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Plaque honour for 'Rembrandt of Glass'

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By John Workman

Pictured, from the left, Natalie Neale, Graham Knowles, Graham Fisher,  Guy Keerat, Ian Dury and Patrick Harley

Pictured, from the left, Natalie Neale, Graham Knowles, Graham Fisher, Guy Keerat, Ian Dury and Patrick Harley

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BLACK Country engraver George Woodall, who was described by the Daily Telegraph as "The Rembrandt of Glass", was honoured last week.

Arguably the greatest glass cameo engraver of the 19th century Woodall (1850-1925), who worked at the Amblecote glassworks of Thomas Webb & Sons, was remembered last Thursday when a plaque (above) was commissioned and presented by the Webb Corbett Visitor Centre based at Ruskin Glass in Amblecote.

It was unveiled at the Thai Dusit Restaurant in Market Street, Kingswinford, by kind permission of the restaurant manager Keerat I Pong Chanakul (Guy), in recognition of Woodall's outstanding contribution to cameo glass. The location chosen was formerly known as Luton House, the home of George Woodall and his family and also where George had a studio following his retirement from Thomas Webb & Sons in 1911.

Those present at the unveiling were Graham Knowles, Chairman of the British Glass Foundation; Ian Dury, the co-ordinator of the 2012 Portland Vase Project and also the man behind the design and creation of the plaque; Councillor Patrick Harley, Conservative group leader on Dudley Council; Natalie Neale, prospective councillor for Wall Heath and North Kingswinford, and Graham Fisher MBE.

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