At the height of the glass industry most people, whatever their social standing, walked to work. As a result, close by the glass factories, grew up a vast range of housing types and places of public entertainment, catering for all classes. Based on the 1901 census, this walk looks at how Amblecote’s wealthy and no so-wealthy lived cheek by jowl. Read more
The programme lists everything that was current at the time of going to print and new events are being added as we get closer to August. Do keep coming back and checking what's new.
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Below is a selection of events and workshops that require booking in advance, plus many others to whet your appetite for August! You can book onto courses and get tickets for performances. Entry into lectures, demonstrations and some events at the Ruskin Glass Centre are free with your Festival Pass, which can be purchased here.
Please note: if you want to book onto more than one event in the Ruskin Glass Centre unfortunately you have to pay for each separately. Huge apologies for this - we are working with the web designers to rectify this issue. We know it is irritating.
In addition to these listed below there are family friendly activities throughout the Stourbridge Glass Quarter across all four days.
A wonderful introduction to the art of glassblowing with experienced artist, Martin Andrews,. Three hour sessions available each day.Read more
Have a go at making your own glass tile. Places available - advance booking required.
Did you know that we put nuclear waste in glass? Have you ever wondered how a nuclear power station works and how we get electricity from it? Is it safe?
Hands-on exhibition: Friday and SaturdayRead more
A choice of workshops and drop in sessions with Jacqueline Cooley each day.Read more
Graham Fisher: Jewels on the Cut. Book Launch and Canal Path Tour
Since its launch in 2010 Jewels on the Cut has established itself as the definitive guide to exploring the Stourbridge Glass industry from the perspective of the canal towpath that runs right through it. Read more
Help create a new mosaic for the Webb Corbett Visitor Centre with fabulous mosaic artist Caroline Jariwala during the International Festival of Glass. The workshops run each day and are free but booking ahead is recommended.Read more
Join members of CGS and artists for the opening of the Contemporary Glass Society exhibition: Celebrations. This is a very collectable selection of work by 138 artists ranging in price from £50 to £200.
The opening is always extremely popular, so make sure you arrive on time to bag your favourite piece.Read more
Stone carving for Beginners with Philip Potter
Workshops in stone letter cutting and relief carving using Portland limestone with Philip Potter ARBSA. Half and full day sessions offered.Read more
Simon Bruntnell will show participants specialist but simple techniques for photographing glass and other 3D objects, the basic equipment needed, cameras, lenses, lighting, tripods, props, digital shooting and outputting file types for magazines and the internet, as well as how to create a digital file and basic retouching techniques.
Julie Coakley is a totally blind and profoundly deaf artist specialising in glass. She has developed a unique way of creating 3D glass sculptural drawings containing over 100 individual elements of glass. Julie will be demonstrating her preworking techniques using memory, imagination as well as electronic gadgets such as colour readers to assist in her work. Read more
The ever-popular Bead Fair returns to the Bonded Warehouse with a glistening selection of beads, materials, jewellery and equipment. Fine unique pieces to purchase or take home to make yourself.
Saturday and SundayRead more
Amblecote Churchyard is the last resting place of a wide range of glass workers, ranging from master craftsmen to humble labourers. This walk looks at monuments to a cross section of those who worked in the glass industry; including famous Bohemian artists.Read more