Steven Newell

In 1973 while I was a student at the Royal College of Art, Sam Herrmann asked if I would be interested in helping to build the furnaces in a studio in Covent Garden. At my previous college I had been responsible for the construction of several glass and ceramic kilns and he believed that I could help. When we completed construction it seemed only logical to have a go.

In the summer of 1974 I was asked to become a part of the group involved in the running of The Glasshouse. We took turns blowing and assisting each other in quite an unstructured way. I was involved when the The Glasshouse went from loose association, to a limited company (Boemain Ltd). I continued to be actively involved through the 1970s and early 1980s.

I left in November 1985 to start Glassworks London Ltd with 2 former assistants Catherine Hough and Simon Moore. During this period, glass, as a creative material, went from a poor relative of ceramics to a key player in the world craft stage. It was extremely exciting to be involved in The Glasshouse right from the beginning.

Selected exhibitions and commissions
2008 Collect with Scottish Gallery
Barret Marsden 10 year show
Commission for South Lodge Hotel
Commission for Airpoint Bristol
2007 Dan Klein-Royal College of Art show at Collect
Group Invitational show Millinery Works Gallery
Summer Show at Scottish Gallery
Commission for Midsummer House Cambridge
Commission for Vineyard Restaurant
2006 Collect at V&A
Appointed Director of I Romiti Ltd
2005 Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, UK*
2004 Barrett Marsden Gallery, London, UK*
Commission Rathbourne Place, UK*
2002 Barrett Marsden Gallery, London, UK*
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2001 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship
Solo show, Tokyo Department Store, Tokyo, Japan
2001 Millennium Commission for Broadfield House Glass Museum, Dudley, UK
2000 Commission for Angela Neustatter, London, UK
Commission for the Fat Duck restaurant, Bray, UK

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK Corning Museum, New York, USA
The Crafts Council Collection, London, UK   Broadfield House Glass Museum, UK
Shipley Museum, Tyne and Wear, UK
Ulster Museum. Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh,  Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, UK
Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth, UK
Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany






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