Thinking along the same lines

08 Nov 2015 23:33
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I guess the time was right. Isle of Wight Studio Glass had re-established production at a new studio at Arreton Barns earlier in 2014 and was attending the National Glass Fair in November to showcase their new designs. Of course, I was there too. It is one of the highlights of the glass calendar. The conversation that ensued at the studio's stand started a chain of events we didn't anticipate.

Richard Harris

Richard Harris (inset right), the new managing director of the studio, who was responsible for rescusitating it from near oblivion, was at the stand and I struck up a conversation. The Harris family was getting to know me from my avid collecting of their productions and from my work on an Isle of Wight Studio Glass enthusiast's web site. Somewhere in the dialogue Richard said something along the lines of "we need something to tell the story of the studio from its beginnings". I replied: "I was thinking the same thing!"

Thus began an extraordinary collaboration between us.

I shared my hope of establishing a museum of Isle of Wight studio glass and had been thinking about it for some time. I had the resources, the desire, and determination to establish a museum. The conversation with Richard convinced me: let's do it! We didn't yet know exactly how, but the impetus was there.

As it turned out, things progressed rapidly. A bit of fortune helped along the way, but that is for another blog post.

by Anton Doroszenko, Museum Director

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