As shipbuilding disappeard from the River Wear, another culture of shipbuiling arose in Sunderland - that of glass ships in bottles. In the late 1970s, newly redundant scientific glassblowers from James A. Jobling (Pyrex) started making glass ships in bottles, and it quickly developed into a successful business. As part of her residency at the National Glass Centre, glass artist and researcher Dr Ayako Tani has been investigating this aspect of local history, as well as learning glass blowing techniques from the veteran makers.
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition Vessels of Memory: Glass Ships in Bottles, the National Glass Centre will hold an artist's talk and opening ceremony. Dr Tani will discuss this interesting history of glass ships in bottles and introduce her new artwork, which she has developed at the National Glass Centre.
11am-12pm Artist's talk (Riverside Room, NGC)
1pm-1:30 Lathe demo (as part of the regular NGC demo)
2pm Opening speech
3-5pm networking (The Pod, NGC)
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