Sam Herman (b. 1936) stands at the very centre of the development of the International Studio Glass Movement. He was one of the original pioneers in the US and responsible for its arrival into the UK, inspiring generations of glass artists and helping develop new techniques and styles. He has exhibited throughout the world and his work is held in numerous private and public collections. 

The festival is honoured to host an exhibition of his work featuring glass from the early years right through to contemporary pieces, plus sculptures and paintings that demonstrate Sam's love of colour and form.

In tune with the festival theme of Placemaking, it shows how Sam's work responds to his location by moving through different tonal qualities and use of colour. 

Exhibition dates: 23 - 26 August 2019, 10am - 5pm each day. Free entry.

Official opening by Charles Hajdamach 12 noon Friday 23 August.

The opening will be followed by an opportunity to hear a panel discussion on the early years of British Studio Glass with Sam Herman, artist Karlin Rushbrooke and Paul Woods, chaired by Charles Hajdamach. £5. 

We are grateful to Sam and Joanna Herman for their generous support and time, and to Rollo Campbell, editor of new fantastic book on Sam's life published earlier this year. Copies will be available to purchase during the festival.