Art of Glass

In the brief fallow period between The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games the Cultural Olympiad rolls on, this time reimagining Olympic medals in glass.

Kate Henderson
Kate Henderson

Exhibition Medallions, being held at the Ruskin Glass Centre in the west midlands, sees 80 UK glass artists brought together to make a set of alternative medals in celebration of the games and their craft.

Amy Whittingham
Rowan Van Der Holt

In the spirit of competition, a £250 prize will be given to the winner, with two runner’s up prizes of £150 donated. Fittingly the winner will take home a medal, not their own, but one designed by glass collector Mark Holford. There will also be an award for the public favourite.

Medals have been awarded for the Summer Olympics since 1896, and have become a recognised symbol of achievement. This show gives glassmakers a chance to celebrate and play with this traditional form. 

Amy Whittingham
Julie Holt

The briefing document shows that the medal can be 15cm wide by 15cm high by 5cm thick and must be made predominantly out of glass.

The artists who were encouraged to experiment with technique, colour and form will sell their works at £50, £100 and £150.

Amy Whittingham
Amy Whittingham

Medallions is part of both The Cultural Olympiad and The International Festival of Glass and runs from August 22 – September 15 at The Ruskin Glass Centre, Wollaston Road, Dudley, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4HE.

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