Stourbridge’s newly refurbished Ruskin Glass Centre is throwing open its doors and readying itself for a busy festive season.
Following a £1.4 million refurbishment funded by Advantage West Midlands, the site that once was home to the greats such as Royal Doulton and Webb Corbett is continuing to help glassmakers thrive in Stourbridge.
The extensive works have resulted in 15 workshops, all home to independent businesses housing a range of glass craftspeople as well as other complementary businesses.
Manager Leigh White said: “We are thrilled with what has been achieved on what was once a rather neglected site and are proud of the quality of artists and businesses.”
Ruskin Glass Centre hosts a range of glass crafts from live glassblowing, respected studio glass artists, engravers, glass decorators and glass repair specialists.
It is also home to the complementary trades of furniture design, handmade soap, textiles, photography, printing and publishing as well as a new cafe.
The firm’s catering manager Chris Williams said: “It’s an extremely exciting opportunity to open the cafe providing the local area and beyond with the finest offerings, using locally sourced organic produce, most of which is being sourced as close as Kinver.”
Future plans for the centre include hosting masterclasses and short breaks, working in partnership with the on-site experts.