Frank Thrower & Dartington Glass
by Eve Thrower & Mark Hill
112 pages, softback
243mm x 140mm portrait
Published 2nd June 2007
Frank Thrower was one of the most prolific and internationally successful glass designers of the 20th century. A self-taught and self-made man, he rapidly progressed from being a salesman to a renowned sales director and designer. From the inception of Dartington Glass in 1967, he provided the creative and marketing drive that contributed to the company’s considerable success. As the sole designer for almost twenty years, he produced over 700 innovative and popular designs, and received several prestigious awards. Personally, Frank enjoyed an enviable lifestyle. Charming and debonair, he earnt the respect of all who met him.With over 100 specially commissioned, full colour photographs including marks and labels, original family photographs, reproductions of company catalogues, and a specially written biography, this is the essential guide to Frank’s life and designs, and the company’s history.
• Over 115 specially commissioned, full colour images by Graham Rae.
• Over 80 black and white illustrations, including photographs from Frank Thrower’s personal archive and Thrower family albums.
• A detailed illustrated introduction by Eve Thrower, covering the life, designs and times of Frank Thrower, and the history of Dartington Glass.
• Item description pages each with a caption and footnote, including markings, size and pertinent information relating to the object shown above.
• A fully illustrated section covering colours, marks, labels and boxes.
• A section covering catalogues and posters from 1967 into the 1980s, including the very first Dartington catalogue ever produced.
Sponsored in part by The British Glass Educational Trust, this publication was produced to accompany the exhibition of the private collection of Dr Graham Cooley, held as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of Dartington Crystal at the Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon, England in Summer 2007. Visit the Glass Association website to learn more about the special DVD film that has been produced to commemorate the event.