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

Glass Circle Diary Dates - Meetings



Glass Circle lecture season 2018



Next meeting : 7.15pm 15th March 2018

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

Refreshments from 6.30pm)

Caroline Weidman:
Soft Glass Sculpture  -  The Figure


 For Caroline it's been a  lifelong journey exploring sculptural forms, from paper to stone and now glass: from non representational large scale installations to small figurative lampwork sculpture in soft glass. 

 Journeying to both Lauscha and Murano, Caroline has sought insight and understanding into the traditions, materials, tools and techniques associated with creating soft glass sculpture. More recently she has discovered connections with traditional seaside lampworkers by entertaining visitors to the studio, with both live demonstrations and the finished work. Street entertainer or serious artist? For Caroline it's always been about light, falling on and through the forms, but with glass, for the first time, it's also about expressive movement, storytelling and colour.

 Caroline studied Fine Art at Birmingham, graduating in 1983. In 2004 she began working with glass. From her studio in Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay, Essex, Caroline undertakes stained glass commissions and repairs, a full teaching programme and has a small gallery, filled with her lampwork glass jewellery and sculpture.



April Meeting:

David Willars:
Manchester’s Decorative Glass Industry Reappraised
Tuesday, 17th April 2018


  Manchester led the world into the industrial revolution of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Although ‘King Cotton’ was at the heart of the developing metropolis, other manufacturing industries developed and grew to fill the demands of a rapidly rising population.


The decorative glass industry of Manchester grew from the 1820’s when a group of Warrington glassmakers moved twenty miles east and built a high class business using traditional techniques before branching out into new methods, colours and finishes. By the end of the century the glass trade was in rapid decline and any lead held by Manchester was ceded to the larger north-east companies and cheaper imports.     Against this background it is now time to step back and reappraise the contribution made by the Manchester companies to the Victorian decorative glass industry.

 David, who was recently appointed Chairman of the Glass Association, has made a study of the glass industry in the north west since retiring five years ago. 



Members are reminded to advise our meetings organiser Anne Lutyens-Stobbs, in advance, of their intention to attend. Please e-mail or call

07931 516283 or 01245 604518


Lecture Meetings - members of Glass Circle and Glass Association £10 per meeting attended and £15.00 for each guest. (The annual general meeting in the autumn is not subject to an entry charge)

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

(Please give the meeting date, your name, e-mail address and phone number.)

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