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”

Stourbridge Glassmakers their History and their Legacy

I tell of the growth of our glass industry from Medieval Forest Glass and the integration of expert Hugenot glassmakers, from the development of discrete industries making everything from utility bottles, glasses, and windows to the fine crystal tableware for which Stourbridge is renowned. Why did the industry diversify? How did the revolution of regulation,Continue reading “Stourbridge Glassmakers their History and their Legacy”

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”

Stourbridge Glass – A History

From forest glass making to industrial furnaces This talk is a good introduction to the subject of Stourbridge Glass, and traces the roots of Stourbridge glassmakers back to the 8thC BC, from The Alabastron of Sargon II to their arrival in Stourbridge. We explore the hot side of the industry, the workings of our uniqueContinue reading “Stourbridge Glass – A History”