The fragile beauty of luxury glass craft... Yorkshire style

Kate Jones of Gillies Jones Glass, with landscape bowls which will be seen in the Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Arts. Picture: Tony Bartholomew

Kate Jones of Gillies Jones Glass, with landscape bowls which will be seen in the Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Arts. Picture: Tony Bartholomew

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Work by Yorkshire glassmakers Gillies Jones will be seen in a showcase celebrating the work of the UK’s leading craftmakers.

Rosedale glassmakers, Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones, are appearing in the exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, as alumni of the Crafted mentoring programme run by Walpole, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to further the interests of the British luxury industry. They are showing five large pieces of glass, each decorated with a landscape inspired by their surroundings in the North York Moors National Park.

The showcase, which runs from Thursday to Saturday, is free of charge to visit and open to all.

Ms Jones said: “We’re delighted to be selected as part of this prestigious showcase of contemporary craft, showing our work alongside 30 makers across the disciplines in a unique cultural organisation: a place where art is made, exhibited and debated.”

The Crafted programme was founded four years ago to 
protect and promote traditional skills that are often forgotten 
and overlooked in an era of digital design and mass production.

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