Institute for International Research in Glass
The Institute for International Research in Glass (IIRG), launched in June 1998, is focused on the research and development of creative glass at a national and international level.
This research involves the creation of new artworks in glass, techniques and approaches to creative glass making, models of practice in terms of methods and content for glass, and contextual and historical information on glass. Much of our work is developed from the perspective of creative practitioners. The establishment of residencies, master classes and workshops, and the curation of exhibitions accompanied by publications also form important strands of IIRG’s agenda. To support this we have impressive research facilities based in the University of Sunderland's Glass and Ceramics Department's studios at the National Glass Centre, which is situated on the banks of the River Wear, Sunderland, UK. Our substantial range of equipment includes a CAD waterjet cutter (EU funded), a large Kiln / research workshop (SRIF II), Print Studio (SRIF III), with supporting staff. In 2011 we launched the Ceramics Arts Research Centre University of Sunderland (CARCuos) to support the development of ceramics research alongside IIRG. Combined, IIRG and CARCuos host some 30 research students from around the world studying PhD and MPhil degrees.
To develop new knowledge relevant to contemporary glass practice, and to explore diverse means of disseminating that information through the production of new artworks, exhibitions, residencies, master classes, workshops, and publications to provide an interface between high level practice in glass and other artists, students and the public.
To offer a forum for debate and inquiry on contemporary and historical issues in glass.
To support postgraduate research students in glass.
Professor Kevin Petrie PhD – IIRG Director
- (CARCuos Leader)
Tim Betterton – Senior Technician
Dr Jack Dawson – Senior Lecturer
James Maskary – Hot Glass Technician
Dr. Jeffery Sarmiento – Reader in Glass
Inge Paneels – Senior Lecturer
Colin Rennie – Senior Lecturer
Cate Watkinson – Senior Lecturer
Robert Winter – Ceramics Technician
Professor Sylva Petrova (1998-2012)
Professor Zora Palova (1996-)
Professor Dan Klein (1996-1998)
IIRG Visiting Professors
Professor Oiva Toikka (2005)
Professor Bertil Vallien (2000)
Jiri Harcuba (1999)
Stephen Procter (2000)
Professor Dan Klein (1998-)
My practice is interdisciplinary combining drawing, sculpture and film.
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.
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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