The Glass Circle - a society for the information, appreciation and understanding of ancient, antique, modern and contemporary glass.  

Glass Circle Diary Dates - Meetings







6th March 2014: Medieval Stained Glass - Ian Freestone

12th April 2014: Visit to Higgins Gallery Bedford

Tuesday 10th June 2014 - details to follow

Tuesday meeting 13th May 2014:

'Júlia Báthory' - John P. Smith

  Júlia Báthory (1901–2000) was a fine designer, teacher, and engraver, in an almost entirely male environment, who devoted her whole life to glass, and who would have been widely acknowledged during her life time, were it not for the political situation in middle Europe during the second half of the 20th century.

  Born into a well-to-do family near Budapest, she studied art in Budapest and Munich (Staatschule für Angewendte Kunst), where she became interested in glass decoration and design. In 1930, she exhibited in Paris with Imre Huszár, Art Deco sculptor and one of the members of UAM (Union des Artistes Moderne), and decided to move there. We are fortunate that she shared an apartment with a photographer André Kertés. Original glass plates still survive—as do original drawings, plans, and designs—made by Báthory herself. She designed engraved glass panels for buildings and vases for the likes of Chanel. She had her own exhibitions and even designed a radio. In Paris in 1933, Báthory built one of the first sandblasting cabinets for deep abrasive, monumental glasswork.

  The paper presented at this lecture explores her life and work. One of Báthory’s step-grandchildren is the joint author of the paper. This talk will be illustrated with original photographs of her work taken throughout her life.

  John P. Smith is currently an independent scholar. Until recently, he was the director of glass for Mallett and Sons (antiques) Ltd., London. Smith is also Chairman of the Glass Circle, London, and is a Fellow at The Corning Museum of Glass. He has also contributed two chapters in 5,000 Years of Glass, published by The British Museum.





Lecture Meeting Place: The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

Members are reminded to advise the Secretary, in advance, of their intention to attend.

Please note: Lecture Meetings (May, June 2014) - members £10 per meeting attended and £15.00 for each guest.

If you are not a member and would like to attend a meeting please email for further information.

(Please give the meeting date, your name, email address and phone number.)

Future dates in 2014:

Tuesday 13th May, Tuesday 10th June

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