Glass-making experts descend on Sunderland

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GLASS-MAKING experts from across the world will gather on Wearside this weekend.

More than 100 delegates are meeting as The Contemporary Glass Society launch their sell-out conference at the city’s National Glass Centre.

The CGS is widely regarded as the foremost organisation in the UK for promoting and encouraging cutting edge glass and glass-makers within the wider art world.

The conference comes just months after the Glass Centre underwent a multimillion pound refit in a bid to attract more people through its doors.

Julia Stephenson, head of arts for the venue, said “The fact that the Contemporary Glass Society has chosen our venue to hold this important event in the glass making calendar shows how established National Glass Centre has become as a hub for glass art and glass making. The conference reinforces Sunderland’s reputation as a city with international influence on the history and continued legacy of glass making.

“It is particularly exciting that we will be able to welcome the delegates to our newly re-developed Centre.”

The conference brings together leading artists and glass specialists to give their own perspectives to the question of art and technique.

Among those attending are Finnish artist and designer Markku Salo, Keke Cribb, Wendy Fairclough and Geoff Mann.

Highlights of the weekend include 20 glass artists who will present and talk about their work in quick-fire succession.