The location is ideal since there are two working glass studios in the village, one of which, the world famous Isle of Wight Studio Glass (IOWSG) founded by the Harris family, is directly next door. The other studio, Diamond Isle Sculptured Glass founded by Paul Critchley, has built a worthy reputation in the last decade.
The museum will open its doors to the public on Saturday 19th March 2016 with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The museum celebrates the design and craftsmanship of glass makers on the Isle of Wight both past and present. It will surprise many that there are seven currently active glass studios on the island and several others have worked there in the past. The museum aims to exhibit work by all these studios, with more than 1000 exhibits on show at opening.
Anton Doroszenko, museum founder and director said:
“It has been a dream of mine for some time and now it is becoming reality.
“I had built a large personal collection of Isle of Wight studio glass and wanted to share my passion for its incredible design and craftsmanship with a wider audience. The museum was the answer.”
Mr Doroszenko has worked in publishing for more than 30 years and sees the museum as another way of communicating with the public. He added:
“There is a fascinating story to tell and I wouldn’t have been able to tell it without the amazing cooperation of the studios on the island, especially the Harris family”.
A studio open day is being held for Collectors Club members on Sunday 25th October.