Annette Meech

It was in 1971, when I was a glass student at the Royal College of Art that I first started to work the odd weekend at The Glasshouse.

When I graduated a year later I was fortunate to have the opportunity to continue working with glass at The Glasshouse. There were no other studios like this set up in the country, The Glasshouse provided a simple workshop at a time when the studio glass movement was in its infancy and our skills as glassmakers were very basic.

It was not until we took the decision to move from Neal Street to Long Acre in 1975 that The Glasshouse needed to function not only as a creative studio, but also as a serious business. We tried to put everything in place to encourage this. The studio was well equipped and efficient and we produced whatever we wished. (remuneration was based on sales!).

Creating one off pieces and developing functional objects for production both held equal importance. During my 26 years at The Glasshouse in London I was able to do this. I enjoyed the challenges of making the glass, running the business and working with the people who helped achieve its success.

In 1999 Christopher Williams and I set up ëGlasshouse de Sivignoní in France, aided by Peter Durkin, our last assistant in London. Although on a smaller scale, the spirit of The Glasshouse lives on. We have a well-equipped country workshop with one of David Taylorís furnaces. We continue to take on assistants from local colleges, some of whom will, hopefully, become the next generation of French glassmakers.

1965-66 Foundation Course, Weston-Super-Mare
1966-69 Dip AD (hons) Industrial Design (ceramics/glass),
1972 MA Glass, Royal College of Art, London
1772  Joined “The Glasshouse” London

UK The Glass Show, Crafts Council Gallery, London and on tour through the UK
Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Warwick Arts Trust, London
Castle Museum, Norwich
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Manchester City Art Gallery
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Cowdy Gallery, Newent, Gloucestershire
GERMANY Galerie L, Hamburg
Glas Glaswerk, Berlin
Galerie U Rosenhauer, Gottingen
HOLLAND Rob van den Doel, The Hague,
Glass Centre Utrecht.
FRANCE Maison de la Tour, Valaurie
Galerie d’Amon,Paris
Galerie Capazza, Nancay
Galerie Nadir, Annecy; Biennale lnternationale du Verre, Biot.
BELGIUM Transparence Gallery, Brussels, Museum voor Kunstambachten Sterckshof, Antwerp.
SWITZERLAND La Belle Usine, Fully
Galerie d’art Annie Chevalley, Montreux
Maya Behn, Zurich
Heidi Schneider Gallery, Horgen
AUSTRIA Lobmeyer, Vienna
Glasgalerie Klute, Vienna
Kunstfomen Jetz, Salzburg
DENMARK Holmegaard Showroom, Copenhagen
Kunstindustri Museum,Copenhagen
SWEDEN Varberg Museum, Varberg, Vaxjo Museum, Vaxjo
Blas & Knada, Stockholm.
USA  Grohe Gallery, Boston
Westminster Gallery, Boston
MillerGallery, New Jersey
Heller Gallery, New York
Gumps, San Francisco
JAPAN Yamaha“Glass Now”, Hamatsu international Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa, Kanazawa
MALAYSIA Contemporary British Glass, Kuala Lumpur
IRELAND Solomon Gallery, Dublin; Art Euro,Galway.

Permanent Collections
UK Crafts Council Collection, London
Broadfield House Collection, West Midlands
Castle Museum, Norwich
Pilkington Glass Museum, St Helens
Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge
National Museums on Merseyside, Walker Gallery Liverpool
Manchester City Art Gallery
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh
Ulster Museum Belfast
City of Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth.
GERMANY Museum fur Kunst und Gewebe, Hamburg
Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt
SWEDEN Goteborg Museum, Gothenberg
Museum of Varberg, Varberg
DENMARK Kunstindustri Museum, Copenhagen
FRANCE Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris
NEW ZEALAND Otaqo Museum, Dunedin
USA  Corning Glass Museum, Corning, NY
New Orleans Museum of Art.





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