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Stourbridge Glass: A History

A good introduction to the subject of Stourbridge Glass. This talk traces the roots of Stourbridge glassmakers back to the 8thC BC, from The Alabastron of Sargon II to their arrival in Stourbridge.  It explores the hot side of the industry, the workings of our unique glass cones and the distinctions between the hot and cold side of the industry. This is a fascinating look at how the geology of Stourbridge shaped its history, its wealth and the health and working lives of its people.

Cameo Glass

What is it? How is it made? How did cameo glass bring fame and fortune to the streets of The Crystal Mile? This talk, starting with the 17thC rediscovery of a lost Roman art form, will show you the challenges faced and the rivalry engendered by the glass dynasties of Stourbridge in their attempts to reproduce Cameo glass. We will follow the story of Stourbridge Cameo from the 1876 reproduction of the Portland Vase, to the present day studio artists continuing development of the craft.

Stourbridge Glassmakers on the Move

Stourbridge glassmakers throughout the centuries have moved on, but where to? And what have they accomplished? This talk explains how Stourbridge glassblowers  rivalled any produced by the Venetians, how their skills revolutionised domestic cookware and how they circumvented obstacles and moved to practice their skills making beautiful bespoke objet-d’art thus seeking their fortunes in some surprising ways and places.

The Role of Women in the Glass Industry

Within the hot working factory conditions it was said that the only limitation to the glassblowers art is ‘the strength in his arm’ and the hot shops were considered at be an all male environment, women were not allowed. Archive sources and ladies who worked in the glass industry have helped uncover a fascinating account of this 'glass ceiling'.  From the 1860's to the present day. This is a revealing talk showing changing attitudes and the struggles between Unions, Management and workers to allow women to do 'men’s work'.

The Magic of Glass

In ancient times glass making was viewed as mysterious and magical, referred to as 'The art feat and mystery of glass'. Glass has clever physical properties, it can easily be recycled and it does not deteriorate with age or use. It is the chemical properties that make it so unique. From architecture to optical glass, from oven ware to radiation - glass is magical.

The French Connection

How is the Black Country linked to the Black Mountains in south-west France? How ere the Stourbridge glassmakers influenced by Emile Galle, Daum Freres and Lalique?This talk will take you on historic quests and share amazing coincidences.

The Art of the Black Country

A talk taking you through old and new art all of it depicting the Black Country and made in the Black Country. Five paintings and five pieces of glass. How and why were they made? What was the inspiration for the artist? What are your thoughts about the pieces?

Handling sessions

This interactive session will introduce the marvellous magical material that is glass, its scientific properties and uses in everyday life as well as a basic introduction to how glass is made and the achievements of the local industry.  This session is ideal for school classes, community or family groups and involves handling glass objects and looking at images. 

Feedback from a recent talk on Women in The Glass Industry:

We all thoroughly enjoyed meeting you last night and found your talk extremely interesting, I'm sure there are still industries where women are still patronised but at least we know the glass industry has moved on !!

I will certainly pass your details on to other groups, you are a most engaging and attractive speaker.

Kind regards,

Hagley Tangent Club

Cost

£39 for the first hour, £19.50 per additional part hour

Mileage charged at 45p per mile

Booking

To make a booking telephone 01384 815571

old view of Wordsley
Old view of Wordsley
Thomas Webb & Sons. cameo vase, late 19th century
Thomas Webb & Sons. vase
Workers at Webb Corbett pose for a christmas period picture, possibly late 20s/early 30's
Webb Corbett cutting shop
arade of the Loyal Association in Dudley Castle Courtyard, 9th August 1798
Parade at Dudley Castle, Thomas Phillips
Huntingtree
Outreach at Huntingtree