CARNIVAL GLASS SOCIETY EXHIBITION AT STOURBRIDGE GLASS MUSEUM
CARNIVAL GLASS SOCIETY 40TH ANNIVERSARY
EXHIBITION AT STOURBRIDGE GLASS MUSEUM
SATURDAY 8 APRIL TO SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2023
Celebrating the Beauty, Creativity and Ingenuity of Carnival Glass - Displays, Events, Talks
Carnival glass is pressed glass, that is usually patterned and often hand finished to obtain different shapes, then iridised to create an 'oil on water' effect so that, whatever the colour of the base glass, the surface reflects back a myriad of tones and hues.
In this exhibition we travel through time from the inspirations and early years of carnival glass making to the current day. We look at shapes, colours, patterns, iridescence, makers and moulds as we explore the physical beauty of carnival glass which can only be fully appreciated when seen in real life.
Underpinning the exhibition is a ‘Stourbridge Success Story’ as we follow the journey of Harry Northwood and his cousin, Thomas Dugan, who travelled from Stourbridge to America where they set up companies making carnival glass that was developed to bring a little bring iridised luxury into the homes of everyday working people.
These pioneers helped sparked a craze for carnival glass which led to its manufacture in other countries, spreading the legacy of Stourbridge’s glass making creativity and expertise worldwide.
Exhibition Talks, Events and Activities
TWO TALKS ON THE STOURBRIDGE GLASSMAKING PIONEERS
10 June: Arthur Nash - From Stourbridge to Long Island, presentation by Gillian Berry, Arts and Heritage Manager, Haworth Gallery, on Stourbridge Chemist Arthur Nash who travelled to America where he was instrumental in producing Tiffany's iridescent 'Favrile' glass. LEARN MORE/BOOK
15 July: Carnival Glass Titans, presentation by James Measell, Author and Historian at the Fenton Art Glass Company, looks at the journey of Stourbridge glassmaker Harry Northwood and his cousin Thomas Dugan who travelled to America where they set up companies producing carnival glass, aimed at making this iridescent luxury affordable for all. LEARN MORE/BOOK
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The Carnival Glass
The glass on display in the exhibition will be selected from the Stourbridge Glass Museum’s exceptional 900 piece Notley-Lerpinière Carnival Glass Collection that was donated to Dudley Council by the Carnival Glass Society’s founders, Ray Notley and Michel Lerpinière, in 1985.
This will be supplemented by items from other sources, including the Carnival Glass Society’s Anthony and Maureen Ward Collection, to create a spectacular and colourful display of carnival glass from around the world and from across the ages.
Many of the items on display are rare and have not been displayed in UK before so do please join us at the Stourbridge Glass Museum for this exceptional carnival glass exhibition.
Exhibition Location & Opening Times
The Carnival Glass Society's Special 40th Anniversary Exhibition will be held from 8 April to 5 November 2023 at the Stourbridge Glass Museum, High Street, Wordsley, Stourbridge,
The museum is open every day, except Mondays, from 10.30 to 16.30.
Includes exhibition displays, glass making, activities and museum shop where you can buy carnival glass.
Visit the museum's website
www.stourbridgeglassmuseum.org.uk for information on its opening times and how to get there.