National Glass Centre

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National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland is a cultural attraction and venue with a difference. With glass at the heart of everything they do, they celebrate Sunderland’s glass making heritage and explore the creative potential of this extraordinary material.
Discover the origins, growth and legacy of glass making in Sunderland with their permanent exhibition, Stories of Glass in Sunderland. Using compelling personal stories from local people and striking audio visual display, this interactive exhibition traces the history of glass making in the City from the 7th Century to the present day.
National Glass Centre’s newly renovated gallery spaces host their international exhibitions programme, which presents the work of leading contemporary artists in glass and ceramics.
If you are looking for an unusual creative experience you’ll love their One-to-One Glass Blowing Experiences and their range of glass making, jewellery and craft classes. They also run a variety of fun, hands on workshops for children and young people.
Their popular, free glass blowing demonstrations run throughout the day and families can explore their exhibition spaces with themed tours and treasure hunts and play on their iconic glass roof.
For a bite to eat with a view, try National Glass Centre Brasserie, which serves delicious, locally sourced meals by the riverside.
Complete your visit with a browse in their Shop and choose the perfect souvenir for your day out from their selection of beautiful glass and ceramic artworks and jewellery, hand-crafted by local artists.

Venue Type:

Artist studio or collective, Gallery

Opening hours

Open Daily: 10.00 - 17.00

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Admission charges

Admission: FREE

Getting there

National Glass Centre is situated on the North Banks of the River Wear near University of Sunderland's St Peter's Campus.

Driving

Follow the Brown Roadsigns from Sunderland City Centre or south, from Newcastle Road or type SR6 0GL into your sat nav.

Cycling

National Glass Centre is part of the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route from Cumbria to Sunderland.

By Train or Metro

Regular Metros and Trains operate between Sunderland and Newcastle. There is a direct rail link to Sunderland from Middlesbrough every hour.

National Glass Centre is a seven minute walk from St Peter’s Metro Station. Journey time from Newcastle to St Peter's Station is 25 minutes.

By Bus

The E1 takes you from Sunderland City Centre to Roker Avenue which is only a few hundred metres distance from the main entrance.

The 700 Sunderland Connect bus is also available to take from park Lane Campus and City Campus.

By Air

Newcastle Airport, Teesside Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport are all about 45 minutes from Sunderland.

By Taxi

Station Taxis provide accessible taxis and can be contacted on 0191 555 5555.

Both temporary and permanent exhibitions demonstrating the very best in art and design in glass.

Collection details

Design, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Glassmaking history, technology and design
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Glasmuseet Ebeltoft Exhibition

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft

  • 17 September 2016 — 21 June 2017 *on now

The Glass Museum and its collection of over 1500 objects is a major feature of the town. Artists from countries across the world have donated work to the collection which presents the finest examples of art created in glass. The Museum has kindly loaned a selection of works from its collection for display at National Glass Centre. The exhibition will include a number of works by Finn Lynggaard, one of the Studio Glass pioneers in Denmark and founder of Glasmuseet Ebeltoft.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=740&to=2017-08-31%20&from=2016-09-17

Transparent Femininity Exhibition

Transparent Femininity

  • 22 October 2016 — 5 March 2017 *on now

Artist, Effie Burns has worked with National Glass Centre to co-curate this exhibition which aims to encourage conversation about issues including femininity, feminism and the expression of emotion. The exhibiting artists include Katharine Dowson who has created a series of works based around the toys her children played with when they were young.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=744&to=2017-03-12%20&from=2016-10-22

Interior Voices Exhibition

Interior Voices by Silvia Levenson

  • 22 October 2016 — 5 March 2017 *on now

Originally from Argentina and now based in Italy, Silvia creates work that reflects her own memories, her observations of life and injustices experienced on personal and political levels. This exhibition has a focus on home and family, how we present ourselves to the outside world through our homes and the more private side of life and relationships.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/visit/onyourvisit/viewourexhibitions/exhibitions/details/?id=741

NGC Collection Exhibition

National Glass Centre Collection

  • 28 January — 2 April 2017 *on now

This exhibition presents a small selection of the works we hold.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=767&to=2017-04-02&from=2017-01-28

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Wish Jars Workshop

Wish Jars

  • 21 February 2017 From 9:30am *on now

Tuesday 21 February / 9.30 – 10.30* / 10.30 – 16.00 / Age 4+/ £3 / Drop-in
*9.30 early start quiet session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=746&to=2017-02-21%2012:00:00&from=2017-02-21%2010:00:00

Glass Bead Course

Flameworked Glass Beads

  • 26 February 2017 1-4pm

In this half day class you will use soft glass coloured rods and focus on forming circular beads by pulling glass stringers and using these to apply patternation to the surface of the bead. Using smooth and textural designs, let your imagination take over and create your very own designer bead.
Beads you make have to be annealed overnight, so you will have to come back to pick up your work. Delivery options are available.
Why not push your skills further and let your imagination take over in the sculptural Flame Working glass weekend course?

Sunday 15 January / Sunday 26 February / 13.00 – 16.00 / £40
Artist: Zoe Garner

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£40

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/make-your-own-flameworked-beads

Ceramic 1 Day Intro Course

Ceramic Throwing Techniques – 1 day Introduction

  • 4 March 2017 10am-4pm

This introductory day course in ceramics is suitable for anyone with no or little experience. Students will learn a range of throwing techniques from practical demonstrations. A chance to learn basic wheel based ceramic skills and practice throughout the day. Make a tea bowl or ornamental vessel

The course aims to be upbeat, rewarding and allow participants to enjoy pottery at their own pace.
Sunday 15 January / Saturday 4 March / 10.00 – 16.00 / £60
Artist: James Douglass

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£60

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/1-day-introduction-to-ceramics-throwing-technique

Beginners Stained Glass Course

Stained Glass Leaded Techniques, Beginners Level

  • 25 February 2017 1-5pm

7th Century saint Benedict Biscop brought artisans from Europe to create Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Priory. They made the first stained glass window in England and installed it in St Peters Church , a stone's throw from the National Glass Centre. Learn the ancient skills of how to cut glass, lead the cut glass and solder lead joints to create a beautiful small stained glass panel of your own. This course is aimed at beginners.

Saturday 28 January / Saturday 25 February / 13.00 – 17.00 / £40

Artist: Gill McGinley

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£40

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/stained-glass-leaded-technique-beginners-level

Sculptural Flameworking Course

Sculptural Flameworking Weekend

  • 11 — 12 March 2017 10am-4pm

Through a combination of demonstrations and free practice time, starting with the basics we will build a vocabulary of flame working skills that will form a solid grounding to move forward using flame working as an art form.

Using clear borosilicate glass rods we will experiment and practice techniques making a number of sculptural forms and components on day one. Moving forward with our learnt skills on day two let your imaginations run wild and make your very own sculptural designs using components joined together to make larger scale works, these can be anything from abstract forms to large glass spiders.

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 January / Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 March / 10:00 – 16:00 / £130

Artist: Zoe Garner

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£130

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/sculptural-flameworking-weekend

Glass Tableware Club

Glass Tableware Club

  • 8 March 2017 5:45-9:15pm
  • 11 March 2017 1-4:30pm

Students will learn the basic skills of Fusing, Slumping and Casting glass along with kiln firing techniques. After the demonstration and some experimentation, students will be able to make dish and bowl shapes and also coasters and candle stands etc.

Saturdays from 4 February / 13.00 – 16.30 / Wednesdays from 8 March / 17.45 – 21.15 / Saturdays from 11 March / 13.00 – 16.30
5 weeks / £125
Artist: Midori Shinmura

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£125

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/glass-tableware-5-week-course

Owl Sandcast Workshop

Half Term Owl Sandcast

  • 23 February 2017 9:30-11:30am
  • 25 February 2017 9:30-11:30am

. Add your own colour and decoration to make your design unique. Watch as your design is transformed by our studio team who will pour molten glass into your mould to produce your own individual piece of art.
Monday 20 / Thursday 23 / Saturday 25 February / 9.30 – 10.30 & 10.30 – 11.30 / £15 each / Min age 6 (all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult) / Max 10 people per hour
Please note - Sandcast objects have a texture/sandy surface on the reverse side and may contain bubbles.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£15 each

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=760&to=2017-02-23%2010:30:00&from=2017-02-23%2009:30:00

Decorative Fused Glass Workshop

Decorative Fused Glass

  • 25 February 2017 2-4:30pm

These can be hung up to display at home.
Monday 20 February / Saturday 25 February / Sessions at 14.00 and 15.30 / Age 6+ / £10
Booking Essential

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=745&to=2017-02-20%2015:00:00&from=2017-02-20%2014:00:00

Glass Photo Frame Workshop

Collage a Glass Photo Frame

  • 22 February 2017 10:30am-12pm, 2-3:30pm

Wednesday 22 February / 10.30 – 12.00 / 14.00 - 15.30 / Age 4+ / £10 / Booking Essential

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=747&to=2017-02-22%2012:00:00&from=2017-02-22%2010:30:00

Glass Painting Workshop

Glass Painting

  • 23 February 2017 9:30am-4pm

Thursday 23 February / 9.30 – 10.30* / 10.30 – 16.00 / Age 3+ / £4 / Drop-in
*9.30 early start quiet session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=748&to=2017-02-23%2010:30:00&from=2017-02-23%2009:30:00

Decorate a Plate or Mug Workshop

Decorate a Plate or Mug

  • 24 February 2017 9:30am-4pm

Friday 24 February / 9.30 – 10.30* / 10.30 – 16.00 / Age 3+ / £4 / Drop-in
*9.30 early start quiet session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=749&to=2017-02-24%2010:30:00&from=2017-02-24%2009:30:00

Glass Flameworking Course

Ignite! Flameworking

  • 25 February 2017 10am-4pm

This one day class using borosilicate glass (PYREX) will give you a taste of all of our flame working experiences in one day, make a marble, a coloured glass pendant, some interlinked glass chain and a sculptural plant form. Making these pieces will give you a grounding to move forward with your flame working skills to more complex designs.

Saturday 25 February 10.00 – 16.00 / £80

Artist: Zoe Garner

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£80

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/introducing-ignite-flameworking

Artistic Fused Glass Course

Artistic Fused Glass

  • 27 February 2017 6-9pm

Over the five weeks this course you will be instructed in the technical aspects of glass fusing that will allow you to explore your own aesthetic ideas in a supportive and professional environment. Starting with glass cutting techniques, you will then be introduced to tech fusing, full fusing, basic decal application alongside the introduction to annealing schedules. The work will be fired in between the classes and by the end of the course you should have a series of exciting and individual glass pieces to keep.

It is recommended that participants have some basic experience of fusing glass or have attended our Introducing...Fused Glass course

Duration: 5 x 3hrs / Age: 16+ / Booking is essential. Please read terms and conditions before booking.
Mondays from 27 February 18.00 – 21.00 / 5 weeks / £125
Artist: Sue Woolhouse

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£125

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/artistic-fused-glass

Drawing Club

Drawing Club

  • 8 March 2017 6-8pm

This course for intermediate level drawers aims to improve your skills while allowing you time to develop a style of your own.
The course aims to give you the freedom to enjoy drawing experiment by giving you the tools and techniques to tackle any type of drawing whether it be landscapes, people or objects. This course will allow you to enjoy drawing so that when you do want to draw something you won't hesitate.

Wednesdays from 8 March 18.00 – 20.00 / 5 weeks / £80
Artist: Stephanie Goldsmith

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£80

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/drawing-club

Screen Printing Course

Screen Printing on Glass

  • 9 March 2017 6-9pm

This five week course offers participants a comprehensive introduction into screen printing onto glass. Through a combination of demonstrations and practical application you will learn how to select suitable imagery, coat a screen with photosensitive emulsion, screen-printing techniques, suitable enamels to kiln firing cycles and how to fuse the printed layers of glass together.

Participants will choose from a selection of pre-prepared images to create a 20x15cm print as well as making a series of four 10x10cm prints using their own line drawings. By the end of the course participants will have gained a good understanding of screen-printing onto glass and details of the types of equipment and materials required.

Thursdays from 9 March 18.00 – 21.00 / 5 weeks / £125

Artist: Jade Tapson

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£125

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/screen-printing-on-glass

Stained Glass Weekend Course

Stained Glass Weekend – Leaded Technique, Intermediate Level

  • 11 — 18 March 2017

Make contemporary glass art using the traditional stained glass techniques. Learn how to cut glass and lead the pieces together to make a finished flat panel.
This intermediate course will improve your skills and learn more advanced techniques.

Saturday 11 & Saturday 18 March / 10.00 – 16.00 / £110

Artist Gill McGinley

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£110

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/stained-glass-leaded-technique-intermediate-level

Intermediate Ceramics Course

Intermediate Ceramics

  • 11 March 2017 10am-1pm

This intermediate 6 week course in ceramics is suitable for anyone with some prior experience working with clay, and is an ideal follow on from our Introducing... Ceramics course. Students will learn a range of decorating and construction techniques from practical demonstrations.

The course aims to be upbeat, rewarding and allow participants to enjoy pottery at their own pace.

Saturdays from 11 March 10.00 – 13.00 / 6 weeks / £140
Artist: Richie Oliver

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£140

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/intermediate-ceramics

Tobias Mohl Demonstration

Tobias Mohl

  • 24 — 25 March 2017

Tobias lives and works in Ebeltoft, Denmark and will be demonstrating in our studio on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March.
Watch out for further details on our website nationalglasscentre.com

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=766&to=2017-03-25&from=2017-03-24

Flameworked Glass Insects Course

NEW! Flameworked Glass Insects

  • 25 March 2017 10am-4pm

On this one day class we will make a dragonfly, creating and sculpting each section separately out of borosilicate glass, to then join all sections together. The techniques we use can be used to move forward and create any insect form.
Your insect will have to be annealed overnight, so you will have to come back to pick up your work, If you are unable to pick up your work please inform when booking and we can arrange postage of your items.

Why not push your skills further and let your imagination take over in the sculptural Flame Working glass weekend course?

Saturday 25 March 10.00 – 16.00 / £80
Artist: Zoe Garner

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£80

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/new-flameworked-glass-insects

Mother's Day Lunch

Mother’s Day Lunch

  • 26 March 2017

Sunday 26 March 2017
One course £9.95 / Two courses £14.95 / Three courses £18.95 (includes a special gift for Mum)
Booking essential. To book please call 0191 515 5555 (Option 1)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

One course £9.95 / Two courses £14.95 / Three courses £18.95 (includes a special gift for Mum)
Booking essential. To book please call 0191 515 5555 (Option 1)

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=615&to=2017-03-26%2017:00:00&from=2017-03-26%2010:00:00

Hollow Beads Course

Flameworked Hollow Beads and Bubbles

  • 26 March 2017 10am-4pm

This day class will focus on blowing small glass beads using borosilicate glass tube, we will learn how to pull points, blow glass and make holes in the bead. Creating patterns on the surface of the bead and adding colour, let your imagination take over and create your very own designer bead.
Beads you make have to be annealed overnight, so you will have to come back to pick up your work, If you are unable to pick up your work please inform when booking and we can arrange postage of your items.

Why not push your skills further and let your imagination take over in the sculptural Flame Working glass weekend course?

Sunday 26 March 10.00 – 16.00 / £80
Artist: Zoe Garner

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£80

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/new-flameworked-hollow-beads-bubbles

Butterfly Sandcast

Mother’s Day Butterfly Sandcast

  • 26 March 2017 9:30-11:30am

Create a butterfly mould in sand, and then decorate using your Mum’s favourite colours. Molten glass will then be poured into your mould to create a 3D object that will last a lifetime!

Sunday 26 March 9.30 – 10.30 & 10.30 – 11.30 / £15 each / Min age 6 (all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
Max 10 people per hour
Please note - Sandcast objects have a texture/sandy surface on the reverse side and may contain bubbles.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£15 each

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=759&to=2017-03-26%2010:30:00&from=2017-03-26%2009:30:00

Glass Painted Easter Chick Workshop

Glass Painted Easter Chick

  • 8 April 2017 10am-4pm
  • 14 April 2017 10:30am-4pm
  • 17 April 2017 10:30am-4pm

Saturday 8 April / 10.00 – 12.00 / 13.00 – 16.00 or Friday 14 April and Monday 17 April / 10.30 – 16.00 / Age 3+ / £4 / Drop-in

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=751&to=2017-04-14%2012:00:00&from=2017-04-14%2010:00:00

Easter Sandcast Workshop

Easter Sandcast

  • 10 April 2017 9:30-11:30am
  • 13 April 2017 9:30-11:30am
  • 15 April 2017 9:30-11:30am
  • 17 April 2017 9:30-11:30am
  • 20 April 2017 9:30-11:30am
  • 22 April 2017 9:30-11:30am

Add your own colour and decoration to make your design unique. Watch as your design is transformed by our studio team who will pour molten glass into your mould to produce your own individual Easter egg or bird.
Monday 10 / Thursday 13 / Saturday 15 / Monday 17 / Thursday 20 and Saturday 22 April / 9.30 – 10.30 / 10.30 – 11.30 / £15 each / Min age 6 (all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult) / Max 10 people per hour
Please note - Sandcast objects have a texture/sandy surface on the reverse side and may contain bubbles.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£15

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=761&to=2017-04-10%2010:30:00&from=2017-04-10%2009:30:00

Fused Glass Bird Workshop

Fused Glass Easter Chick

  • 10 April 2017 2-4:30pm
  • 13 April 2017 2-4:30pm
  • 17 April 2017 2-4:30pm
  • 20 April 2017 2-4:30pm

Monday 10* / Thursday 13 / Monday 17 and Thursday 20 April / Sessions at 14.00 and 15.30 / Age 6+ / £10 / Booking Essential

*Monday 10 April 14.00 is specifically designated as a quiet session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=752&to=2017-04-10%2015:00:00&from=2017-04-10%2014:00:00

Mirror Portraits Workshop

Mirror Portraits

  • 11 April 2017 10:30am-4pm

Tuesday 11 April / 10.30-16.00 / Age 6+ / £5 / Drop-in

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=753&to=2017-04-11%2016:00:00&from=2017-04-11%2010:30:00

Weather Mobiles Workshop

Weather Mobiles

  • 12 April 2017 9:30am-4pm

Wednesday 12 April / 9.30 – 10.30* / 10.30 – 16.00 / Age 3+ / £3 / Drop-in
*9.30 early start quiet session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=754&to=2017-04-12%2010:30:00&from=2017-04-12%2009:30:00

Easter Lunch Event

Easter Sunday Lunch

  • 16 April 2017

All children receive a chocolate gift.
One course £9.95 / Two courses £14.95 / Three courses £18.95
Booking essential. To book please call 0191 515 5555 (Option 1)

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

One course £9.95 / Two courses £14.95 / Three courses £18.95

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=482&to=2017-04-16%2017:00:00&from=2017-04-16%2010:00:00

Clay Jewellery Workshop

Clay Jewellery, Badges and Magnets

  • 18 April 2017 9:30am-4pm

Use air-drying clay to sculpt shapes and press beads and jewels into the surface to create beautifully adorned pieces. Choose from a pendant, badge or magnet backing.
Tuesday 18 April / 9.30 – 10.30* / 10.30 – 16.00 / Age 5+ / £3 / Drop-in
*9.30 early start quiet session for those with additional needs, this session is Autism friendly

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=755&to=2017-04-18%2010:30:00&from=2017-04-18%2009:30:00

Glass Photo Frame Workshop

Collage a Glass Photo Frame

  • 19 April 2017 10:30am-12pm, 2-3:30pm

Wednesday 19 April / Sessions 10.30 – 12.00 or 14.00 - 15.30 / Age 4+ / Booking Essential / £10

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=747&to=2017-04-19%2012:00:00&from=2017-04-19%2010:30:00

Glass Jewellery, Badges & Magnets Workshop

Glass Jewellery, Badges and Magnets

  • 20 April 2017 2-4:30pm

Thursday 20 April / Sessions 14.00 and 15.30 / Age 8+ / £8 / Booking Essential

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

£8

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/glass-jewellery-badges-and-magnets

Masquerade Masks Workshop

Masquerade Masks

  • 21 April 2017 10:30am-4pm

Friday 21 April / 10.30 - 16.00 / Age 4+ / £3 / Drop-in

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

£3

Website

http://www.nationalglasscentre.com/about/whatson/details/?id=757&to=2017-04-21%2016:00:00&from=2017-04-21%2010:30:00

Casting Introduction Course

Introduction to Casting with Effie Burns

  • 24 — 28 July 2017

July 24 - 28 July / 10.00 – 16.00 / £595 – light lunch included each day in our eatery The Glass Yard

This week long course suitable for beginners will show you how to create a range of beautiful cast glass pieces. You will be supported to make work that is important to you, whether your inspiration comes from the land or the sea or your family history.

The course will cover using clay and wax to create form and texture, an introduction to mould making and cold working. You will learn how to make small intricate cast glass pieces, how to make and fire an open cast mould and how to do lost wax casting. The final day of the course will introduce you to the technique of pâte de verre.

An ideal opportunity to experiment, learn new things and enjoy the making process.

Artist: Effie Burns

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£595

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/introducing-casting

Bend Me Shape Me Masterclass

Bend Me Shape Me with Zoe Garner

  • 31 July — 4 August 2017

July 31 – August 4 / 10.00 – 16.00 / £695 – light lunch included each day in our eatery The Glass Yard

Drawing concepts, ideas and designs from the beautiful local environment this skills based class over five days will explore the possibilities and potential of flameworked Borosilicate glass in Contemporary Art.

Using Clear borosilicate Glass (PYREX) solid glass rods will be transformed in to sculptural components and glass tube will be blown to be connected in the flame to form larger scale installations. Through a combination of demonstrations and free practice time, starting from basics we will build a vocabulary of flameworking skills that will form a solid grounding to move forward using flameworking as an art form.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£695

Website

http://shop.nationalglasscentre.com/ecs/product/bend-me-shape-me-flameworking-masterclass

Getting there

National Glass Centre is situated on the North Banks of the River Wear near University of Sunderland's St Peter's Campus.

Driving

Follow the Brown Roadsigns from Sunderland City Centre or south, from Newcastle Road or type SR6 0GL into your sat nav.

Cycling

National Glass Centre is part of the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route from Cumbria to Sunderland.

By Train or Metro

Regular Metros and Trains operate between Sunderland and Newcastle. There is a direct rail link to Sunderland from Middlesbrough every hour.

National Glass Centre is a seven minute walk from St Peter’s Metro Station. Journey time from Newcastle to St Peter's Station is 25 minutes.

By Bus

The E1 takes you from Sunderland City Centre to Roker Avenue which is only a few hundred metres distance from the main entrance.

The 700 Sunderland Connect bus is also available to take from park Lane Campus and City Campus.

By Air

Newcastle Airport, Teesside Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport are all about 45 minutes from Sunderland.

By Taxi

Station Taxis provide accessible taxis and can be contacted on 0191 555 5555.

National Glass Centre
Liberty Way
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR6 0GL
England

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Website

www.nationalglasscentre.com

E-mail

info@nationalglasscentre.com

Telephone

General Enquiries

0191 515 5555 (Option 9)

Brasserie

0191 515 5555 (Option 1)

Fax

General Enquiries

0191 515 5556

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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