Special mention for young glass artist

Kathryn Wightman was one of the stars of the show at yesterday's [Sun] first ever Homemaker Exhibition.

Kathryn Wightman was one of the stars of the show at yesterday's [Sun] first ever Homemaker Exhibition.

The 23-year-old designer not only wowed the crowds with her innovative hand blown glass products, but was also singled out for praise by Linda Barker, from TV's Changing Rooms, who was one of the celebrities at the event.

Kathryn, of West Denton, Newcastle, who picked up the Newcomer of the Year recently at The Journal's Culture Awards, designs and makes colourful and quirky products, including jewellery and decorative and functional vessels.

She said: "I had a great time. It was a pleasure to be at the exhibition and there was a lot of interest in my work.

"I sold a couple of pieces and several people asked about commissioning some original work.

"This happens a lot because people want something specific for their home and I'm more than happy to do it. Every piece I produce is hand made and completely unique.

"The exhibition seemed to go really well and I thought it was great idea. It was lovely to meet Linda Barker too."

Kathryn owes her brilliant career in glass making to her decision to drop out of a degree in Psychology at the University of Sunderland to take up a place on the BA glass course at the National Glass Centre.

She went on to study for an MA at the University of Sunderland before being accepted in 2006 on the prestigious Next Move scheme, which is a partnership between the Crafts Council, Arts Council England, and the university.

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