GRAVUR ON TOUR – Modern European Glass Engraving

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We are pleased to share the details of the upcoming “Gravur on Tour” a travelling exhibition of glass engraving!

Starting at the Red House Glass Cone (as guests of the Guild of Glass Engravers) on 18 May and running there till 26 June, glass engraving is making its way across Europe. Through their work, 31 artists will visit some seven museums in seven EU countries. They represent the diversity of contemporary glass engraving both artistically and technically. This ranges from experimental work to those relating to traditional, classic glass engraving. Other works bridge the gap between glass engraving and glass cutting.

An equally important goal for the exhibition project lies in the promotion of cross-border and cross-generational dialogue amongst European glass engravers. Meetings and presentations are therefore planned at several stages along the tour. The completion of this year and a half long project will come in September 2016 with a great Glass Engraving Meeting at the Frauenau Glass Museum in the German Bavarian Forest, where the very idea for the whole tour began, at a meeting in September 2013. During the exhibition, more than two dozen participants will be actively involved in travelling, logistics and helping museum staff at the seven exhibition locations; their efforts, together with those of numerous supporters and sponsors, will ensure that the implementation of these goals for this European project succeeds. There will be an illustrated catalogue with full information on sale.

18/05/15 – 26/06/15 Red House Glass Cone, Stourbridge, UK
05/07/15 – 16/08/15 Glazenhuis Museum, Lommel, Belgium
20/08/15 – 11/10/15 Galerie De Aventurijn, Epe, Netherlands
30/10/15 – 21/02/16 Glasmuseum, Rheinbach, Germany
27/02/16 – 17/04/16 Glass Museum, Kamenický Šenov, Czech Republic
29/04/16 – 25/05/16 National Library, Tallinn, Estonia *
02/06/16 – 27/07/16 The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland *
05/08/16 – 25/09/16 Glasmuseum Frauenau, Germany
Please check with the museums and galleries for opening times.
*= Dates to be confirmed; please check with these galleries

The artists who will be showing include:
Belgium: Tinne Vroonen
Czech Republic: Pavlina Čambalová, Jaroslav Šára, Lada Semecká, Jaroslava Votrubová, Jiří Tesař
Estonia: Mare Saare, Eeva Käsper and Tiina Sarapu
Finland: Kimmo Reinikka
France: Nadège Bretou
Germany: Heidi Breit, Alexandra Geyermann, Franz Xavier Höller, Norbert Kalthoff, Ursula Merker, Patrick
Roth, Christian Schmidt, Michaela Swade, Wilhelm Vernim, Anne Wenzel, Barbara Zehner
Ireland: Róisín de Buitléar
Netherlands: Jakobine Von Dömming
Roumania: Edmond Suciu, Ioana Stelea
UK: Katharine Coleman, Ainsley Francis, Alison Kinnaird, Charmian Mocatta, Ronald Pennell, Nancy Sutcliffe

The exhibition has been organised through the Glass Engraving Network. Following the cessation for some five years of the triennial international glass engraving symposiums in Kamenický Šenov in the Czech Republic, the Network was founded at a weekend in September 2013, when some 30 engravers from all over Europe met at Bildwerk, Frauenau. There we established our new network, set up our administered website:, and set in progress plans for another meeting in 2016 at the Glasmuseum Frauenau. We also set in motion the idea of a touring exhibition of parts of Europe. Plans for this had to be modified to those engravers who live and work in the EU for logistical reasons. There are literally hundreds of members of the network worldwide, from Peru and Argentina to the north of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Russia and Africa, Israel and almost all of Europe.

As part of the IFG events, Katharine Coleman MBE will be giving the Guild of Glass Engravers’ annual Spring Lecture “A Future for Glass Engraving” at 2.30pm, Saturday 30th and tickets from, .

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