Sunderland art students preserve the city’s glass-making heritage

University students' work on display at the glass and ceramics exhibition in the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead.  Lauren Eglish with her exhibit, named revolving Circle.
University students' work on display at the glass and ceramics exhibition in the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead. Lauren Eglish with her exhibit, named revolving Circle.
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ART students are helping ensure Sunderland’s famous glass-making heritage is alive and well.

Fledgling artists are showcasing their glass and ceramics work across the region in a special exhibition.

University students' work on display at the glass and ceramics exhibition in the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

University students' work on display at the glass and ceramics exhibition in the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Visitors have been flocking to see the diverse range of work from the 21 emerging UK and international Sunderland University artists since it went on display this week for the Dry Run exhibition.

Wearside student Lauren English, 21, said: “It’s been brilliant and went really well. We’ve had excellent feedback from people who have visited the exhibition and said they’ve really enjoyed it.”

Now in its 15th year, Dry Run provides second year BA glass and ceramics students with a platform to create work specifically for an exhibition.

Lauren said: “This is my first exhibition and it’s been an amazing experience.”

“Every student had to submit a piece or collection of work for the exhibit at Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead.”

A University of Sunderland spokeswoman said: “The diverse range of ideas and concepts are based on students’ ability to use glass and ceramics as a material in service of original artistic expression and a high standard of craft execution.

“The exhibitions presented the ideal opportunity for students to show their work in a professional and contemporary cultural environment.”

Sunderland University boasts a top glass and ceramics department that is held in high regard across Europe.

It is the biggest department in the UK and has one of the largest kilns in the world for casting glass and advanced water-jet cutting technology.

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