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Michael Harris founded his second glassworks, Isle of Wight Glass Studio in 1972, at Old Park, St Lawrence, Isle of Wight in England, after leaving his first glassworks, Mdina Glass, in Malta. During the 1970's, some designs developed at Mdina Glass were also produced at Isle of Wight Studio, including the brown & gold pattern "Tortoiseshell", and a blue & green colourway named "Seaward". Many more designs and patterns were created at Isle of Wight Studio, including "Aurene", which featured speckled effects and iridescent streaks, and "Azurene", coloured glass fused with gold and silver leaf. Several popular iridescent ranges have also been produced, including "Golden Peacock" and "Summer Fruit". In the 1980's, Michael's wife Elizabeth Harris began working a a designer at the factory, and the couple were soon joined by their two sons, Timothy Harris (glassmaker) and Jonathan Harris (designer). After Michael died in 1994, the factory was run by Elizabeth and Timothy, until going into liquidation in 2012. At this point, Michael's younger brother Richard Harris aquired most of the assets, and in 2013, together with Timothy, set up a new company, Isle of Wight Studio Glass (2013) Ltd, shortly after they aquired the original name Isle of Wight Studio Glass Ltd. The factory was moved to a new location on the Isle of wight, the Arreton Barnes Craft Village, where production resumed in 2014 and still continues.

Sources: 20th Century Factory Glass by Lesley Jackson.

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Isle of Wight Studio Tortoiseshell Glass Globe Vase by Michael Harris

A British brown and golden striped glass globe vase. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Tortoiseshell" range, flame pontil mark to base.

Isle of Wight Studio Tortoiseshell Glass Vase by Michael Harris

A British brown and golden striped glass vase. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Tortoiseshell" range, flame pontil mark to base.

Isle of Wight Studio/Michael Harris Tortoiseshell Glass Vase

A British brown and golden striped glass globe vase. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Tortoiseshell" range, flame pontil mark to base and labelled.

Isle of Wight Studio/Michael Harris Tortoiseshell Glass Vase

A British brown and golden striped glass squat vase. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Tortoiseshell" range, flame pontil mark to base.

Isle of Wight Studio/Michael Harris Aurene Glass Globe Vase

A British brown and green glass globe vase with iridescent streaks. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Aurene" range, flame pontil mark to base and labelled.

Isle of Wight Studio/Michael Harris Aurene Glass Globe Vase

A British brown and blue glass globe vase with iridescent streaks. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Aurene" range, flame pontil mark to base.

Isle of Wight Studio 'Heather' Purple & Blue Glass Globe Vase

A British purple and blue glass globe vase. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Heather" range, flame pontil mark to base and labelled.

Isle of Wight Studio Glass Lollipop Vase - Labelled

A British green, pink and clear glass lollipop vase. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, labelled.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Azurene Black' Glass Vase

A British black glass globe vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Black" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Azurene Black' Glass Vase

A British black glass squat vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Black" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Azurene Black' Glass Vase

A British black glass cylinder vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Black" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Azurene Black' Glass Vase

A British black glass cylinder vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Black" range, flame pontil mark to base. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio / Harris 'Azurene Black' Glass Cylinder Vase

A British black glass cylinder vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Black" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Azurene Gold' Glass Vase

A British black glass cylinder vase with gold leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Gold" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Azurene Gold' Glass Vase

A British black glass globe vase with gold leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Gold" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio / Harris 'Azurene Gold' Glass Apple

A British black glass apple sculpture with gold leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Gold" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio / Harris 'Azurene Blue' Glass Globe Vase

A British blue glass globe vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Blue" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio / Harris 'Azurene Blue' Glass Bowl

A British blue glass bowl with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Blue" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio / Harris 'Azurene Blue' Glass Paperweight

A British blue glass pebble shaped paperweight with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Blue" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio / Harris 'Azurene Azure' Glass Cylinder Vase

A British pale blue glass cylinder vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Azure" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Azurene Green' Glass Vase

A British green glass globe vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Green" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Azurene Green' Glass Vase

A British green glass cylinder vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Green" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Azurene Pink' Glass Vase

A British pale pink glass vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Pink" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Azurene Pink' Glass Vase

A British dark pink glass globe vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Pink" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Azurene Pink' Glass Lollipop Vase

A British pink glass lollipop vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Pink" range, boxed and labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Azurene Pink' Glass Vase

A British pink glass squat vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Pink" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Azurene Pink' Glass Vase

A British pink glass globe vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Pink" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Azurene Pink' Glass Vase

A British pink glass squat vase with gold and silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Azurene Pink" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in collaboration with William Walker in 1978.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Summer Fruits' Glass Vase

A British pink glass cylinder vase with spots and lines pattern, and iridescent finish. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Summer Fruits" range, "Cranberry" colourway, labelled. Designed by Timothy and Jonathan Harris in 1993.

Isle of Wight Studio 'Summer Fruits' Cranberry Glass Vase

A British pink glass vase with spots and lines pattern, and iridescent finish. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Summer Fruits" range, "Cranberry" colourway, labelled. Designed by Timothy and Jonathan Harris in 1993.

Isle of Wight Studio 'Summer Fruits' Cranberry Glass Bird

A British pink glass bird sculpture with spots and lines pattern, and iridescent finish. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Summer Fruits" range, "Cranberry" colourway, labelled. Designed by Timothy and Jonathan Harris in 1993.

Isle of Wight Studio 'Summer Fruits' Mulberry Glass Vase

A British dark blue glass cylinder vase with spots and lines pattern, and iridescent finish. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Summer Fruits" range, "Mulberry" colourway, labelled. Designed by Timothy and Jonathan Harris in 1993.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Summer Fruits' Glass Vase

A British green glass cylinder vase with spots and lines pattern, and iridescent finish. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Summer Fruits" range, "Greenberry" colourway, labelled. Designed by Timothy and Jonathan Harris in 1993.

Isle of Wight Studio 'Summer Fruits' Greenberry Glass Bird

A British green glass bird sculpture with spots and lines pattern, and iridescent finish. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Summer Fruits" range, "Greenberry" colourway, labelled. Designed by Timothy and Jonathan Harris in 1993.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Summer Fruits' Glass Vase

A British blue glass squat vase with spots and lines pattern, and iridescent finish. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Summer Fruits" range, "Blueberry" colourway, labelled. Designed by Timothy and Jonathan Harris in 1993.

SIGNED Isle of Wight Studio 'Summer Fruits' Glass Miniature Vase

A British gold glass miniature cylinder vase with spots and lines pattern, and iridescent finish. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Summer Fruits" range, "Goldberry" colourway, signed and labelled. Designed by Timothy and Jonathan Harris in 1993.

Isle of Wight Studio/Michael Harris Golden Peacock Glass Vase

A British white glass cylinder vase with gold leaf and purple swirls. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Golden Peacock" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in 1982.

Isle of Wight Studio/Michael Harris Golden Peacock Glass Vase

A British white glass globe vase with gold leaf and blue swirls. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Golden Peacock" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in 1982.

Isle of Wight Studio/Michael Harris Golden Peacock Glass Vase

A British white glass squat vase with gold leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Golden Peacock" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in 1982.

Isle of Wight Studio Golden Peacock White Glass Bird

A British white glass bird sculpture with gold leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Golden Peacock" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in 1982.

Isle of Wight Studio/Michael Harris Golden Peacock Glass Vase

A British green glass cylinder vase with gold leaf and blue swirls. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Golden Peacock" range, labelled. Designed by Michael Harris in 1982.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Meadow Garden' Glass Vase

A British white glass squat vase with pink and green lines and spots. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Meadow Garden" range, "Poppy" colourway, labelled. Designed by Michael & Elizabeth Harris in 1982.

Isle of Wight Studio/Michael Harris Kyoto Glass Paperweight

A British golden glass egg shaped paperweight with white, pink and green lines and spots. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Kyoto" range, "Cherry" colourway, labelled. Designed by Michael & Elizabeth Harris in 1982.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris Sweet Pea Glass Perfume Bottle

A British white glass squat perfume bottle with coloured swirls. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Sweet Pea" range, labelled. Designed by Elizabeth & Timothy Harris, in production 1991 - 1993.

Isle of Wight Studio/Harris 'Victorian' Blue Glass Vase

A British blue glass cylinder vase with silver leaf. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Victorian" range, labelled. Designed by Jonathan Harris in 1989.

Isle of Wight Studio / Harris Blue Glass 'Lace' Vase

A British dark blue glass cylinder vase with strong iridescent finish and swirling mirror effect. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Lace" range, labelled. Designed by Elizabeth Harris in 1988.

Isle of Wight Studio Gold Iridescent Glass Bird - Labelled

A British golden iridescent glass bird sculpture. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, labelled.

Isle of Wight Studio Green + Blue Glass Bird - Labelled

A British blue, green and clear glass bird sculpture. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, labelled.

Isle of Wight Studio 'Four Seasons - Autumn' Brown Glass Vase

A British brown glass vase with applied flower decoration. Made by Isle of Wight Studio, from their "Four Seasons" range, in the "Autumn" colourway, labelled. In production 1981-1982.


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References

For more information on Isle of Wight Studio glass, check out the following resources:

Books


Michael Harris: Mdina Glass and Isle of Wight Studio Glass | ISBN 978-0955286513


20th Century Factory Glass | ISBN 978-1857322675

Websites

www.isleofwightstudioglass.co.uk - official website of Isle of Wight Studio
www.iowstudioglass.wikidot.com - excellent resource for identifying Isle of Wight Studio glassware