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Scotland's Glass
400 Years of Glassmaking

ISBN-13: 978-0-9549196-5-8
Authors: Shiona Airlie & Brian Blench

A full-colour book about Scottish glass is being published now to coincide with the 400th anniversary, 1610–2010. Written by Brian Blench (formerly Head of Decorative Arts in Glasgow Museums) and Shiona Airlie (former Director at The National Glass Centre, Sunderland), it is believed to be the first general history of Scottish Glass aimed at the general reader. Fully illustrated with over 200 full-colour photographs, it will encourage readers to tour the country and explore Scotland's wonderful glassmaking heritage for themselves. (Sample pages to follow)

For more details, see these web sites:

The book is large-format (280mm x 210mm), approx. 77pp, full-colour, printed on quality art paper.


  • Glasses actually used by Prince Charles Edward in 1745
  • A massive, one metre tall epergne produced in 1837 for Queen Victoria's accession
  • Bottles from the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Rare examples of Clutha glass
  • Exquisite 19th century engraving by Millar and Keller
  • Examples from Monart, Ysart, Vasart, Strathearn
  • The most prominent names in Scottish glassmaking examined: Sir George Hay, John Ford, John Baird, and 20th century notables such as Salvador Ysart, Helen Monro Turner, Alison Geissler, Alison Kinnaird
  • Paperweight examples from Ysart, Caithness, Perthshire, Selkirk and individual craftsmen
  • Stunning 20th century studio art glass and sculptures

FREE UK postage.

Due: 11 Dec 2009

Scotland's Glass: 400 Years of Glassmaking£14.99

Free P&P within the UK

+£3 to Europe
+£5 to the Rest of world

FREE with every order

Scotland's Glass: A Directory of GLass Businesses
Scotland's Glass: A Directory of Glass Businesses

complied by Frank Andrews
ISBN-13: 978-0-9549196-6-5

A 20-page booklet containing data and information on virtually every glassmaker working in Scotland today. Also includes buildings, places and sites of interest, museums, which are glass related.


Poole Twintone and Tableware

A new book encompassing the entire range of tableware from Poole Pottery. Naturally, Twintone features heavily!

This book is an illustrated guide to the history of tableware from Poole Pottery, and includes a history of the company and information on the designers.

From a collector's aspect, this book will be the definitive guide to Twintone and all the other tableware ranges from Poole Pottery; full explanations on the colours and glazes; details of the shapes and patterns that were developed by the company; the scarcities and rarities; all the backstamps.

ISBN: 978-0-9549196-3-7
Due: April 25th 2009

Author: Anne Wilkinson

Brief details of the contents

  • Foreword by John B. Adams
  • Poole tableware from the 1920s to the twenty-first century.
  • All the Twintone colours and shapes.
  • Fully illustrated, and documented from contemporary sources
  • More than 70 glazes identified
  • More than 180 patterns illustrated
  • Over 20 tableware shape designs described and explained
  • With co-operation and support from the Poole Museum, the Dorset History Centre, The Potteries Museum and the Lifestyle Group.
  • Extracts from the Poole archives.
  • The designers: John Adams, Harold Stabler, Truda Carter, A.B. Read, Robert Jefferson, David Queensberry, Anita Harris, etc.

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Poole Twintone and Tableware book cover

Chance Expressions (vol. 1)

Chance Expressions: now available (£17.99)
ISBN: 978-0-9549196-1-0

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Download a PDF of the brochure (3.1MB)

  Chance Additions (supplement to Expressions)


Chance Reflections (vol. 2)

The second volume of Chance Brothers

Chance Reflections will explain the history of the company, the technologies it employed and the products it developed.

Because of the vast amount of information that is now being made available by Sandwell Community History & Archives Service, following the return of the Chance archives from Pilkington, this has extended the expected release of the second book.

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Chance Expressions

Dor Knap

A book written to support the Toc H charity. Describes the life and times of the building, Dor Knap during Toc H's tenure for 20 years; 1959-1979. Includes a potted history of the charity and an extended history of the environs, including Broadway in Worcestershire, Broadway Hill and Broadway Tower, where the founder of the Arts & Crafts movement, William Morris, lived for many years.

A total of over £800 was raised, supporting Toc H youth projects and Acorns Children's Hospice!

64pp in mixed monochrome and colour, silk laminated softback.

£4.00 - please ask for more details

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Dor Knap



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