Art and Design KS3 / GCSE: The craft of glass blowing

Presenter Paul Martin visits Stourbridge to see one of the last working glass cones at the heart of Britain’s historic glass industry.

Glass artist Charlotte Hughes Martin puts Paul through his paces as she teaches him how to make a glass bowl.

She shows him some the important techniques of her trade, including shaping the molten glass, turning, blowing and finally finishing in the kiln.

This clip is from the series Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution.

Teacher Notes

Could be used as a starting point for a three-dimensional design project.

Students could research glass artist Charlotte Hughes Martin, annotating her influences and mind mapping the processes that she applies to her craft.

The class could develop sculptures inspired by the theme of translucency, using wire and tissue paper to create different forms inspired by the natural environment.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching art and design at KS3 and GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

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