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Come and celebrate this year’s International Festival of Glass at the iconic Red House Glass Cone in Stourbridge’s glass quarter, 23 to 26 August. This festival, the theme is ‘Placemaking’.

Our historic site was constructed at the end of the 18th Century and is the best maintained cone in the country.

You’ll be able to view interesting exhibitions, participate in glass related activities and listen to educative talks in this historic building, which created glass tableware for the ill-fated Titanic.

One of our highlights is the attendance of the fine art auctioneers & valuers, Bonhams.  They will be with us on Sunday 25 August (see below for details).

Over the four day period there’s a lot more happening, so why not have fun with us and celebrate our glorious glass heritage at the International Festival of Glass 2019.

What's on

To book simply ring 01384 812750.  Please note numbers are limited, so please book as soon as possible.

Throughout the weekend

  • Exhibition: The Glass Factory- a new place for innovation of Swedish glass. View our Nordic glass exhibition showing the rise of the Swedish Glass Factory since its inception in 2011.  The museum and glass centre’s remit is to promote creative and innovative develops in the industry.
  • Artisan Studios: the studios will be open to tempt with unique gifts, as well as demonstrations and workshops
  • Live entertainment: including music and street artists
  • Food outlets: food to tempt all tastebuds, including our take on the Great British institution, afternoon tea

Friday

  • Workshop: Creative Glass: My House. Experience the pleasure of creating a unique and gorgeous piece of fused glass based around the theme of ‘My House’.  The 1 ½ hour sessions need to be booked and cost £12 per person.  Suitable for ages 11+.  Times are 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm.  Booking essential
  • Glass Painting: great family fun for children aged 4+. £3.50 per participant.  Drop in any time between 10.30am and 3.30pm.
  • Glassblowing with Ian MacDonald & Chris Day – between 10am and 4pm
  • Glassblowing with Ryan Ashcroft and Tony McCabe – between 4pm and 7pm
  • Black Country Bostin Fittle & Talk: Our own Graham Worton, Keeper of Geology, will be giving a talk about the aspiring UNESCO Black Country geopark project after you have enjoyed a bostin meal of faggots & peas with a glass of wine/beer. £15 per person including meal, 5pm to 7pm.  Booking essential

Saturday

  • Workshop: Creative Glass: Our Place. Experience the pleasure of creating a unique and gorgeous piece of fused glass based around the theme of ‘My House’.  The 1 ½ hour sessions need to be booked and cost £12 per person.  Suitable for ages 11+.  Times are 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm.  Booking essential
  • Glass Painting: great family fun for children aged 4+. £3.50 per participant.  Drop in any time between 10.30am and 3.30pm.
  • Glassblowing with Melissa Nicolls & Pam Martin – between 10am and 5pm
  • A Talk on the Archaeology of Post Medieval Urban Glass Industry in Stourbridge & Dudley: Jayne Pilkington, Senior Conservation Officer, will be providing an insightful talk into the archaeology, history and heritage of the glass industry. Free entry.  2pm to 3pm
  • Mini Fish & Chip Supper with Placemaking Talk: join Dr Kate Round as she give an informative talk about ‘Glassmaking – Our Place in the World’ the overarching theme of this year’s festival. £12 per person including meal & glass of wine/beer.  5pm to 7pm.  Booking essential

Sunday

  • Bonhams Valuation drop in. 11am to 3pm providing valuations on glass, ceramics, clocks, works of art, silver and pictures but NOT jewellery. £2 per item or £5 for 3 items. Maximum of 3 items per person.
  • Glassblowing with Ryan Ashcroft – between 10am and 5pm
  • Glassblowing with Stephen Foster – between 10am and 11.30pm
  • Glassblowing demo and talk with Malcolm Andrews – between 2pm and 2.30pm
  • Talk by Malcom Andrews on His Life As a Glassblower, including Afternoon Tea with the Mercian String Quartet: find out about personal experience within this highly skilled artistry of glassblowing, including a demonstration. £15 per person including boxed afternoon tea (inc tea/coffee/beer/wine).  2pm to 4pm.  Booking essential
  • The Life and Times of the Red House Glass Cone by Glass Specialist, Charles Hajdamach: very insightful talk of the history of glass cones in Britain. £15 per person including Black Country ‘Bostin Fittle & beer/wine.  5pm to 7pm.  Booking essential

Monday

  • Family Fun Day. Enjoy our glass themed trail, try crafts and other activities, all in our family friendly venue.  Entertainment includes children’s entertainer ‘Ron Popple’ with his Punch & Judy show, balloon modelling and general fun  Drop in any time between 10am and 5pm  Jazz band 1pm to 3pm.  Free entry
  • Glassblowing with Charlotte Hughes-Martin and Melissa Nicolls – between 10am and 5pm

You’ll also find that our independent studios will be open, providing you with the opportunity to view artists at work, as well as the chance to buy unique items.

This festival is run in conjunction with local glass quarter partners, so why not visit them during this four day extravaganza?

Further information

Shuttle Bus

We have a courtesy shuttle bus running every 20 minutes from Stourbridge Bus Station (stand J) run by Newbury Travel.  This will run between Stourbridge town centre, Ruskin Glass Centre, The Lace Guild and The Red House Glass Cone. 

Find out more about The Cone, such as opening times etc and about bookable activities.

Find out more about the International Glass Festival as a whole.

Glass quarter designs will also be running glass related workshops. 

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Well behaved dogs allowed.  Food and alcohol available to purchase on site.  You are permitted to bring your own food, but only alcohol purchased on site may be consumed.

We reserve the right to ask anyone behaving irresponsible (including under the influence of alcohol) to leave the site.