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Dave Moir at Crooklands 10 March 2012
The meeting heard glassworker Dave Moir talk about his time at Vasart and at Strathearn Glass (where he became head Glassblower), and in particular his memories of Jack Allen.
Dave Moir and a photograph of Jack Allen
Xmas meeting at Ormskirk 10 December 2011
Not just the Christmas meeting, but the 10th Birthday party. Andy Nowson gave an overview of his new book on Caithness paperweights, and Kevin Moore entertained with some of the highlights and odder moments of the first 10 years of the NPS. The design competition for the 10th Anniversary paperweight was won by Helen Thornton.
Sue Broughton and the rest of the Committee

The NPS 10th Anniversary paperweight Helen receiving her certificate from NPS Vice Chairman Steve Rowe
The NPS birthday cake

Derek Carter at Accrington 8 October 2011
Collector Derek Carter - also the General Secretary and Archivist of the PCC - gave an illustrated talk on the history of glass making (and in particular paperweight making) in Perth.

Judy Taylor and Derek Carter
Members viewing the sales tables

Jonathan Harris at Altrincham 25 June 2011
Second generation glass maker Jonathan Harris was guest speaker at the June meeting held near Altrincham, Cheshire.

45 members were in awe as Jonathan explained how he created his Graal and Cameo pieces, many made with gold and silver leaf. He also told us about royal visits to his studio at Ironbridge and members of the royal family who have pieces in their collection.

A selection of Jonathan Harris' pieces
You can visit Jonathan Harris in his studio, in the courtyard of the Coalport China Museum. This is on the banks of the river Severn, within Shropshire's picturesque and famed Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.


Sue Broughton and Jonathan Harris

Peter Holmes at Kendal 12 March 2011
Over 40 people met near Kendal to hear Peter Holmes talk about his life as a paperweight maker, and to see examples of his latest work. There were also hundreds of paperweight to see or buy from the several paperweight dealers present.
Some of Peter's latest designs
Some of Peter's Paul Ysart Collection Peter with Pat and Colin Backhouse

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