It all started just before Christmas with an email from our good chum and supporter Ian Dury who told us: ‘A few weeks ago I was approached by a lady who was formerly an employee of Stuart Crystal. Her 10-yeard old son Sam attends St James Primary School in Wollaston and their end of year project was on local Black Country industrial Heritage. He chose Stuart Crystal and its links with the Titanic and they came to me for some background information. Last week he and his proud Mom reported back to me that Sam’s tutor was so impressed he was awarded 6 points out of a normal maximum of 5. He had made a replica of the Red House Cone two feet tall and with his background written work it was regarded as outstanding. I thought this might be of interest’.
It most certainly is of interest; in promoting Stourbridge Glass for future generations part of our role must also include identifying the next generation of custodians and enthusiasts. This was just too good an opportunity to miss so we made contact with Sam and his family to work out a surprise treat especially for this talented young man.
Allister then took us into his studio where he explained a few principles of glassmaking before then donning Sam in safety gear for a masterclass in how to make the stuff, with Sam very much at the helm. At last, with his dream of blowing glass fulfilled and a glass bauble to take home as a memento, Sam was then presented with a selection of signed books that we very much hope will encourage him to continue his studies. It was, quite simply, all absolutely brilliant and we wonder who was the more excited when Sam and his proud parents turned into bed that night after their truly memorable day.
The Heat Is On
Building and lighting of the new furnace at White House Cone 11 June 2016
The Rise, Fall and Renaissance Of The Glass Industry
Broadcaster Graham Fisher explores glassmaking in Stourbridge then and now. He talks to Charles R Hajdamach a leading authority on British glass and a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology about the rise, fall and renaissance of the industry.