Glass Exchange – Artistic Development opportunity

About Glass Exchange

National Glass Centre is working to deliver a major project called Glass Exchange. 

Supported by funding from Arts Council England, Art Fund, the Henry Moore Foundation and the Coastal Communities fund we are working with four contemporary artists who will create major new commissions in glass to be displayed in Sunderland and Durham from Spring 2022. 

The commissioned artists are Pascale Marthine Tayou, Monster Chetwynd, Katie Paterson and Ryan Gander.

What are the artistic development opportunities

Alongside the delivery of these commissions, Glass Exchange will also create opportunities for local and regional artists, including allowing those specialising in glass to share their skills and artists working in other media to explore the potential of glass.

We’re delighted to be able to offer this artist development opportunity for Sunderland-based non-glass artists.

Across August, we will be running four artist different workshops including screen printing, flameworking, glass casting and stained glass making.

There are twelve free places (three per workshop) with the four established glass artists which offer the opportunity of two full days intensive workshops (or the equivalent half days) in your chosen area.

About the workshops

Cath Forsythe – cast glass (5 & 7 August)

Cast your hand in Glass. An introduction into Lost Wax Casting. Within this workshop you will get the opportunity to investigate the techniques required to cast your hand in glass. We will learn how to use dental alginate to take a mould of your hand, from this we will create a wax master and produce a refectory mould for casting. This workshop will run over 1 full day session and two half days to facilitate the construction and firing of the works completed.

Zoe Garner – Flame working (24 & 25 August)

Through a combination of demonstrations and free practice time, starting from basics we will build a vocabulary of flame working skills that will form a grounding to move forward using flame working as an art form. Drawing concepts and ideas from Geometric Structures and magnified structures this skills based class will explore the possibilities and potential of flame worked borosilicate glass in contemporary art. Each student will complete a small geometric or magnified form enlarged to be illuminated.

Jade Tapson – Screen Printing on glass (8 & 15 August)

This two day course offers participants a comprehensive introduction into screen printing onto glass. Through a combination of demonstrations and practical application you will learn how to select suitable imagery, coat a screen with photosensitive emulsion, screen-printing techniques, suitable enamels to kiln firing cycles and how to fuse the printed layers of glass together. Participants will create a series of prints measuring 20x15cm, 20x20cm and 10x10cm using their own line drawings. By the end of the course, participants will have gained a good understanding of how to screen-print onto glass as well as details of the types of equipment and materials required.

Rita Griskonyte – Stained Glass ( 13 & 20 August)

Create a square or rectangular stained glass panel which would be no bigger than 23cm x 23cm or 20cm x 25cm in size. The day would begin with a demonstration to introduce materials, tools, and methods when working with stained glass. You would learn about glass cutting and grinding, leading, soldering, cementing, cleaning and finishing.

How to apply

To qualify for this free opportunity you must be Sunderland-based practicing artist. You could be a student or early career artist but you must not have any experience of working with glass.

If you are interested please email us with the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Town of residence
  3. Current artistic practice
  4. Why do you want to take advantage of the Glass Exchange workshop opportunity?
  5. How will it help your practice?
  6. What does collaborative working mean to you?