10:20am Thursday 3rd October 2013
TRIBUTES have been paid to an influential glass designer who enjoyed a sparkling career with Stourbridge-based Stuart Crystal.
Renowned post-war British designer, Old Hill-born John Luxton, died in hospital on Sunday (September 29) after a short illness, aged 93.
He went to school in Halesowen, before training at Stourbridge School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London.
Mr Luxton, who lived in Hagley, spent his career with the world famous glassmaking firm based in Camp Hill, during which time he met the Pope and actress Grace Kelly.
He also designed a lead crystal trophy for the Mr Universe contest which resulted in his artwork adorning the mantlepieces of some of the world’s top musclemen.
Even after retiring, he was enticed back to work, in his 70s, to develop a new successful range for Stuart Crystal, which was marketed under the Waterford Wedgewood name and was known as the Luxton Collection Charles Hajdamach, one of the country’s leading glass experts, described Mr Luxton as “a major figure” and one of a group of very important post war British designers who drastically altered the cut glass scene in this country.
“John would be going to places like Sweden and Italy looking at what was happening there and a lot of glass he designed is now very much sought after.”
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