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Top talks and fine fittle at the cone

There’s a chance to fill both belly and mind with a series of talks and treats at the Red House Glass Cone during the International Festival of Glass.

There’s fine fittle and historic talks over the four day festival for adults with a thirst for both knowledge and a pint. The talks kick off with a Black Country Bostin Fittle and Talk on Friday 23 August.

After some faggots and peas and a drink, Graham Worton, Keeper of Geology and Project Lead for the aspiring Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark, will take to the stage. He will talk about the borough’s remarkable geology underneath and the role it played in the glassmaking industry. Times are 5pm for the fittle and 6pm for the talk. Places cost £15 per person and should be booked in advance on 01384 812750.

On Saturday 24 August from 2pm there’s less fittle and more finesse with a talk by Jayne Pilkington, the borough’s Senior Conservation Officer. She will be delivering an archaeological, history and heritage talk on the glass industry in the borough. Tickets for the talk, Archaeology Post Medieval Urban Glass Industry of Stourbridge and Dudley at the Red House Glass Cone, are free.

That evening there’s the best of both worlds with a talk with a side order of chips. The Mini Fish and Chip Supper runs from 5pm to 7pm and includes a glass of wine or pint of beer or tea and coffee. Tuck in from 5pm and then tune in at 6pm when Dr Kate Round talks about ‘Glassmaking – Our Place in the World’, which looks at why the glassmakers settled in Stourbridge and the role of women in the glass industry. Places cost £12 per person and should be pre-booked on 01384 812750.

It’s a day of refinement and culture on Sunday 25 August. Malcolm Andrews will be talking about his life as a glassblower, alongside afternoon tea incorporating wine or beer and accompanied by the Mercian String Quartet. The talk, including a glassblowing demonstration will take place from 2pm to 3.30pm with afternoon tea available from 3pm to 4.30pm. Places cost £15 per person and should be pre-booked on 01384 812750.

The cone itself becomes the topic of conversation with ‘The Life and Times of the Red House Glass Cone’ by Glass Specialist Charles Hajdamach. Charles will talk about the history of glass cones in Britain and the cone in particular, accompanied by a pint, a glass of wine and some Black Country ‘Bostin Fittle’. The fittle is served at 5pm with the talk at 6pm. Places cost £15 per person and should be pre-booked on 01384 812750.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise said:

The International Festival of Glass is a chance to celebrate our industrial heritage and the world of contemporary glass art.

These talks are a fun, friendly and informal way to learn about our glassmaking history, while offering the chance to socialise and enjoy a full afternoon or evening out.

Highlights of the wider festival which runs at various venues across the glass quarter include  the British Glass Biennale, featuring the latest contemporary work by 74 artists, Celestial Bodies an exhibition commemorating 50 years since the moon landing, with workshops, masterclasses, live music and entertainment.

More information on the International Festival of Glass

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