Events During the International Festival of Glass 2017

August 25th -28th


20 People (representing the 20 years) have been invited to create an exhibition with Allister at the White House Cone Museum of Glass.  These artists and professionals are folk that Allister has been lucky enough to either simply cross paths/ collaborate and or work alongside. In addition Allister will be displaying a series of special pieces from his back catalogue. This event is due to take place in August during the International Festival of Glass. 
I am proud to announce that there is a great line up of artists shaping up to show their latest work. 
Simon Bruntnell has now been snapping away at my creations for over 15 years. On the back of his recent success at “Collect” in London I have invited Bruntnell Astley to join the celebrations with a pop up exhibition on the first floor of the museum – This will guarantee that a really diverse range of work will be on show. 
click the image above for a full list of participating artists



at the White House Cone museum of Glass

August 25th -28th  2017  


Since its launch in 2010 B-A has established itself as a major promoter of, and dealer in, the work of artists who use glass as an expressive medium. Stourbridge was, for centuries, a traditional glassmaking area, but, since the demise of the factories has seen a regeneration in glass making through a network of small studios within which predominantly unique pieces are produced. In addition the area is also home to a world renowned collection of glass (currently being rehoused), and educational establishments with a long history of specialisation in glass. While Bruntnell-Astley has naturally reflected the richness of this area in its stable of artists it has always sought to develop a wider, more international profile. The selection criteria adopted by B-A cuts across boundaries to reach only work of great originality and quality. Following its successful presence at Collect 2017, the show planned for August will run as part of the International Festival of Glass (2017) programme. It will help to showcase the new White House Cone museum of glass before Stourbridge`s  historical collection moves in.

The artists in this important show are, true to B-A`s ethos, from disparate backgrounds, and present a variety of approaches to their choice of material. Contributors vary in age and experience, from veteran Keith Cummings, with new works that reflect over half a century of involvement with glass in the Stourbridge area, and his life-time interest in glass casting, to newer artists like Simone Crestani who works in Venice and who presents ground-breaking, large scale  lamp-worked sculptural pieces. Techniques used by the exhibitors vary from those, like glass blowing, which have been used for millennia, to 21st century processes like water-jet cutting, and the resulting variety of form, colour and texture present an overall view of the material, used by a diverse body of artists in artefacts, that represent the very best of contemporary studio glass.


Please note that booking for Events is processed through the Bruntnell Astley website.



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 Programme of Events @ the WHC MOG


Doodle Competition – Drop in each day 10-4 – hot glass studio  – free activity

Open to all ages – “Glass for good – and the loving cup”.

Have a go at creating a unique Loving cup design.

All entries will be judged on Sunday and the Team in the Hot Glass Studio will create the wining design. Winner’s design will be auctioned to raise funds to help preserve our glass heritage.


Friday 25th Aug: Contemporary Glass Day

Hayley Gammon  – Flame working taster sessions AM and PM charges apply

Malcolm Sier on site  (stone carver) whom Allister has collaborated with in the past will be around to talk about his latest body of work – free

Nadia Lammas – kiln former –  Demonstrating the constructing of a piece that has been pre-fired. – free


Hot Glass Studio experience – free admission


Darren Weed  – 10am – 11.00  – followed by a meet the artist talk in the gallery

Jonathan Harris 11.00 -1.00  – Demo followed by a meet the artists talk in the gallery.

Melissa Nicholls 1-2pm hour demo & meet the artist in the gallery.

Elliot Walker & friends!  2 -4pm Demo 



Talks – charges apply follow links for further booking information


Rachel Elliott ‘3D Printing Glass by Hand’ Friday 25th August 11.00am



Dr Vanessa Cutler 1pm ‘Artist and Engineer’

Graham Fisher  – 4.00- 5.00  – update on the BGF and the developing plans for the White House Cone Musuem of Glass


Saturday 25th Aug: Historical Influences


Ayako Tan  – Flame working demonstration – free admission


Hot Glass Studio experience – free admission


Elliot walker and a colleague  -10am -1pm

Mark Taylor and David Hill  – 2 – 4pm Glassmakers producing a range of glass inspired by pieces from eras in the collection.



Simon Bruntnell – Photography workshop Glass & Jewellery 9.30-4.30




Talks By:


Chloe Winter Taylor – 

 4-5pm – update on the BGF’s  developing plans for the White House Cone Musuem of Glass



Charles Hajdamach and Steve Piper Talk “Glass For Good” -

6.30 doors open (7pm start). £20 per ticket

Doors open 6.30 – wine and nibbles


Glass for Good at the White House Cone Museum of Glass





Rock crystal


Charles and Steve intend to unlock some of the secrets of the production of engraved glass and rock crystal. Charles will deliver a lecture with slides about the history of the process – who were the legendary names behind some of the unrepeatable examples in the museums collection and what inspired them. He will be asking Steve how he might approach different styles Steve will be then taking a reproduction (blank made by Allister Malcolm) and decorating a panel showing how labour intensive the process actually was. In a great double act these two experts will compliment each others presentation in an entertaining manor.


The Speaker


Charles R. Hajdamach is one of the top authorities on glass in the country

For 30 years he was in charge of the glass collections at Broadfield House

Glass Museum in Kingswinford which opened in 1980 and quickly became

one of the top glass museums in the world. He has lectured on glass in

America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, Ireland,

Belgium and Germany He also writes extensively on the subject from

antique to contemporary glass. His two books, ‘British Glass 1800-1914′

published in 1991, and ’20th Century British Glass’ from 2009, remain

the standard works on the subject. In 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the

Society of Glass Technology for services to glass and glassmaking and in

2009 he was elected as Life-President of the Glass Association of which he

was a founder member.


The Master Craftsman

Steve Piper

At the age of 15 Steve started working at Webb Corbett Glassworks which had at the time been acquired by Royal Dolton. During his time at Webb he trained at Dudley College gaining a certificate (grade “A”) in glass design and technology. After 13 years Steve left Royal Doulton to pursue a career as a freelance engraver and has become one of the countries most accomplished engravers of the day.



£20 per ticket – seats currently limited to 80

All proceeds made on ticket sales for the lecture will be donated to The British Glass foundation.

The Blank engraved during this session will remain in the museum collection 

Chloe Winter-Taylor has expressed a wish to have more handling sessions for the public in the White House Cone museum of Glass. Object Handling is an excellent resource providing unique opportunities to touch and study a wide selection of objects similar to those in the galleries. – With rock crystal these finished items can be too precious hand around for the general public to touch. By retaining the item Engraved by Steve Piper and using it in handling sessions it will not only give people a better sensory experience within the museum but it can also be used as part of our museum reminiscence sessions that are aimed at those those suffering with memory loss through dementia and other associated illnesses – and help reconnect and share their memories.



Sunday  26th Aug- Family Orientated Day


James Lethbridge (flame working demonstration) – free


Hot Glass Studio experience – charges apply


Allister Malcolm + Team 

Hand Casting sessions ALL DAY

Pre booked slots – or take your chance! – sessions every 15 minutes




Meet the artists session – free


Stephen Foster  – 1pm in the Bruntnell Astley show



Lecture By Dr Max Stewart on Pate de Verre – charges apply



Monday 27th Aug – Glass for Good


Simon Bruntnell photography “Getting Published” presentation –  Activity room  11.00am charges apply





Meet the Artist sessions – Free


Keith Cummings 1pm in the Bruntnell Astley Show

Lynn Baker 2pm  in the Exhibition



Hot Glass studio experience – free entry


Vic Bamforth  - Loving cup (Glass for Good Theme) 10- 12

Competition Winner  – loving cup – doodle – manufactured by the studio team.

Lynn Baker 12 – 2 pm

Georgia Redpath – 2-4pm kiln casting effects come to the hot glass studio!