Late Summer/Autumn Newsletter

Welcome to the 2nd newsletter of 2012.


Editors comment (or Syd's Ramblings)

A Truly British Year

With so many things happening this year, I decided to delay the summer newsletter and send it out later. Well, what a year this has been.

Starting with The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, then the Olympics and Para Olympics it has been interspersed with numerous exhibitions of British design and manufacture with awards for some of the most innovative British ideas.

Locally, we had the 5th International Festival of Glass, which celebrated 400 years of glassmaking in Stourbridge and included the British Glass Biennale which is the UK's major exhibition of contemporary glass. It also included the world's longest glassblowing demonstration with British glass artists demonstrating their skills.
Also included, was the unveiling of the completed 2012 Portland vase and the other cameo items, which I mentioned in the last newsletter. Such was the interest in the event that it featured talks by renowned speakers, including Dr Paul Roberts, Curator of Roman Art and Archaeology Department at the British Museum who commented on the replica "It's astounding-a masterpiece".

So for all the doubters, who say that Britain has lost it's innovation and skills, just remind them of 2012.

On with the newsletter.

Company Profile:

Company Profile

To continue with our current theme on glass I have decided to revisit Kevin Barry Crystal Ltd.
Kevin was featured in one of our early newsletters, a few years after he started in his own workshop. He has since gone from strength to strength and his work attracts interest from around the world with many of his pieces exported to America whilst recently he has supplied India with chandeliers.

Latest sites:

Unfortunately, with the large number of registrations this year, I have only been able to show a small selection.

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Kevin Barry began glass cutting at Royal Brierley in 1976, following in the age old tradition of apprentice learning in one of England's oldest manufacturing crafts. In the early 1980's Kevin moved to Stuart Crystal, where he spent twenty years as a master cutler specialising in intaglio and sand engraving, although additionally turning his hand to all the traditional cutting methods. In this, Kevin followed in the footsteps of earlier generations of craftsmen who were both specialists and innovators, testing and trying out techniques across a range of procedures in search of new and innovative design.
In 2003 Kevin established his own Studio at the Ruskin Centre where he developed and continues to develop his own designs on a wide range of locally sourced crystal glass using every possible cutting technique. His work demonstrates a range of styles simply not encountered in factory showrooms: contemporary and traditional, minimalism alongside high Victorian extravaganza.
Kevin offers off the shelf pieces, a design service and undertakes bespoke commissions. He will make an individual piece for an individual customer, something that could never happen, except by special command, with factory cut glass. A Kevin Barry commission offers customers the chance to enter a design partnership with a master craftsman, combining individual requirements with dedicated craft skill. Kevin Barry's glass is unique. His pieces are not anonymous objects produced to conform to some distant designer's dictate of taste and style, but genuinely hand crafted works that speak loudly of satisfaction inherent in their creation.
Kevin Barry's studio is open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm and Saturday 9.00am to 4.00pm.

Tel: 07951031993
Ruskin Glass Centre, Wollaston Road, Dudley, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 4HE

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Latest Sites

Rudd Macnamara Ltd - Specialist printers of metals and plastics, we work with aerospace, automotive and breweries worldwide.
Rudd Macnamara Ltd

Jizaro Ltd - British-made lighting, including table lamps, ceiling lights, wall lamps and floor lamps all made by master craftsmen in the UK.
Jizaro Ltd

Rowlett Rutland Ltd - British manufacturers of high quality electrical appliances for the kitchen. We manufacture over 30 different models of toasters.
Rowlett Rutland Ltd

Richard Rose Furniture & Kitchens - we specialise in designing and making bespoke handbuilt pieces of furniture from individual pieces to fully fitted kitchens.
We also design and make bedroom furniture and lounge furniture. Beds, wardrobes, cabinets, tables, bookcases and mirrors
Richard Rose Furniture & Kitchens

Elixir Media Consultant is a leading website Design, website Development, e-commerce and SEO Company in city of london. It provides cost effective solutions such as Website Design, Website Development, Ecommerce Website Design Development, Affordable Website Design Development, Professional Website Design Development, Logo Design, Flash Animation, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and printing.
Elixir Media Consultant

Joseph Dixon - established in 1843 and today is the finest leather working tool manufacture. We are also the only company in the world to manufacture, in house, a full range of press knifes for leather, packaging, gasket trade etc.
Joseph Dixon

Robin Noel Glass Creations - A Glass Artist/Designer that creates hand made glass products, Kiln formed, Cast, fused & Slumped.
Robin Noel Glass Creations

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