The Alastair Pilkington Studio was first opened in July 2002 by H.R.H. Prince Charles with capital developments in 2014 to extend the Studio and residential accommodation. The development project was funded with the generous support of European Regional Development Fund, W Grant & Sons Charitable Trust, Dan Klein Memorial Fund, Creative Scotland, Highland Council Discretionary Fund and Friends of North Lands Creative Glass. A light, bright and airy Studio workshop space has been created and a Pine-log Lodge installed which provides accommodation for visiting artists, makers and community groups.
Alastair Pilkington Studio is an open-access facility and is the perfect creative hub for an exciting and diverse arts community to make, present and disseminate work where over 1,200 professional artists and students create using glass annually.
North Lands Creative 306 (approx.) square metre state-of-the-art studios are housed in a 19th century village school with natural light and the best equipment available. The studio includes a hot shop, cold shop, kiln room, sandblasting room, mould room, and community space.
The hot shop has a 180kg furnace, one large (250mm, 370mm, 480mm doors) and two medium (170mm, 250mm, 330mm doors) gloryholes, two annealing kilns alongside a range of tools, blocks, pipes, puntis and optics. The cold shop features two Batisti lathes, two flat bed grinders and three KMK engravers alongside a range of other cold working equipment, which can be easily cleaned by hosing down the equipment into large grated floor drainage. The studios also feature a dedicated kiln room which houses a variety of kiln sizes and a separate mould shop. The multi purpose studio comfortably houses room for research, drawing and meeting space for up to 12 artists with a variety of workstations available.
North Lands Creative operates an annual membership scheme, to those interested in making use of the facilities. All Members first-time user’s session will start with an induction, which includes an overview Studio Equipment and health & safety. In addition North Lands Creative offers their members access to a specially tailored educational programme including one to one classes and inductions.
With a diverse range of technical skills and creative appreciation for the process of glass making, we successfully collaborate with a variety of artists and designers, including product designers, architectural and landscape architects, galleries and museums, on a range of bespoke projects both locally and internationally. Every commission brings a new challenge to our studio. We are highly capable of adapting and managing these opportunities, and work closely with our commissioners to create works that fulfil concept and design for major exhibitions, public art projects and product design.