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"Facets of Glass" and "Champagne - The Drink Divine" Charles R. Hajdamach Wednesday 13 March 2019

Charles Hajdamach is one of the top authorities on glass in the country. He has lectured in America, Canada, South Africa and Ireland and has written extensively on the subject from antique to contemporary studio glass. For 30 years he was in charge of the glass collections at  Broadfield House Glass Museum in Kingswinford, which he established in 1980, and which quickly became one of the top glass museums in the world

In the morning, Charles will speak on “2000 years of Cameo Glass”.

Throughout its 2000 year history is has associations with Caesars, cardinals, royalty, nobility, and a galaxy of brilliant cameo artists.

Apart from a few sporadic attempts to make cameo glass in Iran and China, the Roman process was lost for almost two thousand years until it was revived in the West Midlands town of Stourbridge in 1876 by John Northwood, who successfully carved a copy of the Roman “Portland Vase”. His assistant George Woodall became the greatest cameo glass artist of the late 19th / early 20th Century.

 After lunch, the subject moves on to “Champagne – “The Drink Divine”.

In this history of champagne, Charles deals fully with the industry from its origins, tracing the fluctuating fortunes through four centuries of changing tastes and economics -

  • The fascinating social aspects including the champagne riots of 1911
  •  its growing popularity in Britain from the 1660’s
  •  the many promotional advertisements
  • 18th and 19th century paintings showing people enjoying champagne.

He also shows how champagne has consistently maintained its exceptional qualities and eminence due to the integrity, loving care and traditional skills of some of the great owners of the noble houses including Moet and Chandon, veuve Cliquot, Pol Roger and Bollinger.  

The cost of the day including lunch and coffee, will be £30.00 per person.