We are currently working on a new bespoke stained glass commission for the entrance-way of a clients period property in Grasmere in the Lake District National Park. Taking inspirational cues from the arts and crafts movement, the glazing at The Ivy and the work of Bridget Riley, the commission called for something very special in terms of raw sheet glass with the client particularly keen for it to contain streaks of colour. And so we found ourselves making a trip down to Alvechurch in Birmingham to hand select a quantity of mouth-blown cylinder glass from the English Antique Glass Co.
While we were there we were very fortunate to be able to watch EAG’s Master Glass Blower and his team forming the glass cylinders; a wonderful process of craftsmanship and alchemy to witness first hand and one that produces stunning glass in terms of colour, movement and sparkle. The English Antique Glass Co are the only company in Britain still forming sheet glass by this method.
The commission is currently in production and will feature in a later post but here we have a number of images of the glass blowing process in action.