5,000 Years of Glass In 3 Hours, comprises three hour-long sessions with appropriate breaks for refreshments and lunch. Employing his distinctively light, humorous and spontaneous approach, Andy guides participants though the ages of glass. He displays the contents of several packing cases full of examples from his 30,000-piece collection and encourages those attending to bring along their own glass possessions for discussion and appraisal.
The separate sessions are:
1: The Introduction:
A: The Dawn of Glass, how it was first made in the Middle East around 4000BC.
B: How glass has changed the world in architecture, science, transport, communications, etc.
C: The spread of glass to Venice, then across Europe to Britain.
2: Georgian & Victorian Glass:
This session examines the growth of fine glassmaking across Europe, but most specifically in Britain, between 1700-1900.
3: 20th Century Glass:
The 20th century witnessed the greatest transformation in the role of decorative glass since it was first formed 6,000 years ago. Historically, glassware had been the preserve of the wealthy but industrialisation, improving technologies and the enrichment of the working classes combined a point where it was given away free at petrol filling stations. This talk examines the emergence of new but significant glassmaking nations and the stylistic development of what was known as ‘fancy glass’ over the course of the 20th century.