Mark Holford

Professional member Elsewhere in the UK Collector

Passionate Collector of Contemporary Glass


I am passionate about widening the market for / interest in contemporary glass.

I am the patron of the Guild of Glass Engravers and a Liveryman of the Glass Sellers’ Livery Company. I was honoured in 2015 to be chairman of the jury of the British Glass Biennale.

I have been collecting glass for more than 40 years (60+ years on one view!). It is an eclectic collection but concentrates on abstract sculptural studio glass, as well as vessels, engraved glass and some factory pieces. It includes works by both British and overseas artists.

I commission glass for opera prizes (see below) and corporate gifts and have sponsored a number of glass prizes and events.  My most major commission was for the 2018 Wimbledon Tournament Artist, which was made by Nancy Sutcliffe and Katherine Huskie.

Any SGS Member is welcome to visit my collection: it is only 5 mins from Victoria Station/Tube. Equally I am happy to give you a virtual tour. In either case, just email me.

I am the chairman of a tech start-up and my wife and I run a charity supporting young opera singers (



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