Beads day returns to Kingswinford glass museum

Stourbridge News: Trainee curator, Sophie Colley getting ready for the bead exhibition at Broadfield House Glass Museum. Buy this photo: 191412J. Trainee curator, Sophie Colley getting ready for the bead exhibition at Broadfield House Glass Museum. Buy this photo: 191412J.

THE annual bead event at Broadfield House Glass Museum is set to return for its tenth year.

To celebrate the milestone, the Compton Drive museum is staging A String of Beads, an exhibition featuring beads made by artists from across the UK, accompanied by a full-colour catalogue of the same name.

The catalogue, written by bead maker Pauline Holt and sponsored by the Friends of Broadfield House Glass Museum, is a light-hearted look at modern bead making in the UK as well as featuring images and artists details from the exhibition.

Pieces include primitive figure necklaces, miniature glass animals including owls, cows and pigs, a Mohawk skull pendant, beaded candlesticks and beads inspired by the seashore, rainbows, flowers and flames.

Visitors to the event on Saturday (May 10), can also browse a variety of stands selling handmade beads and jewellery and watch bead-making demonstrations.

John Millar, director of urban environment at Dudley Council, said: “Beads day is always a hugely popular event on the Broadfield calendar and this tenth anniversary event will be something extra special with the addition of a dedicated beads exhibition and accompanying catalogue.

“I’m sure that specialists and local people alike will find something to enjoy at the beads day and the wider exhibition.”

The free event will run from 10am to 4pm and refreshments will be available.

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