Amazing art of glass on show in Sunderland

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EMERGING artists will be making their debut this month with their degree show at National Glass Centre.

The show features the work of 18 final-year students from the University of Sunderland’s BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics degree course, who have used glass and ceramics to express themselves in a world of visual and tactile art.

The range of work shows the great diversity of glass and ceramics, and a wide range of techniques have been used to create the pieces, including glass blowing, glass casting and fusing in kilns, sandblasting, water-jet cutting, wheel throwing, glazing and printing.

The exhibition shows a diverse range of ideas and themes, including expressive sculptures of the human form and pieces inspired by dancing.

Glass & Ceramics 2014 opens with a private view night for VIP guests on Saturday and runs for two weeks until Sunday, June 15.

The show is the culmination of three years practical and academic art study, on an internationally-renowned degree course.

The centre has earned a reputation as a centre of learning and glass research.

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.”

One of the show’s primary aims is for students to gain experience and recognition in a professional contemporary environment, but work will also be available to buy during this period.