I’m delighted that my new Caithness Glass book has received some great reviews lately. Lesley Jackson, the eminent design historian, curator, and author, has just reviewed it for the Crafts Council‘s prestigious ‘Craft’ magazine and said ‘”Mark Hill has done the design world a valuable service in recording the history of Caithness Glass and the intriguing if hitherto mysterious figure behind this pioneering firm, Domhnall ÓBroin… The best designs date from 1960-66 when ÓBroin was in charge; they stand out a mile. …Hill focuses on the ÓBroin era, although, because the book is aimed at collectors, he documents the firm’s later history and output as well. The text is clear and informative…”.
Dr Alistair Mair, the Managing Director & Chairman of Caithness Glass from 1971-2002 said, “It’s a very impressive production…the photography is really first class. Graham Cooley’s exhibition and your excellent book are very impressive memorials to the history of the company. Many congratulations…“. Sticking with those who worked at the company, Gordon Hendry, a leading sandblaster and designer from 1975-2007, said, “Thank you for all the time and work you’ve obviously poured into Loch, Heather & Peat, which arrived in the post today and looks fantastic. The book is an excellent record and overview of so much work…“.
Finally, Emer ÓBroin, daughter of Domnhall ÓBroin, the company’s co-founder and highly influential first designer, said “It was a real pleasure to read ‘Loch, Heather & Peat’ from cover to cover… It is the ultimate book for Caithness Glass lovers and collectors… Mark’s meticulous research included interviews with key people associated with the company including early factory workers. He was able to correctly identify the various designers over the history of Caithness Glass… The book has amazing colour photographs by leading glass photographer Graham Rae that really show the evolution of the glass and the company… The book is well organized into sections so that collectors can easily to find what they are looking for… understand what they have and when it was produced.“.
So why not find out what they’re all raving about by clicking here to buy a copy?
Exhibition-wise, the great news is that you can still see Graham Cooley’s ground-breaking exhibition. It’s now on display at the Perth Museum & Art Gallery, in the Scottish city that was home to the company from 1979-2007. You can see a panorama shot of what’s waiting for you, until it closes on 1st October, above. Then, from 12th November 2011 until 25th February 2012, you can see the same exhibition at the revitalised and renewed King’s Lynn Arts Centre in Norfolk.
Caithness Glass looks set to become increasingly sought-after and collectable over the next few years, so get involved early as values look set to rise!