Yesterday our managing director, Karen Somerville enjoyed the Schools' half-term break and treated her family to a day out at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow's West End for a little bit of culture.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum opened in 1901 and is popular with local families and visitors from overseas. It takes pride of place on the outskirts of Kelvingrove Park, commanding the skyline below the gothic structure of the University of Glasgow's main campus building.
At the museum, you can explore 22 galleries and discover everything from art to animals, ancient Egypt to Charles Rennie Mackintosh and more. However, we were particularly interested in one exhibit... TOM YOUNG MBE glassware.
Tom Young, our co-director, has been glass blowing since 1955, he has been blowing glass so long in fact that he has glassware on exhibition at the world famous Kelvingrove Gallery.
There are 2 pieces of Toms on display which were purchased by the museum some time ago, approximately 1999.
One of these pieces is a large perfume bottle with cobalt blue striping and a contemporary teardrop stopper., and the other is a blue bottle which has had silver chloride added to give a rich blue and metallic covering. Both these contemporary designs were groundbreaking and used techniques lamp workers had never used before.
If you are interested in seeing these pieces of glassware, they are part of a bigger exhibition involving Scotland's glass history, they are located in the Mackintosh room alongside Salvador Dali.
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