A regular exhibitor at Specialist Glass Fairs is contemporary glass artist Vic Bamforth, who will be bringing some of his free-blown, hand-painted paperweight sculptures to the Ickworth event. This is Sunflowers priced at £650 each.

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“We are fully booked at Ickworth with a maximum 40 exhibitors and there seems to be quite a bit of enthusiasm for the new venue,” he said.

“There is our usual mix of exhibitors, with about 60% contemporary artists and collectable mid-to-late 20th century glass dealers, while the rest offer antiques including Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.”

Bishop added that if the Ickworth event works out well it would become the ‘sister’ fair to the organisers’ annual glass fair at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire. “Ickworth in September, Knebworth in February,” he said.