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Stourbridge Twenty Twelve Portland Vase

December 5, 2011

Had a sneek peek at the Portland Vase blanks made by the team of skilled makers at Ruskin Glass Centre, and the work in progres. The original Portland Vase dates back to AD 5 – 25 and according to the British Museum in London it is the most famous cameo-glass vessel from antiquity.

Have a look at the link below to see the many Stourbridge crafts people involved in he project.

“The ‘Stourbridge Twenty Twelve Portland Vase’, will see a replica of one of the most important pieces of glass in history; The Portland Vase.  It will be one of the most poignant displays of modern day skill and talent to come out of Stourbridge’s internationally renowned Glass Quarter in many years.  What makes the project even more significant as it will be in celebration of 400 years of glassmaking in Stourbridge”.

The original vase inspired a 19th century competition to duplicate its cameo-work in glass, with a £1000 prize to anyone who could achieve that feat. Taking three years, Stourbridge glass maker Philip Pargeter made a copy and John Northwood engraved it, to win the prize. This copy is in the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.”