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Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Call: 0191 515 5555

BOOK BY PHONE: 0191 568 9700

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Artist Talk - Joseph Hillier and Christaan Maas

Free Artist Talk


During February and early March National Glass Centre is offering a series of early evening talks given by professionals from the creative industries including staff from the Faculty of Art Design and Media at the University of Sunderland. These talks will provide a range of case studies of the careers of professionals in the art and design field. The talks form part of the professional practice modules developed for BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics students at the University of Sunderland based in the National Glass Centre but are also open to the public. This programme has been supported by the Institute for International Research in Glass (IIRG) and Ceramics Arts Research Centre at the University of Sunderland. 

Please note these talks will take place at Lecture Theatre 007 of the Prospect Building on St Peter's Campus. 2 mins walk from National Glass Centre.

Joseph Hillier

Born in Cornwall in 1974, Hillier studied at Falmouth College of Art, then at Newcastle University. After graduation Hillier held a research post at Newcastle University for a number of years, whilst making a series of exhibitions in the UK.

In 2000 Hillier received the ‘Year of the Artist Award’, from the Arts Council of England whilst also completing his earliest publicly sited projects. The following year Hillier won a scholarship and teaching role at Tulane University in New Orleans where he completed an MFA and taught on the BA for a year. It was there he made the group of works Being Human; the group of five large works were sold to a single corporate collection, whilst being shipped back to the UK. This funded Joseph’s first studio in London, where he completed the installation Generation, and also held his first solo show in London at APT Gallery in 2005.

In 2006 the Scotsman identified the work, Dumb, shown with Workplace Gallery as a high point of the Glasgow international. Invited for a solo exhibition with the Contemporary Art Society at the Economist Plaza, London in 2007 Hillier has managed to balance his permanent publicly sited works with a strong exhibiting career including the latest Solo exhibition, it’s not true, but it might be beautiful, in early 2012, at the Myles Meehan Gallery, Darlington.

Elected associate member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2004, Hillier has been widely exhibited in galleries and sculpture parks. He has seventeen large-scale permanent installations nationally and internationally. The largest of these, In Our Image (2009), stands at 16.7m tall, and has received considerable international press interest.

In 2013 Hillier’s work was selected as a finalist in the national sculpture prize, at Broomhill, and for the summer exhibition at the Royal Academy.

Hillier lives in a rural village near Newcastle in the UK, where he has purpose built a studio to enable the creation of large-scale works for exhibition and to commission.


D.C. Maas 

Christiaan D. Maas is a dutch artist currently living in the United Kingdom. Chris started his glass career in 2002 after a brief contact with glass in his foundation year at the Rietveld Academie for fine arts in Amsterdam. His interest into this medium set him off on a decade long journey working and training as an assistant at different studio’s in the Netherlands and doing short courses around Europe. After completing a two year Glass skills course at the International glass centre Chris travelled Europe for several years working and learning at different studios and colleges. Chris was working in the UK in 2011 when he decided to complete his Bachelor in Applied Art & Design, specializing in Blown Glass, at Bournemouth University in the UK.
Since then Chris has been working as a freelance glassmaker and designer in Europe.

Christiaan's current work is a celebration of colour and movement. He uses transparency and the viscosity of glass when they are in a fluid state which allows him to capture the illusion of movement in colour. The process he has developed to make these objects is a process of reversing and re-creating. It enables him to influence the balance of light, colours and contrast within the objects. This reversion creates a unique set of characteristics in each object.



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