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English Society of Glass Technology Asks Alfred University Dean Emeritus David Pye for Commemorative Piece
2/02/17

Stained glass piece commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the English Society of Glass Technology

Stained glass piece commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the English Society of Glass Technology

When the English Society of Glass Technology (SGT) last September celebrated  the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1916, members of the Glass and Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society asked L. David Pye, Alfred University Dean Emeritus, to construct a stained glass piece that would be presented to the SGT at its Centenary Conference in Sheffield, England.

Pye based his piece on the historic logo of the SGT, and the artwork is now  permanently displayed in  the Board  Room of the SGT.

The English Society of Glass Technology was founded in 1916 as a means of helping  English industry during World War I. It was a forerunner to the founding of the Glass and Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society in 1919 and the German Society of Glass Technology in 1922. It also played a world-recognized  leadership role in advancing glass science and glass art through its journals, annual meetings, and international support of other glass societies including the International Commission on Glass.

To celebrate this milestone, the SGT convened the Centenary Conference in Sheffield, England last September, encompassing both glass science and glass art. It was attended by over 400 glass scientists, engineers, educators, and artists from across the globe. 

At the opening of a special evening session, the  commemorative stained glass piece was presented to Dr. Russell Hand, president of the Society, along with an accompanying plaque  that reads as follows:

“On the occasion of the Centenary Celebration of the Society of Glass Technology, the Glass & Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society made possible the creation of this  stained glass piece  in recognition of the enormous and sustained contributions by the Society over the last century to the advancement of Glass Science and Engineering throughout the world. Based on the Centenary Logo of the Society, this piece was designed and constructed by L. David Pye, Honorary Fellow of the Society, Past President of the International Commission on Glass, and Past President of the American Ceramic Society.

"Presented to the Society on September 6th, 2016 at its Centenary Meeting in Sheffield, England by the Officers of the Division:  Randall Youngman, Edgar Zanotto, Pierre Lucas, Liping Huang, and Past Chair Steven Feller.

“This gift was made possible through the generosity of Richard K. Brow and members of the Glass & Optical Materials Division."