North Lands Creative and The University of the Highlands and Islands have joined forces to provide a group of students the opportunity to learn glass art techniques from two highly respected glass artists at an internationally recognised organisation.
In early May, students from across the University of the Highlands and Island network will be attending our Narrative Sculpture: Through printmaking and pate de verre workshop led by Karen Akester. This workshop offers an introduction into open mold casting and pate de verre; a fantastic process which allows vibrant and precise colour application.
3rd Year BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Contextualised Practice at The University of the Highlands and Islands student, Claire MacDonald says “The narrative aspect of this class really resonates with my theatrical background. This opportunity feels like a natural progression beautifully linking where I have been, where I am and where I would like to go in the future.”
At the end of May, other students will be joining our Collect 2018 artist, Alan Horsley on his Anatomy and Glass Workshop. This class is dedicated to the development of figurative sculpture in cast glass following the process from creation through to cast object.
4th Year BA(Hons) Contemporary Art and Contextualised Practice at Perth UHI, Debbie Frame says “This course combines my interests in figurative and sculptural art and is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn how to work with glass in artist-led tutorials which would normally not be available to me.”
Dr Iain Morrison, Dean of Students, commented “We are delighted to be working in partnership with North Lands Creative and are grateful for this wonderful opportunity for our students. They will learn and apply techniques at the forefront of contemporary glass working practice with a local business of national significance. The university is proud of our partnership with the creative industries in our region and beyond, and this is one example of the many ways in which we can work together on areas of mutual benefit.”
Karen Phillips, North Lands Creative Director, comments “It gives me great pleasure to welcome students from the University of the Highlands and Islands to North Lands Creative. The NLC Student Awards were established to support gifted students across the whole of the University of the Highlands and Islands network, giving them extra financial support to enable them to participate in specialised workshops that aim to provide an introductory level to glass making during their third level education. I fundamentally believe that education is the key to success and now more than ever is a time for the true spirit of education to be fostered.”