Welcome to the 7th International Festival of Glass. Since its inception in 2004 the Festival’s aim has been to celebrate and showcase the skill and innovation of the glass industry and makers, both historic and contemporary. This year we sought examples of how glass has been a positive influence in our lives and came across some fantastic projects we wanted to share with you.

Glass for Good

The inspirational Hot Shop Heroes programme in Tacoma, US has been supporting some of America’s wounded soldiers by teaching them to blow glass. Project Leader Patricia Davidson is joining us to share her experience and to help launch a new programme at the Ruskin Glass Centre.

Scientists from the University of Sheffield explain why they put nuclear waste in glass to keep it safe; we try to set a new world record for the longest stretch of fused glass bunting; the Askett Glass Studio team share their positive experience of working collaboratively and you can help make a new mosaic out of glass factory waste unearthed nearby. Storytellers from the famous Crick Crack Club explore the transformative and magical power of glass and Red House Glass Cone is the inspiration for a unique audio-visual installation by artist Andy Garbi: Vitrescence.

We also warmly welcome the newest attraction in the Stourbridge Glass Quarter, the White House Cone museum of glass, which will become home to the famous collection previously exhibited at Broadfield House Glass Museum thanks to the dedicated work of the British Glass Foundation.

We look forward to meeting you in Stourbridge to celebrate one of the most fascinating and diverse art forms around. With trade stands, street theatre, storytelling, narrowboat rides and taster sessions, there with plenty of opportunities for you to get involved and have fun.