Dartington Glass: I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles!

2006 saw the 40th anniversary of Dartington Glass, one of the UK’s only surviving independent glass companies. To commemorate this event, Graham Cooley exhibited hundreds of pieces of Dartington Glass dating from 1967 into the 1990s from his private collection. In conjunction with that, I wrote and published a book with Eve Thrower, the daughter of their chief designer Frank Thrower MBE, who sadly died in 1987.
An hour long documentary on the company, the man behind it, and the designs he produced was also filmed, and sponsored by the Glass Association. Filmed by Nigel Edwards of inHouse Productions, who also produced the Fat Lava short film and DVD, it was sold on DVD and has been broadcast three times on Sky Arts.
It includes interviews with Graham Cooley, almost certainly the UK’s most important and influential 20thC design collector, Charles Hajdamach, esteemed glass historian and specialist, Franks’ daughter Eve Thrower, Peter Robinson, Dartington’s Sales Director from the late 1960s-80s, glass designer and Frank’s mentor Ronald Stennett-Willson, and Hilary Green, chief designer at Dartington today. I’m delighted to say that you can now see a short, six minute compilation from the longer film on youtube by clicking here, or viewing the link below.
If you’d like to buy my book Frank Thrower & Dartington Glass for £12 plus postage and packing, please email evethrower@hotmail.com. If you’d like to buy the full film on DVD for £12 plus postage and packing, please contact the Glass Association by clicking here.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, make yourself comfortable as the film begins…

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