Signed Isle of Wight studio glass vase

Signed Isle of Wight studio glass vase


Michael Harris signed glass

Michael Harris signed glass
Michael Harris signed glass
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This is a stunning, outstanding piece of Isle of Wight studio glass, measuring 22cm high with a circumference of 80cm. With flame pontil mark to the base and black triangle label. From the Azurene range in pink.

It is signed by Michael Harris and states the word England which shows this limited edition piece (62/500) was only made for export to the USA.

A fabulous  table centrepiece or for the kern collector.

Isle of Wight  studio Glass was founded in 1972 by Michael Harris and his wife Elizabeth after they left their studio Mdina Glass in Malta. Their two sons,trained with their father and became skilled master glassblowers themselves.

The company thrived and over the years employed and trained many other glass workers.

Michael Harris was born in 1933 and started his training at the Leeds college of Art, moving with his parents,to the Luton College of Art and then to Stourbridge College of Technology and Art.
There he met his future wife, Elizabeth and his future business partner Eric Dobson. After completing his National Diploma in Art and Design Michael went to the Royal College of Art in London and specialised in Industrial Glass Design.
His plans were interrupted by his national service, he married Elizabeth, returned to the Royal College of Art and graduated with First Class Honours.
After undertaking freelance commissions for a short time Michael was invited back to the Royal College as a Tutor in Industrial Glass. Whilst there, Michael worked with some amazing people in the glass making industry.
Michael became the pioneer of the studio glass movement in the UK, and together with Eric Dobson, set up the small Mdina art glass studio in 1967 on the Island of Malta .

This was partly funded and greatly encouraged by the Maltese government on the understanding that Michael and Eric would train local people in the skills of working with hot glass which became a huge success.

Eventually the government and attitudes changed Malta and he moved with his family to the Isle of Wight. Sadly he died in 1994 but his legacy lives on, on the island where his sons undertook the business with there mother.



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