Free talks by artists
Please Note: These talks will take place in Lecture Theatre 007, St Peter's Campus, University of Sunderland (2 minutes walk from National Glass Centre)
No need to book
Ben Walters gives a brief introduction to his two companies, one his personal art production (gallery and retail) and the other a design consultancy, specialising in glass manufacturing plant construction and industrial product design. He will give a brief background and short video on where his office is based in the hillside of china and how his team live and develop work in this remote location. A brief description of his journey from education into the professional glass industry. Specifically looking at good and bad decisions shaping his career and the material in hand.
Ben will also explore international manufacturing trends and the future of newly developing art glass factory production in Asia. He will discuss his current factory construction and detail their investment plan for the next 5 years showing how they intend to grow, develop and also move from art glass and into the construction industry.
Christopher McHugh discusses his doctoral project which is jointly based at the university and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Inspired by the museum’s collection of 19th Century Sunderland lustreware pottery, McHugh has worked with a range of local community groups, ranging from school children to British Army soldiers, in order to make a new body of ceramic artwork. Several examples of how his research and professional practice have overlapped will be discussed, including his recent placement at the National Museum of Ethnology in Japan.
During January and February the National Glass Centre is offering a series of evening talks given by professionals from the creative industries including staff from the glass and ceramics department of the University of Sunderland (which is based in the centre). These talks will provide a range of case studies of the careers of professionals in the glass and ceramics 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.
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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