three hundred years of collectable glass in one day

The Cambridge Glass Fair

welcome to the 23rd
cambridge glass fair

visitor information

 

The 23rd Cambridge Glass Fair was held on Sunday 23rd February 2014 at Linton Village College, Cambridge Road, Linton CB21 4JB. The fair was open from 10.30am until 4.00pm.

*Please note: next fair date TBA.*

To view a video made at a recent fair and posted on YouTube please click here.

Linton Village College is situated on the A1307 on the outskirts of Linton, just a mile or so from Chilford Hall and a few miles south east of the City of Cambridge with its colleges and lively arts scene. Click here for directions by road or public transport

The Cambridge Glass Fair is more than just that - it is an event which brings together around 80 exhibitors
Postcard for 22nd fair.

Postcard for 23rd
Cambridge Glass Fair

from across the U.K. and Europe.

Originally founded along with the respected collector and glass expert Dr. Graham Cooley, this fair offers the ideal opportunity to find both antique glass and contemporary studio work; glass from all eras and to suit all tastes. If your preference is for Georgian drinking glasses you will find many knowledgeable specialists, if you are interested in the Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods you will be amply catered for by several quality exhibitors and if you lean toward modernist collectables and art glass you will be spoilt for choice.

At the Cambridge Glass Fair we continually endeavour to improve the visitors’ experience. We were the first one-day fair to introduce regular exhibitions presenting both loan collections and previously overlooked areas of glass to our visitors.

Our promotional postcards were another real innovation and have become collectors’ items in their own right.

We have offered visitors the opportunity to meet some well-known personalities including Eric Knowles, Sam Herman, Andy McConnell and Mark Hill and we have hosted several book launches and selling exhibitions. The Stained Glass Museum from Ely cathedral are also regular exhibitors.

‘Femme nue au bras tendu’ by Etling, France.

The venue has free parking and refreshments can be found in both the Atrium Cafe where visitors will be able to purchase sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks and also from the new cafe area outside the Old Hall where hot food is available as well.

We have updated our exhibition archive pages and all of the previous foyer exhibitions have now been reinstated. We hope that you will enjoy looking at them and at the 'exhibitor interview' pages where some of our regular exhibitors give an insight into their interest in the world of glass dealing and collecting. Susanne Runacres is the latest contributor to our exhibitor interviews and this can be viewed here.

The foyer exhibition for the February fair was loaned by regular exhibitor Nigel Benson and featured a display of glass from his own collection. The exhibition was entitled 'British Art Deco Glass' and as you can tell by the decanter pictured below, this was a stunning exhibition.

Visitors were able to see and buy studio glass from around twenty contemporary makers and engravers who are always happy to discuss commissions.

Rare enamelled decanter by Keith Murray for Stevens and Williams, c1933.

A regular exhibitor at the fair is Anne Morris who brought some fine pieces of French Art Deco glass along including the Etling sculpture pictured here on the right.

Representatives from Whitefriars.com, the website dedicated to Whitefriars glass and its many enthusiastic collectors, always have a stand at the fair and this time their exhibition was 'The Designs of Harry Powell 1873 - 1920'.

Harry Powell was responsible for a large number of the designs during his time with the glassworks and although a scientist, not trained in the arts, his designs are among the most beautiful of those turned out by Whitefriars if not any English glassworks of the time.

Harry was a great experimenter and he developed and introduced new colours and techniques to the works such as the 'opal' colours. He presided over the glasshouse at a time when their industrial glass was of great importance. He was also a great researcher, drawing inspiration from historical glass and reproducing fine examples.

You can see some of his lovely'Lotus' glasses in the image below. This pattern was designed for the Prince of Siam in 1899 and these examples were loaned by Patrick Hogan.

Whitefriars.com members hope this exhibition gave fairgoers and fellow collectors the chance to see a few cabinets filled with early designs, glass around a hundred years old, and perhaps gave some people their first chance to see a large collection like this together.

The exhibition was located in the foyer outside the Old Hall.

Members of the Forum were on hand and delighted as always to meet other collectors and to answer questions.

Details of all of the previous Whitefriars.com exhibitions can be found by clicking on 'Whitefriars.com' on the menu bar.

You can often follow collectables expert and author Mark Hill on Twitter as he goes around our fairs, finds

Lotus glasses

pieces of interest and chats to the exhibitors.

Andy McConnell, the Antiques Roadshow glass expert, also attends the fair. Both he and Mark are always delighted to meet visitors and to talk about anything to do with glass.

The Glass Association are represented at the fair and pleased to talk about their work and to welcome new members where appropriate.

The Contemporary Glass Society also attends the fair and are very pleased to meet enthusiasts and new members.

The Guild of Glass Engravers are also frequently represented and enjoy meeting friends both old and new.

For paperweight enthusiasts, in addition to the several specialist dealers who attend the event, the Paperweight Collectors Circle usually hold an ‘Identification Clinic’ where you are invited to bring along any weights or related items you have questions about or just wish to discuss. This is an excellent opportunity to find out about weights you have tucked away at home that you may have bought, inherited or perhaps received as gifts.

'Spectrum Pi Bowl' by Bob Crooks available from A Heart of Glass.

The superb piece of contemporary glass pictured to the left is by the well known glass artist Bob Crooks and this was available along with many other fabulous items from exhibitors 'A Heart of Glass' who can be found in the Old Hall.

Another regular exhibitor at the fair is Ely Stained Glass Museum. Based in Ely Cathedral, the museum is well worth visiting, and you can find out more and also purchase small items from their stand in the hallway leading to the Library and Staff Room where you will find many other exhibitors.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the February 2013 Visitor Survey £50 prize draw was C. McConnell from Lancashire.

We will continue to innovate and to develop the fair, and to that end we have lots of good things in store. Come along and join us at the next event or maybe make a weekend of it.

For those of you travelling by public transport we have listed some local taxi firms and are happy to put visitors in touch with each other if they wish to share the fare. If you would like further information please click here.

If glass is your passion, we at the Cambridge Glass Fair will ensure that you can indulge it to the full and have a wonderful time.

If you are unable to visit the Cambridge Glass Fair you may like to know that we also organise the National Glass Fair, the next one of which will take place on Sunday May 11th 2014.

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