The Cambridge Glass Fair
three hundred years of collectable glass in one day
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To celebrate 40 years of Dartington Crystal the foyer exhibition will showcase the work of Frank Thrower. He was one of the most important post-war British designers and his work is currently undergoing a major reappraisal.Eve Thrower and Mark Hill will be selling copies of their book, 'Frank Thrower & Dartington Glass', which has been produced to accompany the exhibition of the private collection of Dr Graham Cooley, which is taking place at Great Torrington in Devon this summer. This book is
Frank Thrower was born in 1932 in London. After leaving school he took a number of jobs before going to work in 1953 as a travelling salesman for J. Wuidart & Co. Ltd, important importers of Scandinavian glass and ceramics. Frank spent much of his time working with managing director Ronald Stennett-Willson who also designed glassware for the company. His time at Wuidart exposed him to the best of Scandinavian design. It fired his enthusiasm and he became interested in the design process.
In 1960 he moved to Grays, a Stoke on Trent pottery, where he ran the company sales. He very successfully sold their Portmeirion ware and imported Swedish glass. He then started to produce glassware designs, including the simple, solid 'Victoria' goblet. These were manufactured in Sweden.In 1967, at the height of the swinging sixties, Dartington Glass opened in Torrington, Devon, with Frank as designer and sales director. The 'Victoria' suite continued to be produced as well
Frank Thrower died in 1987.
The Cambridge Glass Fair exhibition will be situated, as usual, in the foyer alongside where Mark Hill and Eve Thrower will be signing copies of their book. The main part of the exhibition will feature much of the collection of Jacqui Olive.
Frank's son, the engraver and artist Kim Thrower, whose designs were used on some of the Dartington packaging, will also be attending the fair.
• FT35 sunflower floor vases
• FT52 head vases
• FT23 rectangular vases
• FT4 decanter