A new book has been published on the glass of the Birmingham School of Art. Stained Glass Window Makers of Birmingham School of Art, by Ray Albutt, compiles the work of glass-makers trained as artists and craftsmen at Birmingham School of Art [Fig. 4].
The book discusses the development and importance of the first municipal school of art in the country and features the work of stained-glass makers who were affiliated with the school and influenced by its Arts and Crafts ethos, such as Florence Camm and Sydney Meteyard. The book features the work of artists from across the country, with well-known examples from Worcestershire and beyond, including the Festival Trophy Window in Evesham Methodist Church, created by Yoxhall and Whitford in 1956, and ‘Let the Heavens Rejoice’ in St Peter and St Paul Church in Blockley, made by the same artists in 1975. Nearby Madresfield Court Chapel also features in the book, as do examples of work from Bromsgrove, Redditch and Droitwich.
For each maker, the book includes biographical information, training, brief particulars of other art works, work in stained glass, a gazetteer, and colour photographs of windows. Copies of the book, priced £12.95 + £2 p&p, are available from Mr Albutt, by writing to 11 Great Calcroft, Pershore WR10 1QS, calling 01386 552127, or visiting the website. It is also available from Waterstones.