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Sunderland University runs it’s Ceramics and Glass courses from the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. I met with Professor Kevin Petrie a few weeks ago to talk about how NEATEN (North East Art Teacher Educator Network) members could benefit from forging links with them. We have previously had a talk at a network meeting about the Glass and Ceramics courses which the University of Sunderland run at the NGC and so interest was high. Kevin organised two sessions, each lasting three hours from 6 to 9 p.m., so it was a high level of commitment from the teachers after a long day at school.

I offered this opportunity to art teachers/educators who are quite new to the profession and also pro-active in establishing the 3D Craft side of the subject into their curriculum models. Everyone jumped at the chance to take part.

The sessions were intended to “set the context for the workshops and show examples of what is taught at university in the subjects. You will then get some hands on experience of glass blowing with master glass maker James Maskrey from the university. The following week, glass sculptor Catherine Forsyth will show you a range of kiln forming methods that you can take back to the glass room. This will include: Design, class cutting, ‘drawing’ with glass, simple moulds and firing cycles. You will be able to take what you make back to school to inspire your students!”

Everyone had a go and the range of experiences was wide and engaging. Copious notes were written, photographs taken, questions asked and links forged. The staff and students were welcoming and willingly gave up their own time to make this inset what it was. Thank you so much for this.

My “tribe” of teacher educators were like kids in a sweet shop, so it was a joy to behold!

National Glass Centre

Sunderland University Glass and Ceramics



3686 days ago

Do u guys kno how lucky u r?

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