About the Organisers
Shiona Airlie studied history of art at Edinburgh University and then took a postgraduate diploma in art gallery and museum studies at the University of Manchester. She worked as exhibitions officer in Edinburgh before moving to Glasgow to set up the touring exhibition programme there. The daughter of a glassmaker, her final post in Glasgow was as curator of the Dutch and the Glass collections. She left that post to become the first Director of the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. She retired due to ill health in 1998. She now maintains her interest in glass by contributing to Scotlandsglass.co.uk, and has volunteered her expertise to assist in the 2010 celebrations. She also writes on Sino-British history and has published two books and numerous papers on the subject, as well as many biographical dictionary entries. A third biography has recently been commissioned from her.
Frank Andrews' background is in electronics, publishing and commercial computer software for global companies. In 1984, his research into Scottish glass led to the formation of a collectors club, which published six newsletters and, in turn, to him co-authoring Ysart Glass (1990), a book about decorative glass made by the Spanish Ysart family in Perth from 1924 to 1964. Since the late 1990s, Frank has been an information provider for glass collectors building the encyclopaedic website www.ysartglass.com. For the last two years, he has been creating the Scotland's Glass website www.scotlandsglass.co.uk as a homage to all involved in the world of glass but with Scottish roots. The intention that the site be a community initiative is slowly being realised, as more people get actively involved through their common interest, by providing images and/or articles. In 2005, he organised a successful conference in Perth that explored the impact of the Ysart family on the Scottish Glass industry.