Jeffrey Sarmiento’s working methods for image transfer in glass have taken him all over Europe and the US as an artist and academic. He holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a PhD from the University of Sunderland, where he is Reader in Glass. He has also lived in Denmark as a Fulbright fellow, and received emerging artist residencies at UrbanGlass in New York and at Pilchuck Glass School. His work has been shortlisted for the Bombay Sapphire Prize, and he has held solo exhibitions in Copenhagen, Portland, and Istanbul. In 2012 he was the UK national commissioner for the European Glass Context in Denmark, and he also won the International Glass Prize, at GlazenHuis, Belgium. His artwork is in the collections of the Museum of Liverpool, UK, the Speed Museum, USA, and the City of Lommel, Belgium.
Based at the National Glass Centre in Northeast England, Jeffrey leads the print and waterjet research areas by teaching, executing artist projects and making his own artwork. As a Filipino-American, his work is inspired by foreign ethnic contexts, visualised through collisions of layered images within glass. His research interests include:
Cultural identity expressed through glass art
Artworks responding to museum ethnography
Print for glass and ceramics
Waterjet cut and kilnformed glass
Constructions: New work by Jeffrey Sarmiento, National Glass Centre, October 2013-January 2014 (Forthcoming)
Constructions is a mid-career solo exhibition supported by a significant monograph and an international tour. Exploring meanings, interpretations and fabrication, the concept of cultural constructions visualises language, artefact, social history, and architecture. The physical construction of the artworks, using silkscreen printing, digital manufacture, kilnforming, carving and polishing, combines glassmaking technologies both ancient and modern.
Composites, S12 Gallery, Bergen, Norway March-May 2013
A body of new artworks influenced by local architecture was made in screenprinted and fabricated glass for group exhibition. Facilitated through S12's Artist in Residence program, Composites considers three approaches in glass, experimental in process and idea. Cultural interpretations, modernist architectural fantasy, and the investigation to understanding the material itself comprise a structure of individual creative visions.
Books and Buildings, SODA Istanbul/Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago June-July 2012, November-December 2012
The working ideas for this travelling solo exhibition combine inspirations from local Northeast England history and the urban edifice with new fabrication methods in printed, cut and kilnformed glass. The show featured three wall mounted large-scale glass artworks inspired by the architectural façade and the library and a series of polished glass book forms.
The Object: International Glass Prize, Glazenhuis, Lommel, Belgium July-October 2012
This triennial juried exhibition and competition featured 47 glass objects chosen from 1422 entries. The thematic focus was on ‘the object’ and its potential for meaning in craft, art and design. Comb (2010), a printed, waterjet cut and polished glass artwork, was exhibited in The Object and was one of four recipients of the International Glass Prize. It was also acquired by the City of Lommel for permanent collection.
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Head of Enterprise, Commissioning & the Studio
I am Head of Enterprise, Commissioning and the Studio at National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, England and am a member of the Senior Management Team.
My practice is interdisciplinary combining drawing, sculpture and film.
I am an Israeli artist based in the UK working primarily in kiln cast glass.
Glass Maker and Artist
I have worked at National Glass Centre since finishing my degree in 2005.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Sara Jo Harrison joined National Glass Centre in 2012 to support the Centre's marketing and Communications strategy.
My work uses a range of media which acknowledges the interface between both traditional practice and new media.
Learning and Engagement Officer
Rachel joined National Glass Centre in 2007 to support the Centre's learning and engagement programme having completed MA Glass the previous year.
Kalki Mansel is one of National Glass Centre's resident glass artists.
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