Glass engraving exhibition to run in Stourbridge

09th August 2012 - Fine Cut

A glass engraving exhibition is to be held in Stourbridge's Red House Glass Cone and will feature artefacts which are set to take pride of place in Downing Street, stourbridgenews.co.uk reports.

The '21st Century Engraved Glass' exhibition will gather together some of the best engravings from contemporary/traditional artists covering a vast array of designs, styles and techniques.

One of the most highly-prized exhibits will be The Number Ten Collection, which is soon to be installed in Downing Street; to be enjoyed by the current and future prime ministers.

The collection comprises 42 different tumblers, carafes and jugs. All of these have been engraved with the images and insignia of Britain's architectural heritage.

Among the famed landmarks represented in precision engraving on the glassware are St Paul's Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Eden Project. In a reminder of the area's rich engraving heritage, some will also be adorned with images of Stourbridge's Red House Glass Cone.

The artists which contributed to the designs include Virginia Bliss, Tony Gilliam, Tracey Sheppard, Sandra Snaddon and the late Hilary Virgo.

Visitors to the exhibition will be the only ones to see the collection, as they are not set to be displayed anywhere else before they are presented to Number Ten in October.

The exhibition will run from August 13th - October 7th and entry is free, ifg.org.uk reports.

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