Thursday 16 November 2017
Cracking Glass is an overview of Britain’s ‘Big Four’ postwar glass companies, comprising Whitefriars, King’s Lynn (Wedgwood), Caithness and Dartington. As well as company and designer histories, special slides examine, compare and contrast ‘Good, Better, Best’ examples from each company. The emergence of these factories is put into context and major influences behind them are discussed. The current glut of Whitefriars fakes are covered, including tips on how to spot them.
Studied History of Art & Architecture (BA Hons), and began his career as a porter and Junior Cataloguer at Bonhams, before moving to Sotheby's where he was a Specialist in the Collectors' Department. He became director of an internet company, forming and running a ground-breaking deal with eBay Live Auctions. Since 2002 he has been the co-author (with Judith Miller) of the internationally published Collectables Price Guide. Mark founded his own publishing company in 2005 to produce books on specialist subjects in 20th century design and decorative arts. A "Miscellaneous" expert on the Antiques Roadshow since 2007, he has co-presented three primetime factual TV series on antiques and collecting for BBC2. Mark has lectured across the world including at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and contributed to many newspapers, magazines, radio and TV Programmes. He is a Freeman of the Workshipful Company of Arts Scholars and a Freeman of the City of London.