Glass Nouveau and Deco: Mysteries and Masterpieces


This day school considers the rise of glass-working from craft to art, exploring the mysteries, tracing the evolution of techniques and technology, and celebrating the spectacular masterpieces.

Glass is one of the oldest human-made materials and certainly the most mysterious. It is also dangerous, difficult to work and beautiful, a combination fascinating to craftspeople, artists and collectors throughout history.

The beginnings of the shift of glass-working from craft to art are intimately linked to the rise of Art Nouveau in the 19th century: artists including Émile Gallé and Louis Comfort Tiffany challenged all expectations of glass as a medium, both through hand-crafted, unique creations and in factory-made designs which raised standards of commercial production to make good glass more generally available.

In the inter-war period glass art was central to the style known as Art Deco: René Lalique’s perfume bottles, vases, lamps, car mascots and interior decoration brought glass to an ever-growing market, while firms such as Sabino produced imitations at affordable prices. Daum Frères perfected the art of modelling in pâte-de-verre glass and Maurice Marinot pioneered the concept of the individual glassworker producing unique pieces without the support of a team. The period also saw the rise of the great Scandinavian glass companies: Orrefors and Kosta in Sweden, Iitala and Nuutajårvi in Finland, pioneering a range of techniques within an aesthetic informed by nature in the North.

Today the names of the masters of Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass have become familiar far beyond the narrow circles of collecting and curating; glass art is all around us, mysterious and alluring.

This course will close for enrolment 2 days prior to the start date

Programme details


Stone of the kind that flows: Glass, a few preliminaries

Tea/coffee break

Dreams and enchantment: the glass of Art Nouveau

Lunch break

Necessary is not sufficient: Art Deco glass masters

Tea/coffee break

Destination X: Glass art – Art glass

Course disperses


Description Costs
Tuition fee (includes tea/coffee) £85.00
Baguette £6.10
Hot lunch (3 courses) £16.50


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Justine Hopkins

Course tutor

Justine Hopkins read English and Drama at Bristol University, followed by an MA at the Courtauld Institute. After a year as an archaeological illustrator, she took a PhD at Birkbeck College exploring relationships between science, religion and landscape painting in the nineteenth century. Her biography of twentieth century painter and sculptor Michael Ayrton appeared in 1994. She has contributed articles to a wide variety of periodicals and dictionaries; her latest article, on Serb sculptor Ivan Meštrović, appeared in Sculpture Journal last year. She works as a freelance lecturer in Art History for institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Oxford and Cambridge Universities; she is a registered lecturer for the Arts Society.


Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.