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.