Glass studio goes green

An internationally renowned glassmaker is converting his glass studio based in the new Stourbridge Glass Museum from gas fired to all-electric.

Working in conjunction with local companies Allister Malcolm has successfully merged old skills with leading edge technology in reducing both his energy bills and carbon footprint by substantial amounts.

In a business heavily subject to increasing fuel costs and burgeoning environmental concerns Allister feels he has made steps to address both in a way that he sees may offer opportunities for other glassmakers both locally and around the wider glass world to address questions of sustainability.

Allister, who is also a Trustee of the British Glass Foundation has released a video explaining his endeavours. He said:

“Only twelve months ago there was nobody around to offer me any advice to this level and I felt very lonely.

"Hopefully there are others who will benefit from me sharing this wealth of information in developing their own operations into a more sustainable future.”

Allister’s work is now admired worldwide with examples of his talents represented in Museum collections in the USA, UK and Europe. He operates form the Hot Shop in the new Stourbridge Glass Museum and as a Trustee of the British Glass Foundation was instrumental in its creation.

He continues to be involved in its development as a world-class facility housing the internationally renowned Stourbridge Glass Collection.


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