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The History of ALUM BAY GLASS

Alum Bay Glass started in 1972 in Freshwater,I.O.W Under the name Island Glass. It was started by the previous owners Michael and Lin Rayner. Included in their original team Were Colin Green,Robert Adams and Steven Meakin. These glass makers still remain at Alum Bay Glass today. It was renamed Alum Bay Glass when it moved to a purpose built studio at the
needles in 1983.

To maintain the highest standards of production the entire glassworks was refurbished in the early months of 1999. 'State of the art' pot furnaces allow the glassmakers precise control over the quality of their crystal glass creations.

Alum Bay Glass produces fine crystal glass wares, using techniques developed and refined over many centuries. These techniques and the materials used continue to be refined and Alum Bay Glass now produces entirely lead-free Crystal Glass where Barium replaces the lead once used to add brilliance to the crystal.

Alum Bay Glass

The basic pure crystal glass is made by melting together purified silica sand (mined in Belgium), borax, limestone dolomite, potash and barium carbonate. After 5 hours heating at 1260 degrees Celsius, the temperature is lowered to 1080 degrees Celsius and the glass is then ready to use.

Alum Bay Glass

The basic pure crystal glass is made by melting together purified silica sand (mined in Belgium), borax, limestone dolomite, potash and barium carbonate. After 5 hours heating at 1260 degrees Celsius, the temperature is lowered to 1080 degrees Celsius and the glass is then ready to use.>

Virtually every hand working technique is used in the glass studio - blowing, casting, pressing, spinning and drawing. The studio glass makers of Alum Bay draw their inspiration from many sources. They work surrounded by some of the most dramatic scenery in the British Isles. 

The ranges of glass made reflect the constant shifts of light and mood in the weather at this far western point of the Isle of Wight. Shimmering iridescence, soft shades, bold contrasts and the luxury of sterling silver and 22ct gold are all part of the rich palette they use. Small wonder then, that the glass from the Alum Bay Glass Studio is so widely collected.

 

 


ALUM BAY GLASS Commissions
FIM World Motocross Championship Trophy
New Arrivals
The Needles
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Alum Bay Glass, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight, PO39 0JD, United Kingdom