The Festival is a unique opportunity to see the most talented glass artists from the UK and overseas demonstrate their glass making skills in a variety of techniques. There is a huge wealth of demonstrations taking place across all Festival venues over the four days.

The Stourbridge area has been a major glassmaking centre for over 400 years and there is still a thriving industry in Stourbridge today. During the Festival, the glass and craft artists based across the Quarter will be opening their studio doors: visit them at the new White House Cone museum of glass, the Ruskin Glass Centre and Webb Corbett Visitor Centre, home to 21 craft and retail businesses and an organic café, and Red House Glass Cone, one of only four cones left in the UK, with 12 designer-maker studios, a hot glass studio and the Red Cone Coffee House.

Demonstration Highlights

Ruskin Glass Centre

There will be plenty of opportunities to see glassblowing in action with a packed scheduled featuring wondrous Martin Janecky, Ondrej Novotny and Emil Kováč from the Czech Republic (Martin can take seven hours to make one of his figurative pieces on the iron), Patricia Davidson from Hot Shop Heroes (USA), and Ian and Vic Bamforth, Stephen Foster and Pete Fricker from the Stourbridge Glassblowing Studio. Nick Baker shows how to make glass beads from waste glass unearthed locally. 

The Glass Hub are bringing their Minimelt furnace from Wiltshire and hosting a rolling programme of demonstrations with guest artists, as well as offering the opportunity for you to make your own unique glass bauble.

Red House Glass Cone

The Guild of Glass Engravers will be demonstrating alongside their exhibition, while the hotshop will hosting a rolling programme.

White House Cone Museum of Glass

Friday: Nadia Lammas, kiln former demonstrating the constructing of a piece that has been pre-fired and Malcolm Sier: stone carver will talk about his latest body of work. The hotshop features: Darren Weed: 10am – 11am, Jonathan Harris: 11am -1pm, Melissa Nicholls: 1pm-2pm, Elliot Walker and friends: 2pm -4pm. 
Saturday: Ayako Tani: Flame working. Hot Glass Studio experiences, Elliot Walker and colleague: 10am -1pm, Mark Taylor and David Hill:  2pm - 4pm. 
Sunday: James Lethbridge: flame working demonstration
Monday: Hot Glass studio experience, Vic Bamforth - Loving Cups 10am – 12 noon, Lynn Baker: 12noon - 2pm, Georgia Redpath: 2pm - 4pm kiln casting effects come to the hot glass studio!

The loving cup and doodle competition winner will also be manufactured by the studio team.

Photo: Martin Janecky