three hundred years of collectable glass in one day
The new Glass Fair @ Ickworth will be held at Ickworth House, Horringer, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5SA, 2019 date TBA. The fair will be open from 10.30am until 5.00pm.
This is exciting news for the glass collecting fraternity and for those interested in this fascinating medium - or for anyone who is just interested in beautiful things.
Ickworth House is a Georgian Italianate palace set in an idyllic English landscape and is a grand place for a truly entertaining day out - and it now has the added bonus of the opportunity to meet some of the UK's most knowledgeable and enthusiastic glass specialists.
From fine Georgian drinking glasses through to contemporary studio pieces, there will be something to suit most tastes and pockets.
A fair like this provides the perfect opportunity to handle items and to learn more about them.
The fair will be held in the Gallery in the West Wing which is accessible via the lift or stairs. There are three cafés and a shop - and also a plant and garden centre near the extensive car park!
Ickworth's impressive Rotunda - a magnificent showcase commmissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his priceless treasures collected on tours around Europe in the 18th century - is an architectural marvel. For 200 years the eccentric, and sometimes infamous, Hervey family added to the treasures inside and out, also creating the earliest Italianate garden in England. The exquisite craftmanship of the finest Huguenot silversmiths is breathtaking, and you can follow the family's history through outstanding portraits by Gainsborough, Hogarth and Reynolds.
We at Specialist Glass Fairs are especially pleased to be able to bring another event to East Anglia after several years' absence following the loss of Chilford Hall in Cambridgeshire. We are looking forward to welcoming you to this prestigious National Trust venue where you can enjoy walking in the beautiful parkland and gardens after visiting the fair.
If they wish, visitors also have the opportunity to look around the house.
Entry to the fair, house and grounds is free to National Trust members, or for non-members, entry to the fair and grounds is £8.10 for adults, children half price.Click here for directions by road or public transport.
The original Cambridge Glass Fair was founded in 2002 along with the respected collector and glass expert Dr. Graham Cooley. It was based at Chilford Hall for most of its duration until the venue was sadly destroyed by fire in 2012.
These specialist fairs offer 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. Paperweights and jewellery are also major features.
At the Glass Fairs 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. However, we have decided that it is time for a change and have now discontinued the postcards, so hang on to your collections!
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 has also been a regular exhibitor in the past selling some fabulous medieval and Victorian glass set into leadwork which can be hung in windows to catch the sun, as well as more modern stained glass.
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. Contemporary glass artist Jilly Cunningham is the latest contributor to our exhibitor interviews and this can be viewed here.
His most recent book on the subject, Sklo: Czech Glass Design from the 1950s-70s, is a considerably revised and enlarged version of his first ground-breaking book, Hi Sklo Lo Sklo, which was published in 2008 and sold out two years later.
At the last Knebworth fair, held in February this year, the exhibition was of Powell/Whitefriars cloudy glass and loaned by Graham Hudson, one of our regular exhibitors. You can find out more on the Foyer Exhibition page. The display is usually located in the annexe off Hall 1.
Andy McConnell, the Antiques Roadshow glass expert, also attends the fair. Both he and Mark Hill are always delighted to meet visitors and to talk about anything to do with glass.
The Glass Association, Contemporary Glass Society, Guild of Glass Engravers and Paperweight Collectors Circle are often represented at our fairs and pleased to talk about their work and to welcome new members where appropriate.
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' under 'Exhibitions1' on the menu bar.
Visitors are able to see and buy studio glass from a number of contemporary makers and engravers who are always happy to discuss commissions. Artists attending include Stephen Foster, an example of whose Aquatic series is shown bottom right, Twists Glass, Anne Arlidge, Vic Bamforth and Alison Sherratt.
At the Knebworth fair we are fortunate to host a glassblowing
demonstration by E&M Glass. Ed and Margaret Burke are seasoned glass artists and their fascinating demos are a joy to watch. They are located in the covered walkway between the restaurant and the Knebworth shop.
We will continue to develop the fairs 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. At Knebworth you can stay at the Novoteljust outside the Park and at Ickworth there is a luxury hotel on site.
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 Glass Fair will ensure that you can indulge it to the full and have a wonderful time.
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the £50 prize draw for completing the visitor survey form at the 2017 February fair was Ms Diane Oddy from Bury St. Edmunds.
If you are an exhibitor further information about our fairs can be found at specialistglassfairs.com