Kevin Petrie, Head of the Glass & Ceramics Department
Tim Tate takes a walk on the glass.
Some of the many huge kilns at the university.
Our hotel could not have been better – sweeping views across the North Sea, with Seaburn beach in front of our hotel. Nice.
Creative Cohesion's new studio and exhibition center in Sunderland.The arts organization, Creative Cohesion, held a cocktail reception to welcome us and inaugurate the new hotshop at their new facility in Sunderland city centre . For those of you from DC, you might remember the organization and its many talented artists that participated in the 2006's Glass 3 exhibit in Georgetown, organized by Artomatic. In 2009, many more artists from Sunderland participated in the Artomatic held near the Navy Yard/near the new Nationals Ballpark. The non-profit arts organization began over 10 years ago, initially designed as a way to help for glass artists coming from the university mature into professional artists. The success of the organization's mission has expanded and now includes ceramic and visual arts, performance artists, and poets in its umbrella of services.
Our arrival coincided with the center's celebration of the opening of their new hotshop - our workshop would be the first for the glass shop. Upon arrival - we see a familiar face - a poster of the UK artists working in Dave D'Orio's DC Glasswork's hotshop is in the window.
The next day, Tim Tate and I were welcomed at the University of Sunderland. We first gave a lecture about our work, the Washington Glass School & Studio and the Glass Secessionism movement.
Coming up soon - a posting or two about the workshops at the National Glass Center, touring around the area and the London Affordable Art Fair! Stay posted!