Members in the News – Freeman Will Farmer
Glass Sellers Freeman, Director and 20th Century Design and Glass Specialist at Fieldings Auctioneers in Stourbridge, West Midlands known to many through his appearances on the BBC’s Antiques Road Show has recently agreed to become a Trustee of the British Glass Foundation. BGF Chairman Graham Knowles says: ‘This is a wonderful development; the combination of Will Farmers’ expertise, knowledge and sheer personality will greatly bolster the Trustees’ aim to create a world class glass museum in the heart of the Stoubridge Glass quarter’.
Will’s love of antiques can be traced back to the tender age of just six months when he was taken to his first auction by his mum. His childhood was spent scouring auctions and antiques shops around Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire with his mum and gran with the weekend of hunting rounded off by settling down to watch the Antiques Roadshow before school the next day. Back then Will’s dream was to one day appear on the show, with something from his own collection… Fast forward forty (or so) years and you’ll find a career auctioneer whose passion for ceramics, glass and 20th Century design goes well beyond the working day. A keen collector himself, Will’s idea of time off is, well… more of the same!
And the Roadshow dream… that came true back in 2004 when a chain of events led Will to be invited to join the Antiques Roadshow team as a specialist in ceramics, glass and 20th Century design. What started out as a childhood interest has become a life’s passion and as Will always says, his job is his hobby and his hobby is his job!
Now he joins other Glass Sellers – Past Master David Wiiliams-Thomas currently Patron of the British Glass Foundation and Honorary Freeman, Allister Malcolm as a Fellow Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation.