James Powell & Sons of Whitefriars: Arts & Crafts Glass-makers

17 July – 1 November 2009

This exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see a comprehensive overview of domestic glass by James Powell & Sons of Whitefriars dating from the 1860s to the early 1920s (the company continued until 1980). The exhibition is presented in the unique setting of Blackwell’s gallery rooms which retain the ambience of domestic spaces, with inglenook fireplaces, stained glass and views across the Cumbrian landscape. Powell & Sons was the glass-maker of choice for many Arts & Crafts designers and architects, with an international reputation for the fusion of design innovation and fine craftsmanship. The company designed and produced domestic, architectural and scientific glass; Blackwell’s exhibition focuses on the domestic ranges, and includes over 100 pieces.


Supported by - Arts Council England

Image - Tazza (detail), 1902, © Manchester Metropolitan University Library


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