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We are pleased to announce that the next Cambridge Glass Fair will be held on Sunday 22nd February 2015 at its new venue, Knebworth House, Stevenage SG1 2AX. The fair will be open from 10.30am until 4.00pm.

Knebworth Barns

One of England’s most beloved stately homes, Knebworth House is famous worldwide for its rock concerts and also as the home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton. This beautiful 500-year old gothic mansion, with its turrets, domes and gargoyles silhouetted against the sky, is situated 29 miles north of London just off the A1(M) at Stevenage so is very convenient and easily accessible. The fair will be held in the Knebworth Barns, a complex made up two 400 year old tithe barns, the Manor and the Lodge, plus the Cobbold and Lytton Barns, two brand new oak structures which were completed in September 2011.

The licensed restaurant in the Garden Terrace Barn has seating for 76 guests and serves a variety of hot and cold snacks, freshly-prepared sandwiches, homemade cakes, tea, coffee and much more.The venue has extensive free parking.

 

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

This is an exciting development for the Cambridge Glass Fair which has been looking for a new permanent home since fire destroyed Chilford Hall in 2012.

The Cambridge Glass Fair is an event which brings together around 80 exhibitors whose stock covers a wide variety of glass of all ages and genres.

Originally founded along with the respected collector and glass expert Dr. Graham Cooley, this fair offers the

Promotional leaflet for next Cambridge Glass Fair

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.

The promotional postcards which were a feature of the original fair 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 have also been regular exhibitors in the past.

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. Steven Lewis is the latest contributor to our exhibitor interviews and this can be viewed here.

Peter Wheeler for Whitefriars

The exhibition for the February fair will be a display of Whitefriars glass featuring the Studio Range designs of Peter Wheeler. These were only produced in 1969/70 and are consequently quite scarce. This display will be loaned jointly by Ollie Barrett-James and the fair organisers from their personal collections. You can see one of the 'Peacock' pieces from the exhibition in the image to the left.

Although there will no longer be a 'Whitefriars.com' exhibition details of all of the previous exhibitions can be found by clicking on 'Whitefriars.com' on the menu bar.

Visitors will again be able to see and buy studio glass from a number of contemporary makers and engravers who are always happy to discuss commissions. These include Elliot Walker, a talented glass artist whose work is featured on the fair's promotional leaflets (shown above right).

You can often follow collectables expert and author Mark Hill on Twitter as he goes around our fairs, finds 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 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 right is by the well-known glass artist Bob Crooks and this is typical of the quality items always available from 'A Heart of Glass' along with several other exhibitors who specialise in studio glass.

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 23rd November 2014.

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