Kingswinford glass engraver celebrated with new plaque

Stourbridge News: Glass expert Graham Fisher, from the British Glass Foundation, and Ian Dury of Stourbridge Glass Engravers with the plaque commemorating George Woodall. Glass expert Graham Fisher, from the British Glass Foundation, and Ian Dury of Stourbridge Glass Engravers with the plaque commemorating George Woodall.

A COMMEMORATIVE plaque has been installed in a Kingswinford restaurant as a tribute to a Black Country glassmaker - considered one of the greatest cameo engravers of the 19th century.

The memorial to George Woodall has been sited inside Thai Dusit in Market Street , which was previously known as Luton House - the former home of the Woodall family.

Woodall, who trained at Stourbridge School of Art before working for J&J Northwood and Thomas Webb & Sons, was dubbed 'the Rembrandt of Glass' by The Daily Telegraph in 1980 - 55 years after his death in 1925.

Today his flamboyant pieces are sought after by glass collectors world wide, often selling for five figure sums.

The unveiling of the plaque, on December 12, marks the culmination of months of work by Ian Dury, of Stourbridge Glass Engravers, based at Ruskin Glass Centre in Amblecote, who wanted to highlight the building's association with the master cameo engraver who once had a workshop at the back of the property.

Ian, who was supported in his efforts by the British Glass Foundation, said: "As a life-long glass man, and the co-ordinator of the effort to recreate the Portland Vase in 2012, I am only too familiar with the skills involved in producing cameo glass to the wonderful standard that George Woodall attained.

"I hope the installation of this plaque will not only remind people of the talent in this area, but may also act as an inspiration for generations to come."

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