Glass Ships in Bottles by Ayako Tani

Glass Ships in Bottles at the Scottish Maritime Museum tells the remarkable story of highly skilled scientific glassblowers who were made redundant following the decline of heavy industry in the 70s.

Glass Ships in Bottles by Ayako Tani

About Glass Ships in Bottles by Ayako Tani

Glass Ships in Bottles has been curated by Dr Ayako Tani, a glass artist and researcher at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland.

The exhibition features Dr Tani’s collection of vintage glass ships in bottles, her own glass artwork and ‘Vessels in Memory’, an oral history and art project featuring filmed conversations with former scientific glassblowers.

Glass Ships in Bottles tells the remarkable story of highly skilled scientific glassblowers who were made redundant following the decline of heavy industry in the 1970s. Facing unemployment, they combined their experience making laboratory apparatus in an open flame with artistic flair to create and sell glass ships in bottles.

A boom in demand ensued and, by the 1990s, tens of thousands of these intricate glass ships were in production. The craft finally disappeared from the UK in 2005 and today the skill of scientific glassblowing is recognised as ‘Endangered’ by the Heritage Crafts Association.

Other Events at Scottish Maritime Museum Dumbarton

Hope Floats - Skylark IX

Hope Floats - Skylark IX

7th May 2022 - 31st December 2022

Hope Floats is a travelling exhibition which reveals the twisting story of 'Dunkirk Little Ship' Skylark IX.
Read more

Similar events you might like...

Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust Open Sundays

Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust Open Sundays

Selected dates between 8th May 2022 - 4th September 2022

The Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust opens its Bridgeton Bus Garage to the public on selected Sundays throughout the year!
Read more

Open Call  Exhibition Part 1

Open Call Exhibition Part 1

20th May 2022 - 4th June 2022

The Glasgow Gallery of Photography is back, now in our new gallery on Glassford street, with this International Open Call Exhibition!
Read more

Demon Drink

Demon Drink

20th May 2022 - 18th September 2022

This fascinating new exhibition at The Hunterian explores the theme of alcohol in art and the contradiction of the positive and negative consequences of the 'demon drink'.
Read more

Ideal Home Show Scotland

Ideal Home Show Scotland

26th May 2022 - 29th May 2022

Ideal Home Show Scotland makes a welcome return to the SEC Glasgow with a wonderland of inspiration for your home from the 26th - 29th May!
Read more

Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair

Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair

27th May 2022 - 29th May 2022

Browse and buy artwork from an exciting range of galleries and artists when the Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair returns to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in May!
Read more

Images of Research 2022: Adapting To Advance

Images of Research 2022: Adapting To Advance

2nd June 2022 - 12th June 2022

Discover how the University of Strathclyde's research is addressing today's global challenges, through an exhibition of stunning images as part of Glasgow Science Festival!
Read more

Devouring Technology - Betty The Basking Shark

Devouring Technology - Betty The Basking Shark

2nd June 2022 - 12th June 2022

Come visit Betty the e-waste shark at St Enoch's shopping centre and witness the colossal scale of the electronic waste problem in Scotland.
Read more

Glasgow’s Making Waves Exhibition

Glasgow’s Making Waves Exhibition

2nd June 2022 - 30th June 2022

Posters created by pupils from local primary schools Alexandra Park & Golfhill will be displayed in Dennistoun Library for Glasgow Science Festival's Glasgow's Making Waves Exhibition.
Read more

Maths Inside

Maths Inside

2nd June 2022 - 30th June 2022

Nourish a love of maths by joining Glasgow Science Festival on a journey of discovery with their exhibition Maths Inside.
Read more

Find other events in Glasgow

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Festival Village: Merchant City
The City Centre beer garden, Festival Village: Merchant City, is back and better than ever for summer with a new menu, fresh look and all-new boozy slushies!
Summer Nights at the Bandstand
The Summer Nights at the Bandstand festival returns to Kelvingrove Park for a seventh year with 13 nights of live music from of Van Morrison, The Waterboys, Pixies and many more!
A Play, A Pie and A Pint Spring Season
Adam and Eve, an Acid Bath Killer, political polarisation, a mysterious cult AND a Doric jukebox musical are just some of the features of A Play, A Pie and A Pint's fabulous Spring programme!
Art Car Boot Sale
The Art Car Boot Sale returns to SWG3 Glasgow on 25th & 26th June, come along and discover and purchase works from a host of talented contemporary artists!
FREE Open Air Cinema at QPA
Open-air cinema returns to Queen's Park Arena this summer with a selection of 'Cults & Classics' themed films including The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction and Big Trouble in Little China!

Popular Venues

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum King's Theatre Glasgow King Tut's Wah Wah Hut O2 Academy Glasgow SEC Armadillo Theatre Royal Glasgow The Pavilion Theatre Glasgow The Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall The OVO Hydro