Sunderland University students' talents sparkle at end of year show

National Glass Centre hosts exhibition of final year glass and ceramics degree work

Jade Tapson - Fragility - pate de verre: part of Sunderland glass students end of year show
Jade Tapson - Fragility - pate de verre: part of Sunderland glass students end of year show

Sunderland students are set to sparkle after busy preparations for their degree show finally pay off next week.

The final year glass and ceramics students from National Glass Centre will get their turn in the spotlight when examples of their BA degree work, including sculptures of the human form and intricate powdered glass patterns, go on show.

Opening after a private viewing next Saturday, to be attended by senior lecturer and renowned glass artist Colin Rennie, it will feature work by 18 final-year students from the University of Sunderland’s BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics degree course.

And using used glass and ceramics to express themselves in visual and tactile art, they promise to illustrate the great diversity of the mediums.

There will be evidence of a wide range of techniques on display too, including glass-blowing, glass-casting and fusing in kilns, sandblasting, water-jet cutting, wheel-throwing, glazing and printing.

Glass and Ceramics 2014, marking the culmination of three years’ practical and academic art study and an intended vehicle for student experience and recognition – will run for two weeks until Sunday, June 15.

Professor Kevin Petrie, glass and ceramics team Leader and BA (Hons) programme leader, said: “Even though most of the students are at the start of their artistic careers, their pieces already demonstrate an exciting measure of technique, creativity and professionalism.

“Using glass and ceramics as a contemporary craft material, their work conveys original expression, coupled with a diversity of ideas and concepts.

“This exhibition offers students the chance to showcase their talents in a real gallery space.”

Work will also be available to buy during the exhibition’s run.


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