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Visit July – September 2017 Free Admission and Free Visitor Parking Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00

Photo by David Allan

Reflecting our past; igniting our future


For a FREE day out with a difference visit National Glass Centre!

“We had a fantastic day. Excellent demo, well explained, informative and fantastic craftsmanship.� Visitor comment, June 2017

Discover the history of glass making in Sunderland, enjoy our intriguing world class exhibitions and play on our iconic glass roof. You and your family will love our amazing glass blowing demonstrations,

hands-on creative activities and themed tours. Complete your visit with a bite to eat or a coffee in The Glass Yard and browse hand-made glass and ceramics, quirky jewellery, gifts and homeware in our shop.

Free Daily Glass Blowing Demonstrations Our amazing daily glass blowing, lathe and flame working demonstrations are free and run throughout the day. Experience the heat of our 1000 degree furnace and watch our expert glass making team craft stunning pieces before your eyes.

Flame Working 11.00 and 15.45 (15 mins) Glass Blowing 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00 (30 mins) Glass Lathe 13.00 (30 mins) Please note there are no Glass Lathe demos on a Tuesday

Glass Making Experiences Paperweight Experience for Two Available on Sundays / 10.00 – 11.00 / £128 Price includes tea and scone for two in The Glass Yard One to One Glass Making Experiences Full Day for One Person / £250 Full Day for Two People To Share / £270 Half Day for One person / £145

Visiting Artist – Amy Krüger 28 & 29 July Amy Krüger is an up-coming talent on the glass art scene. As a child she dreamt of becoming a glass designer and started her studies in glass-making when she was 16. Originally from Sweden, Amy has worked in several studios around Scandinavia. Amy specialises in hot sculpting techniques and her work is influenced by humour, passion and her childhood memories. Her work currently focuses on making unique glass girl sculptures, which aim to tell personal stories of Amy’s childhood. Amy will be demonstrating and experimenting making glass girls in our Hot Glass Studio on the 28 & 29 of July.

Image provided from artist


Jewellery: Wearable Glass 25 March – 1 October 2017 National Glass Centre presents an exhibition of newly commissioned glass jewellery made through exciting new collaborations between four artists working in glass and eight jewellers. Each jeweller has received one to one support from our resident artists who specialise in different technique’s associated with glass including hot glass, lamp work, casting, waterjet cutting and fusing. The exhibition re-invents jewellery through the Creative use of glass. Artists have explored the complexity of the material and have experimented to create new pieces that challenge our traditional image of jewellery. This exciting new 'wearable glass' is shown alongside the eight jewellers more established work and the work of the four artists specialising in glass.. Jewellery (right): Christopher Thompson Royds, Photography by David Williams. Jewellery (below): Kate Haywood, Photography by David Williams. All models photographed for the Jewellery: Wearable Glass exhibition are BA and MA Glass and Ceramics Students from the University of Sunderland.

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft Ebeltoft Glass Museum 17 September 2016 – 3 September 2017 Ebeltoft is a beautiful, traditional town on the central east coast of Denmark. The Glass Museum and its collection of over 1500 objects is a major feature of the town. Artists from

countries across the world have donated work to the collection which presents the finest examples of art created in glass. The museum has kindly loaned a selection of works from its collection for display at National Glass Centre. The exhibition includes a number of works by Finn Lynggaard, one of the Studio Glass pioneers in Denmark and founder of Glasmuseet Ebeltoft. Image: “...The dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horse scratched its innocent behind a tree...”. Joel Philip Myers. Photograph by Gert Skaerlund Andersen.

National Glass Centre Collection 9 September 2017 – August 2018 National Glass Centre and NGCA will jointly present the first exhibition featuring works of art held in our collection. Established in recent years the collection features work by world leading artists, many of whom have made the pieces shown during visits to National Glass Centre.

Image: Tele Komm Komm 027419, Erwin Eisch, Photograph by David Williams

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Research Gallery

Helen Pailing: Recrafting Waste 24 June – 3 September 2017 Helen Pailing is an artist currently at the mid-point of her PhD studies here at National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland. The exhibition shows recent work from Helen’s doctorate research exploring ‘recrafting’ waste glass. Helen will be installing a major new work in National Glass Centre’s double height foyer space this August.

Image: ‘vibrant matter' 2016, borosilicate glass, acrylic, pins. Photo alex crosby photography.

Zoe Garner: Invisible Forces 9 September – 3 December 2017 Zoe Garner is an established artist based in North-East England. This exhibition presents Zoe’s recent work investigating invisible forces, cause and affect and associated scientific theory. The work is created using a glass making technique known as ‘lamp-work’ or ‘flame-work’ which Zoe teaches on a regular basis at National Glass Centre. Please see pages 14-15 for further details. Image: The Butterfly Effect (detail) by Zoe Garner, Photography by David Williams

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

Chad McCail: ‘Liars of Earth’

Long Gallery, National Glass Centre 24 June – 8 October 2017 Chad McCail’s monumental 100-foot long monochrome drawing is shown here for the first time in this country. Across a vast landscape that encompasses all of the institutions that shape us, McCail explores how we can combine forces to work together, and defeat those who would rule over us. His epic work asks how we might live together in the twenty-first century to share our resources

more equally, and to create a new way of life. Liars of Earth is an allegory of the way we live now: and of things to come. On the one side of a great divide are masked, robotic figures which have been commanding the landscape, exploiting its produce, and manipulating our labour, for their own gain. On the other side are massive mythical characters including a minotaur, a snake, and a “man of men”, a giant figure built of hundreds or thousands of individuals, all working together to defeat the robots and propose a new order. McCail’s work asks us to imagine other possible worlds in which we might unite to overcome the forces that remain aligned against us. Image: Chad McCail, Liars of Earth (detail), Photograph by Colin Davison.

National Glass Centre Shop

SALE – August Bank Holiday Weekend Friday 25 – Monday 28 August 2017 A fantastic opportunity to purchase a handmade piece of studio glass at a bargain price.

Shop products Our shop stocks a fantastic range of products and we are very proud to include a ‘Made in Sunderland’ range. Items with this logo have been made by local artists, many within the National Glass Centre itself. As well as in store you can explore some of our Made in Sunderland range on our online shop at

Image: Mark Burns Cassell Ceramics, Noodle bowls.


Summer Sandcast – Car, Owl or Butterfly Monday 14, 21 & 28 August Thursday 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August 9.30 – 10.30 / 10.30 – 11.30 £15 each / Min age 6 Create a glass shape using sand to make a mould. Add your own colour and decoration to make your design unique. Watch as your design is transformed by our studio team who will pour molten glass into your mould to produce your own individual piece of art. (all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Max 10 people per hour Please note – Sandcast objects have a textured/sandy surface on the reverse side and may contain bubbles. Sandcast’s will be available to pick up 1 week after your session.

Make Together – toddler group! Creative play for you and your toddler, enjoy spending time exploring our exhibitions and creating art together. Mondays 3 & 17 July / 13.30 – 14.30 18 months to Age 4 / £4 per child £2 per additional sibling

Summer Holidays! Glass Collage Participate in a tour of the current exhibition and take inspiration from the artists’ work. Create your own striking collage and trap it between layers of glass to create a unique glass decoration.

Wearable Clay Craft clay badges and pendants using air dry clay and an array of decorative materials.

Monday 24 July & 14 August / Sessions at 13.30 & 15.30 / Duration 1.5 hours / Age 6+ / £10 Booking essential

*9.30 early start relaxed session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly

Create & Craft A day packed full of activities inspired by our exhibition of jewellers and their new work in glass. Paint a glass decoration, make a glass light bulb bug, decorate a pair of spectacular spectacles and craft a wooden decoration. Tuesday 25 July / 10.30 – 16.00 / Age 4+ £10 for all 4 activities / Drop-in

Wednesday 26 July & 16 August / 9.30 – 10.30* 10.30 – 16.00 / Age 3+ / £3 / Drop-in

Glass Fused Accessories A more advanced workshop Learn how to safely cut glass and use glass frits to make your own fused glass badges and pendants. Find out about how kilns work and the different effects that can be produced. Thursday 27 July & 17 August, Monday 7 & 28 August / 13.30 & 15.30 / Age 10+ / £12 Booking essential

To book, visit or call 0191 568 9700

Paint a Glass Postcard Take inspiration from the local area to design and use colourful paint pens to create a glass postcard. Friday 28 July & 18 August / 10.30 – 16.00 Age 4+ / £4 / Drop-in Decorative Fused Glass Make an amazing glass mosaic using glass tiles and grains of glass on a special water-jet cut glass shape which will be fired in our kilns. Choose from a range of different shapes and turn it into a work of art! Monday 31 July & 21 August / Sessions at 13.30 & 15.00 Tuesday 8, 15 & 29 August / Sessions at 10.00, 11.30, 13.30 & 15.00 / Age 6+ / £10 Booking essential

Fused Glass Postcards Take inspiration from the local area to design and make a glass postcard memento. Use coloured glass tiles and grains of glass to create a unique fused glass artwork. Tuesday 1 & 22 August / Sessions at 10.00, 11.30, 13.30 & 15.00 / Ages 6+ / £8 Booking essential Bags Full of Ideas Choose a colourful fabric bag and adorn it with a range of decorative materials. Wednesday 2 & 23 August / 9.30 – 10.30* 10.30 – 16.00 / Age 3+ / £4 / Drop-in *9.30 early start relaxed session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly

Summer Holidays!

To book, visit or call 0191 568 9700

Family Fusing Get together as a group to make a large fused glass panel. Learn about the fusing process, discuss your ideas and draw a design for your collaborative project. Adults and children age 10+ will learn how to cut glass and everyone uses glass tiles and coloured glass grains to create a unique fused glass artwork. Perfect for families of four, with a maximum of six people taking part in one project.

Geometric Glass Painting Create your own brightly coloured glass painting in a geometric design.

Thursday 3 & 24 August / Sessions at 13.30 Duration 1.5hrs / Age 5+ / £30

Sandblasted Glass Decorations

Stained Glass Sun Catchers Brighten up your home with a painted stained glass effect decoration, take it home and hang it up in your window. Friday 4 & 25 August / 9.30 – 10.30* 10.30 – 16.00 / Age 3+ / £3 / Drop-in *9.30 early start relaxed session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly

Wednesday 9 & 30 August 9.30 – 10.30* / 10.30 – 16.00 Age 4+ / £4 / Drop-in *9.30 early start relaxed session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly

Take a tour of our exhibition and gather inspiration from the artwork to create your own contrasting frosted design on a pair of hanging glass decorations. Thursday 10 & 31 August Sessions at 13.30 & 15.30 Duration 1.5hrs / Age 6+ / £8 Booking essential

Discover in a Day

Super Sculpture Use clay to make exciting sculptural forms and shapes to create a unique sculpture. Friday 11 August and Sept 1 9.30 – 10.30* / 10.30 – 16.00 Age 3+ / £3 / Drop-in *9.30 early start relaxed session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly

By taking part in any of our workshops and completing our trail your child can earn a Discover Arts Award. Creative workshops start at £3pp and all count towards the qualification whilst offering a range of different themes and techniques. The trail is free and is designed for families with quick activities and discussions points. Discover Arts Award is suitable for anyone over the age of 5 and under 25 years. By completing a creative workshop and the trail you will have completed this national qualification and receive a certificate from Trinity College London. All summer / Ages 5+ / £3.50 For information email or visit

Adults Courses and Classes Fused Glass Glass Tableware Taster Session Sunday 10 September Saturday 21 October 13.00 – 17.00 / £35 Artist: Midori Shinmura Glass Tableware Club Saturdays from 2nd September 13.00 – 16.30 Wednesdays from 27 September 17.45 – 21.15 Saturdays from 11 November 13.00 – 16.30 5 weeks / £125 Artist: Midori Shinmura Introducing... Fused Glass Sunday 24 September 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Sue Woolhouse Artistic Fused Glass Mondays from 30 October 18.00 – 21.00 5 weeks / £125 Artist: Sue Woolhouse

Stained Glass Stained Glass - Leaded Techniques, Beginners Level Saturday 22 July Saturday 7 October 13.00 – 17.00 £40 Artist: Gill McGinley Stained Glass - Leaded Technique, Intermediate Level Saturday 1 & Saturday 8 July Saturday 23 & Saturday 30 September Saturday 22 & Saturday 29 October 10.00 – 16.00 / 2 day course £110 Artist Gill McGinley

Stained Glass Christmas Decorations, Copper Foil Technique Sunday 19 Nov / Friday 1, Friday 8, Saturday 16 December 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Gill McGinley

Ceramics Introducing... Ceramics Saturdays from 23 September 10.00 – 13.00 5 Weeks / £100 Artist: Richie Oliver Intermediate Ceramics Saturdays from 4 November 10.00 – 13.00 5 weeks / £100 Artist: Richie Oliver Ceramic Throwing Techniques – 1 Day Introduction Saturday 9 September 10.00 – 16.00 / £60 Artist: James Douglass from BBC’s The Great British Pottery Throw Down. Christmas Themed Ceramics – 1 Day Introduction Sunday 10 December 10.00 – 16.00 / £60 Artist: James Douglass from BBC’s The Great British Pottery Throw Down.

Printing on Glass Introducing... Screen Printing on Glass Sunday 17 September 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Jade Tapson

To book, visit shop.nationalgl Christmas Themed Screen Printing on Glass Sunday 3 December 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Jade Tapson Screen Printing on Glass Thursdays from 2 November 18.00 – 21.00 5 weeks / £125 Artist: Jade Tapson

Casting Glass NEW! Introducing... Casting Glass Sunday 8 October 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Effie Burns NEW! Christmas themed Casting Glass Sunday 3 December 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Effie Burns

Flameworking Flameworked Glass Chains Sunday 9 July / 10.00 – 16.00 £80 Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Marbles Sunday 23 July Saturday 2 September Saturday 4 November 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Glass Beads Saturday 8 July Sunday 3 September Sunday 22 October Sunday 5 November 13.00 – 16.00 / £40 Artist: Zoe Garner or call 0191 568 9700 NEW!! Sculptural Flameworking Weekend – Cube and Structural Forms Saturday 30 September & Sunday 1 October 10.00 – 16.00 / £130 Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Glass Pendants & Earrings Saturday 21 October Saturday 18 November 10.00 – 16.00 £80 Artist: Zoe Garner Ignite! Flameworking Saturday 22 July 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner NEW!! Flameworked Glass Insects Saturday 7 October 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner NEW!! Flameworked Hollow Beads & Bubbles Sunday 8 October 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner NEW!! Flameworked Glass Hearts Sunday 19 November 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner Flameworked Christmas Decorations Saturday 2 / Sunday 3 Saturday 9 / Sunday 10 Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December 10.00 – 16.00 / £80 Artist: Zoe Garner Image. James Douglass, Ceramics. Photograph by David Allan

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Master Classes

To book, visit or call 0191 568 9700

Bend Me Shape Me with Zoe Garner FIVE DAY MASTER CLASS July 31 – August 4 / 10.00 – 16.00 / £695 – light lunch included each day in our eatery The Glass Yard Booking Essential Drawing concepts, ideas and designs from the beautiful local environment this skills based class will explore the possibilities and potential of flameworked Borosilicate glass in Contemporary Art. Using Clear borosilicate over five days. Glass (PYREX) solid glass rods will be transformed in to sculptural components and glass tube will be blown to be connected in the flame to form larger scale installations. Through a combination of demonstrations and free practice time, starting from basics we will build a vocabulary of flameworking skills that will form a solid grounding to move forward using flameworking as an art form.

Introduction to Casting with Effie Burns FIVE DAY BEGINNERS’ COURSE July 24 – 28 July / 10.00 – 16.00 / £595 – light lunch included each day in our eatery The Glass Yard Booking Essential This week long course suitable for beginners will show you how to create a range of beautiful cast glass pieces. You will be supported to make work that is important to you, whether your inspiration comes from the land or the sea or your family history. The course will cover using clay and wax to create form and texture, an introduction to mould making and cold working. You will learn how to make small intricate cast glass pieces, how to make and fire an open cast mould and how to do lost wax casting. The final day of the course will introduce you to the technique of pâte de verre. An ideal opportunity to experiment, learn new things and enjoy the making process.

Craft Fair

National Glass Centre

Craft Fair Saturday 19 August 2017 / 10.00 – 17.00 Here at National Glass Centre we value all that is made locally, therefore we are holding a craft fair to celebrate the beautiful handmade crafts the North East has to offer.

The fair will be packed with stalls from local and regional crafters. It's the perfect opportunity to buy a unique handmade gift or just treat yourself to something really beautiful! We will also have a free kids activity to keep the kids entertained. Look out for more details on our website


A unique riverside venue for any celebration

Say ‘I do’ at National Glass Centre A unique setting, seamless organisation and exceptional hospitality are all of the ingredients required for the perfect wedding venue. Top that off with delicious menus and it’s easy to see why so many couples fall in love with National Glass Centre. Our fantastic range of wedding packages ensure there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets and we can even create a wedding package especially to meet your individual needs.

Our wedding brochure can be collected from our Visitor Services desk in the Centre or emailed on request. Please email to request an electronic brochure.

Summer Evening Events

Sounds of the Summer Friday 28 July / 19.30 ÂŁ27.50 per person 3 courses, welcome glass of prosecco and live music from Jake Houlsby. Booking essential To book visit or call 0191 5151 5555 (Option 1)

Gin & Swing Friday 1 September / 19.30 ÂŁ27.50 per person 3 courses, welcome drink and live music from Anthony Stringer. Booking essential To book visit or call 0191 5151 5555 (Option 1)

VISIT ACCESS National Glass Centre has wheelchair access to all areas and a Changing Place facility. There is also a lift available. Free wheelchair hire is available on request and can be pre-booked by contacting Visitor Services. National Glass Centre welcomes assistance dogs and a hearing loop is available. Our full Access Statement is available online. We are a cycle friendly venue! The Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route from Cumbria to Sunderland runs past National Glass Centre’s riverside entrance. Cyclists are encouraged to use our new riverside Bike Dock and cycle maintenance area.

Free Admission Free Visitor Parking Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00 Last Admission 16.45 It is recommended that you allow at least three hours to make the most of your visit. Follow the brown road signs for National Glass Centre or type SR6 0GL into your sat nav. Nearest Metro Station: St Peter’s. For a more detailed map and directions visit CONNECT Join our mailing list at f nationalglasscentresunderland t ngc_glasscentre Y nationalglasscentre

CONTACT National Glass Centre Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL General Enquiries: 0191 515 5555 Booking Line: 0191 568 9700 BOOK Online: Booking Line: 0191 568 9700 GLASS & CERAMICS DEGREE COURSES The University of Sunderland offers Foundation, BA, MA and PHD courses in Glass and Ceramics here at National Glass Centre. For more information about what’s on offer at our world class facilities please contact Rob Winter, Lecturer in Ceramics at or call 0191 515 2141

National Glass Centre Visit Guide - July - September 2017  
National Glass Centre Visit Guide - July - September 2017