glass Afloat (our floating sculpture exhibition at Bodenham Arboretum) in last weekend’s Telegraph.

Online Shop 

Our online shop is now live, so you can buy your Festival passes, tickets for many of our events including Torcher Tailor and Glasshionistas, as well as workshops, walks and taster sessions.

Some tickets will be available to to book on the day during the Festival, but to avoid being dissapointed we would urge you to book in advance, as they go quickly.

Lecture programme

Speakers are now confirmed for our lecture programme at the Ruskin Glass Centre, and we have some very interesting talks lined up. 

Lani McGregor talks about the early years of the Bullseye Glass Factory, Andrew Brewerton on the complex relationship between Buddhism, glass and art making, Antoine Leperlier on the ancestral roots of his own glass in the work of François Décorchemont and legends such as Richard Marquis, John Lewis and Bandhu Scott Dunham talking about their work. 

The cost of lectures is included in your Festival Pass (with a couple of exceptions). 

Printed Glass Festival Programme
Our brochure is now at the printers and should be back within the week. You can download a pdf of the brochure from the website, but if you would prefer to be sent a printed copy, email and we will pop one in the post to you.


Other events of interest

Tickets are now on sale for Assemble 2012: The Crafts Council Conference taking place on Thursday 20 September at RIBA, London. Save £25 on your ticket price when you book by 6pm on 31 July.

The overarching theme for the conference is the contribution craft makes to innovation and enterprise, and the relationship between making, science and technology. Conference sessions will focus on bioscience and high-end Manufacturing and will include panel discussions, workshops and other activities alongside keynote speakers.

To book, visit the Assemble website
Follow the conversation #Assemble2012



Would you like to take part in our Festival Finale, Glasshionistas? 

We are holding a practical demonstration of upcycling/recycling materials into wearable glass-themed garments on Saturday 4 August at the Ruskin Glass Centre,
2-4pm. Places are free, but limited, so please RSVP to by 27 July.

If you can't make it to the workshop you can still take part in the Finale - visit 
the website for more information.

Help spread the word

We now have a range of posters and leaflets for the Festival and would be very grateful for help in spreading the word by assisting with distribution.  If you could spare a few minutes to put up a poster or leave some leaflets in your local arts centre, gallery, museum or similar venue that would be great. 

Drop us a line at or telephone 01384 399 410 and we will send you posters/leaflets. We also have them as pdfs that we can email.

Art in Action
The Glass Festival team will be at Art in Action in Oxfordshire again this year (19 – 22 July). For those of you who have not been before, it is a fantastic event and well worth a visit. Visit our website for 2 for 1 entry offer. We'll be in the Glass Tent, so please drop by and say hello.

Get Involved
There is still time to get involved and volunteer for the Festival – please contact us on if you can spare a few days or just a few hours. 


Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair returns to Manchester from 4 to 7 October showcasing the latest work by some of the UK’s most exciting designer-makers. 

Voted Small Tourism Event of the Year at the 2011 Manchester Tourism Awards, this is a unique opportunity to buy direct from 150 selected makers in textiles, wood & furniture, lighting, mixed media, metal, jewellery, glass, ceramics, basketry and paper.  Visit the website for more information.