The Contemporary Glass Society was established in 1997 to represent the interests of national and international glassmakers. It first grew out of the vision of studio glass pioneer, Peter Layton, and is this year celebrating a remarkable 25 years. Its team is passionate about glass and the artists working with this amazing medium. Today it has almost 1,000 members and continues to grow. The Society approached us last year to collaborate with them for a very special showcase where The Craft Centre and Design Gallery would curate 25 makers for a two-part celebration of glass by some of the most renowned glass makers based in the UK and beyond. As it’s a very special anniversary for us this year and the International Year of Glass, we jumped at the chance of this fantastic opportunity to bring some outstanding glass to the city of Leeds, and to give it the spotlight it so rightly deserves.