Glass expo looks north for its star

Stourbridge News: Kari Moodie from Broadfield House Glass Museum with paperweights from their annual show Buy this photo Kari Moodie from Broadfield House Glass Museum with paperweights from their annual show

VISITORS to a Kingswinford glass museum will be looking north for the star of its annual paperweight day event.

Scottish glassmaker William Manson is set for a guest appearance at Broadfield House Glass Museum on Saturday June 9 where he will be demonstrating his skills in the hot glass studio.

Mr Manson trained with the legendary Paul Ysart at Caithness Glass. At the event he will be assisted by his son, also called William, who is a recognised glass artist in his own right.

Cllr Tracy Wood, Dudley Cabinet member for environment and culture, said: “The paperweight day is one of the most popular events held at the glass museum and visitors come from all over the country.

“We are delighted to welcome back William Manson, providing a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see a master craftsman at work.”

The event will also feature an exhibition by the Paperweight Collectors Circle (PCC) showing off quirky and funny lamp-work weights, visitors will also be able to get their paperweights identified by PCC experts.

Stalls from leading UK dealers will give visitors the chance to add to their own collections while the museum shop will be stocked with specialist glass and paperweight books.

The event, at the Compton Drive Museum, will run from 10am to 4pm, admission is free, for more information visit www.glassmuseum.org.uk

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