SHOUT-OUT to Glass Artists and Students For ‘Where in The World’

Hello, my name is Kate Round, and I am part of the design team working on some of the permanent interactive displays for our new Glass Museum in Stourbridge. Website: https://www.britishglassfoundation.org.uk/home/white-house-cone/ One project will be a map of the world that will illustrate ‘Where Have Our Glass-makers Gone’. I cannot display actual pieces, but images willContinue reading “SHOUT-OUT to Glass Artists and Students For ‘Where in The World’”

Meet the Designers

In this blog I would like to tell you how art and design developed in glassware;  and introduce you to some of the 20th Century designers, both in house and commissioned who made sure that Stuart Crystal Products were both desirable and at the forefront of fashion. The elements of good design are functional, practical, ergonomic,Continue reading “Meet the Designers”

Glassmaker’s Tools

Glassmakers Shift Pattern, Pay and tools – Part II Glass making in Stourbridge in the century from the 1850’s was a flourishing and extremely successful industry, with many family-run businesses. Names that we remember that have now long gone from our streets, Stuart Crystal, Royal Brierley Crystal, (Stevens & Williams), Webbs, Corbett’s, Richardsons, to nameContinue reading “Glassmaker’s Tools”

Glassmakers, their strange shift pattern, and pay

The strange shift system worked by glassmakers was known as a Journey and divided into Turns and Moves. The pay system was complicated, and production was capped by Flint Glassmakers Union, to ensure that workers earned a minimum wage for their skills. The innovative use of hand-made tools, and a proficiency in mental arithmetic, ensuredContinue reading “Glassmakers, their strange shift pattern, and pay”

Stourbridge Glassmakers – On the Move

The White House Cone glass museum represents over 400 years of the history, artistry and heritage of the Stourbridge Glassmaking Industry; the collections and archives are now on the move to this new vanguard museum built on the site of the Stuart Crystal Whitehouse Glass Cone. Likewise, the glassmakers throughout the centuries have moved on,Continue reading “Stourbridge Glassmakers – On the Move”

Cameo Glass

What is it? How is it made? And how did cameo glass bring fame and fortune to the streets of The Crystal Mile? This talk will take you to the Cameo gallery in The White House Cone Glass Museum and, starting with the 17thC rediscovery of a lost Roman art form, will show you theContinue reading “Cameo Glass”

Women in the glass industry

The White House Cone Glass Museum is custodian of many thousands of pieces of glassware reflecting the skills and artistry of glassblowers, designers, and decorators from the Stourbridge area for over 400years. It reflects the industrial efforts from such world-renowned makers as Richardson’s, Stuart Crystal, Royal Brierley Crystal and Webb Corbett’s. Yet how many piecesContinue reading “Women in the glass industry”

Glass Decorating, Stuart Crystal at The Red House Glass Cone

Glass Decorating, Stuart Crystal at The Red House Glass Cone. The hot side of the industry in the Red House Glass Cone was where the glass was blown and shaped. The annealed pieces left the shrower washed and inspected for quality as a blank, ready for the cold side of the industry, where some ofContinue reading “Glass Decorating, Stuart Crystal at The Red House Glass Cone”

Making Glass

Stuart Crystal Tableware was made here at The Red House Glass Cone for over 150 years. The fine lead crystal was hand-blown and crafted by skilled glass-makers to Stuart’s own secret composition; thus, ensuring consistent quality. The lead content in the melt was unique to each glasshouse and guaranteed a constant weight and brilliance inContinue reading “Making Glass”