Stunning glassworks by students to go on display

Friday 20 September 2013, 11:15

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Swansea's international reputation for producing talented glass artists dates back more than 75 years.

The Swansea School of Glass was set up in 1935 as an evening class at the then Swansea Art College by Howard Martin, later developing into the Architectural Stained Glass Department.

These days it is still the only architecturally based glass school in the world and is widely held to be a centre of excellence in the subject.

And to showcase just a snapshot of the talent that comes out of the school each year, intricate works by the most recent class of graduates in the school's MA Glass programme are to go on display in the city.

Glass work by Lydia Marouf Glass work by Lydia Marouf. Image courtesy of the artist

The exhibition is entitled Re-Imagining Tradition, and is the result of extensive research students have carried out into the technique, informed by their own varying backgrounds.

The work includes stunning pieces by Rachel Adams, Deirdre Finnerty, Lydia Marouf and Ruth Morriss.

Glass work by Rachel Adams Work by Rachel Adams. Image courtesy of the artist

Deirdre Finnerty said: "The work on show is the culmination of two years of practice-based research at the Swansea School of Glass, mentored by professional architects, glass artists and fine artists based in Swansea.

"Each student has developed an individualised practice informed by bodily experience in the landscape, re-interpreting traditional stained glass techniques, re-designing a product through glass or envisioning for architecture, all utilising the materiality of glass."

Work by Ruth Morriss Work by Ruth Morriss. Image courtesy of the artist

Professor Vanessa Culter added: "The exhibition is the culmination of a two-year journey of discovery taken by four very different artists. Each one has made an investment in self-knowledge and personal growth to further their artistry and craft.

"Visitors to the exhibition can experience some of the journey for themselves through the voice of each artist in glass."

Work by Deirdre Finnerty Work by Deirdre Finnerty. Image courtesy of the artist

Re-Imagining Tradition will be on show from Saturday 21 September until Sunday 27 October at the National Waterfront Museum. It is open 10am until 5pm daily and entry is free of charge.

It will be opened by MA Glass Programme Director Professor Vanessa Cutler and Swansea Met Research Fellow Rodney Bender.

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