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Glass Sellers meet the Contemporary Glass Society “online”

​Glass Sellers were delighted to welcome Susan Purser Hope and Pam Reekie to tell the story of the Society and its relevance to the Glass Art world today.

The Contemporary Glass Society takes you on a journey from the foundation of the Society almost 25 years ago. Founded in 1997, their objective is to encourage excellence in glass as a creative medium and develop a greater awareness of the contemporary glass world-wide.

We were taken through developments in the British glass scene with an introduction to some of amazing makers who are maybe new to you.
CGS is a non-profit making limited company by guarantee.

The presentation illustrated their response to the pandemic, including the range of online exhibitions that CGS has hosted. How, as a glass community – they have come together in support of each other including stretching out their “Hands Across the World “to encourage global glass artists to join in a celebration of contemporary glass!

CGS is open to anyone working in or interested in contemporary glass. A voluntary committee made up mostly of makers but also administrators and students, manage the society. At present they have connections with over 1000 artists, academics, galleries, and enthusiasts and a current membership of over 950.

• To develop a platform for critical debates surrounding contemporary glass.
• To promote the cross flow of ideas, information and news regarding contemporary glass via the web site, publications, conferences and workshops.
• To forge links and encourage membership by all those involved with glass in the artistic, technological, manufacturing and support capacity.
• To help to promote and raise the profile of members and to involve students in all areas of activity.


Recently the Society has applied to the GS Charity Fund for support for the 2021 Graduate Prize and New Graduate Review. It was with delight that following a meeting of the GS Charity Fund Trustees, Chairman, Leigh Baildham was able to announce that the Trustees had approved their application for funding as applied for.

The Master Colonel Bill Chesshyre congratulated both Susan and Pam for their enthusiasm and hard work. He further went on to say how pleased that the Glass Sellers were to be associated with them. The Company had been given Affiliate Membership and shares communications. It is hoped to work more closely with the CGS moving forward and especially in 2022 when it is hoped that it will be the United Nations International Year of Glass as well as the CGS 25th Anniversary.