The Glass Show (1993)
Picked by Adrian Sassoon, gallery owner, for Crafts' September/October 2014 issue
'The Crafts Council’s exhibition in Islington was absolutely what a major show should be – an exciting, revealing and pleasurable presentation of the best of the best. The best of British work, to inspire those in this country to admire, collect, trade in, or perhaps make, glass. By 1993 I had seen a great deal of contemporary ceramics but less glass. In that show I saw work by artists I had never heard of before, but I soon made it my business to meet many of them. They were at various stages in their careers, but the exhibition showed accomplished work made through as many glass processes as possible. It inspired me to collect and to deal in the work of many of those artists. In retrospect, I can see that the selection panel included Dan Klein – the nicest, kindest, wisest contemporary glass enthusiast-with-a-commercial-twist of his generation. I haven’t seen any museum exhibition in the capital city of our country of such high-quality on any aspect of British craft objects since this one in 1993 – have you?'