Contents Front Cover: Work Experience at Ruskin Glass Centre 5. Festival of Glass 6. Ruskin Glass Centre 12. Willow Work 16. Whittle Tang 17. Raft Building & Volunteering 18. Black History Month 19. My Driving Experience 20. Independent Living 22. High Riggs 24. Animal Husbandry 27. Falconry 28. New Forge Launched 30. Iron Age Forge 31. Cartoon & Art 32. Manfred Bleffert 34. Fusion Cafe & 3 Day Assessment 36. Golfing Gold & Rugby 37. RuskinMill Reception 38. Painting & Decorating 39. Yu-Gi-Oh Club 40. Balm Making 41. Nettles, Flynn & Mayoral Visit 42. Metal Meets Glass 43. Jean Stocks 44. Blue John & Gold Smith 46. RuskinMill Sculptures 47. West of England Visit 48. Heritage Open Day 49. Living at Tintagel 50. Raft Building 51. HE Conference 52. Clervaux Trust 57. Wordsearch & Quiz 58. Ex-Files 60. Art at Freeman College
The Fourth International Festival of Glass by Keith Brocklehurst Festival Director & Head of Glass GHC This summer another successful International Festival of Glass was held at the Glasshouse College and the newly refurbished Ruskin Glass Centre. It attracted over 10,000 visitors from all around the UK as well as from Europe, the USA and Japan. The British Glass Biennale exhibition again showed the best of contemporary glass being made in Britain by both young and established makers. Among highlights this year were Gianni Toso, a virtuoso Venetian glassmaker, and Cedi Nomoda, a traditional Ghanaian glass beadmaker. Gianni demonstrated both glass- blowing at the furnace and flame-working exquisite figures from his family tradition of 800 years. Cedi showed us bead-making skills passed down in his family since the 14 th century. A variety of talks on many aspects of glass, heritage walks around Stourbridge, “have a go” glass activities, acrobats, drumming and an African dance finale all contributed to a vibrant enjoyable weekend. This year we ran a photographic competition from which we have selected a few to give a flavour of the festival.