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Reflecting on Art of Glass Exhibition

Last month, Made in Stirling hosted work made by graduates and staff from the City of Glasgow College HNC Art and Design Course as part of the ‘Art of Glass’ exhibition. Originally planned back at the beginning of 2020 as an end of year show, staff and students alike were thrilled to be able to finally have a space to showcase all of their hard work.

The mixed media nature of the course led to the outcomes shown throughout the exhibit as traditional techniques mixed with experimental craftsmanship. Stained glass, kiln formed glass, casting and painted glass were showcased as part of the exhibition. Paul Jenkins, lead curator of Made in Stirling says: 

We’re so happy we could finally provide the recent graduates with a dedicated designed space within our store to showcase their artworks. It has been brilliant to see the exhibitors and our team in store become energized once again. Inspiring each other, while selecting the special pieces that best show their personal journeys through their craftmanship and then the show pieces capturing their passion for glass.

The exhibitors hope they inspired others to consider glass, in its many forms, as a medium of artist expression and increase awareness of the course nationwide. Exhibitor and Made in Stirling artist Shonah Escombe says:

With such an abrupt end to our course and when it all finished without celebration the way it did for obvious reasons, we did not realize how much this show meant to us until we started working with the team at Made in Stirling Store. Now it feels like we are having the end of year show we should have had.

If you missed the chance to pop-in and see the exhibition, head over to Made in Stirling’s Instagram and check out the COGCE highlight button. There’s also a blog post featuring five of the artists involved with the exhibition on the Made in Stirling website.