This page contains links to the major Paperweight Clubs and Glass Fairs.
Being a member of the international paperweight clubs and associations offers a number of benefits: not only will you be made welcome in a group of like-minded collectors who meet to exchange ideas about paperweights, their publications keep you up-to-date with a calendar of forthcoming events, new findings from the world of paperweights and new artists.
Paperweight Collectors Circle (PCC), England
The PCC has a large, international collector/dealer membership. Meetings are organized throughout the year (generally on a Saturday) at various locations, in the south, south-west and the Midlands. Guest speakers and glass artists are invited to talk on paperweights or paperweight-related topics, dealers are present and members can also offer weights for sale. A Garden Party is often held in the summer and trips are arranged to places of interest for paperweight collectors. The club publishes an informative Newsletter 3 times year, which is mailed to all members in good standing. The 20-page Newsletter contains reports on club activities and articles on a variety of paperweight-related topics contributed by members.
For further information use this link to the PCC website:
Northern Paperweight Society (NPS), England
As the name implies, the NPS is mainly active in the north of England and has a very supportive collector/dealer membership. Meetings are held at various venues throughout the year culminating in the AGM/Christmas Party in early December. The Society invites guest speakers and glass artists to meetings, which usually start with a lunch so there is plenty of time to catch up on the latest news while being tempted by the wares offered by the attending dealers! The NPS also arranges trips for its members and publishes its own magazine The Gather twice a year.
Should you require further information use this link to the NPS website:
Paperweight Collectors Association, Inc. (PCA), USA
The PCA is the world’s largest paperweight organization and represents not only collectors but dealers and artists. The Association issues a Quarterly Newsletter and every year it publishes an Annual Bulletin, which has earned a reputation for being the most comprehensive and up-to-date publication for the advanced collector, an absolute must ! Every 2 years, the PCA organizes a major 3/4 day Convention at a different venue around the United States. There are talks on the most diverse aspects of paperweight collecting, the major dealers set up sales booths and you can meet many of the leading American paperweight artists.
For further information use this link to the PCA webite:
National Glass Fair, Birmingham, England
The National Glass Fair - held twice a year (generally in May and again in November) at the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham - is Britain's leading antique and collectable glass fair, with exhibitors offering a wide choice of glassware from the 18th Century right through to contemporary studio glass... including, of course, paperweights.
For more details use this link to the fair's website:
The Glass Fair @ Knebworth, Knebworth House, Stevenage, England
The Glass Fair at Knebworth House, 29 miles north of London, just off the A1(M) at Stevenage attracts some 70 exhibitors offering a broad selection of glass (including paperweights, of course) from all eras - antique and modern - and to suit all tastes. Usually held on a Sunday in February.
For details of dates use this link to the fair's website: