Chris Blade

Designer,Managing Director

Chris Blade MA (RCA)

As Managing Director of Cumbria Crystal, Chris brings 30 years of creative practice in the fields of glass design, manufacturing, project management & education in the creative industries to the company.

Graduating from the Royal College of Art with a Masters in Glass in 1987, and with the support of the Princes’ Trust, he founded his first design & manufacturing business at London’s South Bank in 1988. He was co-founder of the ‘Kings Walk Gallery’ on London’s Kings Road.

Chris’ advanced manufacturing knowledge has enabled him to project manage 500+ bespoke commissions for clients, including – William Grant (Glenfiddich Whisky), Spey Whisky, AkzoNobel, Nestlé, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Age UK, Gentoo, NHS Hospital Trusts, Thomas Heatherwick & Victoria Beckham Ltd.

15 years’ experience as a Higher Education lecturer in the field of Art & Design, in the South East of England have left Chris with a deep understanding of the Creative Industries, a passion for sharing knowledge and making dreams reality.

Interests: Classical guitar; paragliding; contemporary art & design; photography; music; travel to remote places.