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Dudley glass artist makes history
5:20pm Friday 22nd June 2012 in News
DUDLEY born artist Terri College has made history by becoming the first female glass engraver to recreate the most famous cameo vase in antiquity.
Terri and colleagues at Stourbridge’s Ruskin Glass Centre have been busy creating a 21st century replica of the ancient Portland Vase, which is housed in the British Museum.
A blank was created back in September by glassmaker Richard Golding and engraver Terri, from Coseley, has now virtually finished replicating the intricate carved design on the vase - which was unveiled to the public at Kinver Country Fayre last Sunday (June 17).
Terri, aged 52 and a grandmother-of-two, is the first female engraver to ever try her hand at recreating the priceless vase, which experts estimate was crafted in Rome sometime between AD 5 and 25.
The talented enamel painter turned engraver has also created a copy of another important piece of Roman cameo glass - The Auldjo Jug - which is also housed in the British Museum and which is thought to have been crafted in Rome between 25 to 50 BC.
As well as the Auldjo Jug and Portland Vase, the team of Stourbridge glassmakers have also made an amphora style version of the Portland piece which experts believe was the vessel’s original shape before it was damaged in antiquity.
They have also made a cameo base to emulate a disc attached to the bottom of the vase from 1826 but which did not belong to it originally.
All of the pieces will be displayed at this year’s International Festival of Glass being held in Stourbridge in August before a permanent home is found in the town’s Glass Quarter.
Terri, who turned her hand to engraving ten years ago, said: “It’s great to be involved in this project and for people to know there are still skills about in the glass industry.”
A previous complete replica of The Portland Vase was created in Stourbridge was 1874.