Mark Hill Publishing Ltd is delighted to announce the publication of an exciting new bookalogue on Caithness Glass. Published to accompany a major travelling exhibition of glass from the Graham Cooley Collection, the book also commemorates the the 50th anniversary of the founding of Caithness Glass in 2011.

Wildly successful in its day, and found in hundreds of thousands of homes across the world, Caithness Glass produced from the 1960s-90s is a hot and rapidly developing collecting area. Until now, the company has been best known by collectors for its paperweights, while the designs that built and maintained the company’s reputation have been largely misunderstood and ignored.

This is now changing, and 20thC design and glass collectors are reappraising the high quality Modernist, and often complex, designs for vases, bowls and decanters by the innovative and progressive designers the company employed. Sure to become renowned, these include new and familiar names such as Domhnall ÓBroin, Charles Orr, Colin Terris, Helen MacDonald, Alastair MacIntosh, and Gordon Hendry.

The past decade has seen an explosion of interest in – and …

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Antiques Roadshow in Manchester

As soon as my talk at Sunday’s Isle of Wight Studio Glass Collectors’ Day was over, I hopped in my car and sped off to catch the ferry back to the mainland. The reason for the unusual rush? The next day was the first day of filming for the 34th series of the Antiques Roadshow, and I had to get to the venue in Manchester. As I arrived after dinner and the tour, my jaw hit the floor as I walked into Manchester Town Hall early on Monday morning. The richly coloured and ornate Victorian Gothic interior is nothing less than splendiferous, and the Ford Madox Brown murals are the crowning glory. And not only of the interior, but of Madox Brown’s career too. Of course, as regular readers of my blog will know, I always enjoy these days immensely. Tiring, yes, but so very rewarding. There’s nothing quite like them. I was also lucky enough to film twice, although you’ll have to wait and see what they were, if they make it through the editing process! Amongst …

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Last weekend I had the great privilege of being invited to talk at the fourth annual ‘Studio Day’ at Isle of Wight Studio Glass. These days are always incredible fun, as well as hugely educational. Everyone is relaxed, the sun is usually shining, and Elizabeth and Timothy Harris, and the entire studio staff, make the perfect warm and welcoming hosts. This year, my experience kicked off early, as I was booked in the afternoon before to make a paperweight under the guidance of master glassmaker Timothy Harris (above). I know Tim well, but I was somewhat nervous, as I have never handled hot glass directly before. All I can say is that my small audience said that my face looked like that of a child on Christmas morning! I’ll write more about this later on, when my paperweight arrives. It was still cooling when I left, so I couldn’t take it with me. The day began with a warm welcome from secondary market specialist Ron & Ann Wheeler of Artius Glass. The 60 guests then made …

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