After it was announced that Isle of Wight Studio Glass Ltd would be going into liquidation at the beginning of the year, good news arrives for all those involved with Isle of Wight Glass.
The Studio was founded by the late Michael Harris and his wife Elizabeth back in the early 1970s and until January was led by his son, Timothy.
On hearing of the liquidation, Michael’s younger brother, Richard Harris, has stepped forward to acquire the assets and keep the business in the family.
New company, new location
As those who have visited the Studio will know, is currently nestled in the Undercliff at St Lawrence.
However, new premises is being sought, so in the meantime, all the equipment (much of it very heavy and cumbersome) is slowly being moved out of the St Lawrence premises and placed in storage.
New company, new designs
We also hear that Isle of Wight glass will use the opportunity to take the designs in a new direction.
Timothy says: “I feel that the new configuration will allow me the freedom and opportunity to pay homage to what was, but also to develop in exciting new creative directions.”
“A privilege to have this opportunity”
Richard Harris says, “Although I know very little about glass, as a child I watched my elder brother’s career unfold from his art school days. I have a great affection and reverence for the medium of glass and for the extraordinary gift that Michael had, a gift that has passed to each of his sons Timothy and Jonathan.
“It is a privilege to have this opportunity to become involved in the family glassmaking tradition. As a youngster, even though I sometimes wanted to, I knew that I could never become an artist like my brother – I simply couldn’t compete. So I had to do something completely different and became a doctor! Although I am now retired from medicine, hopefully if I can run chunks of a hospital I can manage a glass studio, but time will tell!”
Captured on film
Those who follow My Isle of Wight might have seen the video feature fronted by Simon and produced by the MyIW team last year.
The 15 minute video feature explores the history of Isle of Wight Glass studio and sees Simon try his hand at making a glass paperweight.
Best of luck to the new incarnation of Isle of Wight Studio Glass.