Casting Brilliance: Glass by Colin Reid

5 October 2013 - 5 January 2014

Last Chance to See

Colin Reid takes glass to its extreme to create pieces which are both majestic and magical.

Over the past 30 years he has worked with this fragile material to create exquisite works of art which intrigue and invite us to wonder at how they are made. Colin’s sculpture has an extraordinary ability to make a first-time viewer stop and be drawn in to look carefully again and again. His brilliance has given him the cutting edge in kiln-cast glass and international recognition for his inspirational work.

Casting Brilliance shows work from each stage of Colin’s career over the past 30 years. There are also new pieces made specifically for the exhibition. This range of work gives visitors the chance to see how Reid’s work has evolved and flourished through constant experimentation. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see some of the processes Colin uses, including moulds and castings which are beautiful objects in their own right. A short film by filmmaker, William Taylor allows visitors to see inside Colin’s studio and discover more about how he makes his work. Younger visitors can discover the mysteries of glass through gallery activities.

Exhibition organised in partnership with Adrian Sassoon.

Events Programme 

Join in and take part in an exciting programme of activities, events and workshops organised to support Casting Brilliance: Glass by Colin Reid.

Gallery Trail

Fine examples of glass from the eighteenth century onwards are highlighted in small displays throughout the permanent galleries; to follow the trail pick up a leaflet from the desk or from one of the gallery staff.

Introduction to glass engraving

Saturday 16 November 10.00–4.00

Cost £55 per workshop, includes all equipment and materials.

Booking essential by Saturday 2 November.

Numbers are limited to ensure everyone receives individual attention.  Discover the technique of glass engraving using a drill and diamond and stone tools. After practising the basic skills on flat glass, you will be able to design and decorate a lead crystal tumbler with your own masterpiece. 

Glass workshops led by Amanda Lawrence of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen.

Introduction to fusing and enamelling glass

Friday 15 November 10.00–4.00
Cost £55 per workshop, includes all equipment and materials.

Booking essential by Saturday 2 November.


Try your hand at two exciting glass techniques on this ‘taster day’. Learn to cut and fuse clear and coloured glass

to make jewellery-sized pieces and try decorating your work with glass enamels. Bring enthusiasm, patience and a spirit of enquiry!


Saturday 9 November 2013  10.30–4.00
Tickets: Full price £60 (inc. lunch)  Students £30 (inc. lunch)At 1.00pm there will be a dance performance, seeVoices Dancing on Glass (below) for details.

Connected through glass each of these speakers talk about their own area of expertise. Joining Colin Reid for the day are:

• Felicity Aylieff, Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art, on the Ceramics and Glass Programme, who has most recently been developing her practice working on large scale ceramic pots in collaboration with factories in Jingdezhen, China.

• Annie Cattrel, who has been a tutor at the Royal College of Art since 2000 and has lectured in numerous other art colleges. Her own work looks at the relationship between art, science and the poetic.

• Luke Jerram is recognised internationally for his innovative projects often working with specialist teams of scientists, engineers and craftsmen.

• Andrew Lacey’s expertise is in ancient and historic bronze casting techniques and inspiration from these sources filter through into his own work, teaching and for various TV programmes.

• The Contemporary Glass Society is one of the most important networks for glass, Pam Reekie has been and continues to be instrumental in ensuring the success of the society.

• The afternoon ends with discussion chaired by Jennifer Opie, former curator of contemporary glass, Victoria and Albert Museum, and a chance to look at the exhibition.

For Symposium tickets please contact

Voices Dancing on Glass

Wednesday 30, Thursday 31 October 2.00pm and Friday 1 November 2.00 & 3.00pm

Free event

A response to Colin Reid’s work in movement and sound by performing Arts students from University of Gloucestershire. Directed by Gillian Yates.

Glass workshops organised for adults in association with the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen

Glass and Light

Offsite stained glass workshop with Mollie Meager and Catrin Davies in the Forest of Dean.

25th-27th October, starting with a pre course supper on the 24th.

Suitable for all abilities

Cost: £250,  £50 reduction for students.

There is also the possibility of working on the land around the workshop as part payment.

Glass is invisible. By making marks on its surface, the glass becomes alive in its interaction with the world beyond. This course will begin by exploring mark making through drawing, painting and printmaking on paper. These images will inform the way we work on the glass, when we will use techniques such as engraving abraiding, painting and silver stain.

Accommodation nearby from camping to self catering cottages and B&B.

For further information please check Mollie Meager’s website, or

email:  Tel. 01594 562396

Open Monday – Wednesday / Friday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.15pm. Thursday 9.30am – 7.45pm. Sunday 11am – 4pm.
(Closed on 25 & 26 December, 1 January and Easter Sunday)

Admission free

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Clarence Street
GL50 3JT
Tel: 01242 237431