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NATIONAL SOCIETIES.The Art Workers Guild Founded originally by the leading lights of the Arts and Crafts movement in the 1890s, the Guild is a society of artists, craftsmen and designers with a common interest in the interaction, development and distribution of creative skills. They represent a variety of views on design and stand for authenticity (irrespective of political and stylistic ideology) in a world increasingly uncertain about what is real. This is a Mecca of historical and present achievement in the field. The Guild of Glass Engravers. Pioneer Society promoting the highest professional standard in engraved glass of all types. Following the outstanding work of David Peace the Guild developed lettering as a high form of decorative art. The international excellence of its members is recognised world wide. The Yanks have nothing to touch it which may be why I have not seen many examples of British work in their museums. The Contemporary Glass Society. A Society which with Peter Layton I was privileged to found and organise its first two annual conferences. It has moved on since then and is a must for those interested in any or all aspects of contemporary glass. Don't miss their website. The British Society of Master Glasspainters. This site is not just for those active in the field. It includes a collection of interesting articles from its past newsletter including London churches with new stained glass. For the real enthusiast there is Caroline Swash's book 14 Stained Glass Walks in London - great value for a tenner. Craft Central, Clerkenwell Green. Keep an eye on this talented group of designer makers, particularly if you interests include jewellery and wheel engraving. Apparently they make good cup cakes too!
TEACHING INSTITUTIONSRoyal College of Art. (Kensington Gore) The only School with furnaces for blowing. Morley College. (Lambeth North) Central St Martins College Of Art. (Holborn) City and Guilds of London Art School. (Kennington)
CATEGORIES OF STUDIO GLASS WORKERS
Studio Glass working in London covers a wide range of activities and techniques, particularly in connection with stained glass and cold working.
Tracking them down, simply by means of a trawl through possible web sites, has proved more difficult than I thought. Several who to my knowledge trained or worked for a time in London, have now moved elsewhere. And although some websites include addresses, others seem determined to preserve anonimity as to their location. This must surely be counter productive as a way of attracting customers or commissions.
Below is a list of the few websites that I have been able to track down. Apart from the Glass Blowers the categories tend to overlap due to the fact that many use more than one decorative technique.