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Coming Soon: Clear Creations: Maritime Inspired Glass Art

Sunday 28th November 2021 - Jan 2022

Glass is a fascinating material to work with and Scotland’s maritime history holds a wealth of inspiration. We are delighted to be hosting an exhibition of City of Glasgow’s Glass Art students sculptures, inspired by the Scottish Maritime Museum’s main collection and latest exhibition Glass Ships in Bottles by Ayako Tani.  The exhibition Clear Creations: Maritime Inspired Glass Art will be on display in the Linthouse Machine Pits from Sunday 28th November until the end of 2021.

City of Glasgow College were approached to see if we thought the students would be able to exhibit some work to accompany Ayako Tani’s exhibition “Vessels of Memory : Glass Ships in Bottles” – we jumped at the chance. The students were given the theme of “Maritime” with an emphasis on pollution and the environment which was introduced into their fusing and slumping units. This is the first fused and slumped piece many of our students have made and shows how much you can achieve with glass in a short period of time and how varied the results can be from a brief given to all.

Ayako is interested in highlighting the endangered craft of scientific glass blowing through her exhibition. Also on the critically endangered craft list is mouth blown sheet glass making. This is the main glass type used for traditional stained-glass windows. There is only one company still making this beautiful resource in the UK and they are English Antique Glass in Birmingham where they have one master craftsman and two trainees. Few places in the world still make glass in this traditional manner, companies in Poland and Germany being the largest.

At City of Glasgow College we are committed to keeping glass on the curriculum. Currently we run the only HNC Art Glass course in Scotland and up until 2018 the only HND Art Glass course. Due to dwindling numbers of applicants we were forced to cancel our HND option but we are actively working to re-instate it. We hope this exhibition of our students work will bring glass to a larger audience, inspire others to consider glass as an area of study and highlight the topic of marine pollution in our seas.”

Eilidh MacKenzie, Lecturer and Glass Artist

 

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