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Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL

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

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About IIRG


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.


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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)

Stepan Pala 

Stephen Procter (2000)

Professor Dan Klein (1998-)

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National Glass Centre
Liberty Way
SR6 0GLUnited Kingdom

Lesley Christie


+44 (0)1915153771

Professor Kevin Petrie MA(RCA) PhD FHEA

+44 (0)191 515 3610

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