Glass Conference and opening of the Glass Beacon at ALEX Design Exchange UWTSD


The Glass Department at the Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is hosting a conference to introduce current practice and research activities within the field of the glass arts. 

The conference will take place on Friday 11th March 2016 from 9am to 4.30pm at UWTSD’s ALEX Design Exchange, Swansea.

The event will also mark the opening of the ‘Glass Beacon’, a recently installed, contemporary large-scale architectural glass commission which involved staff, students and alumni of the Swansea College of Art Glass Department.  The ‘Glass Beacon’ will be opened by UWTSD’s Vice Chancellor,  Professor Medwin Hughes. 

The conference will provide a platform for discussion and audience participation and will reflect the diversity of practice and research within the applied glass arts. The conference will host keynote speaker Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe who will introduce her research into the life and work of the Irish glass artist Wilhelmina Geddes. The event will mark the Welsh launch of her recently published and highly regarded book on the subject, which is available to attendees to buy at a specially discounted price.

There will also be talks by Alun Adams, Architectural Glass Centre Co-ordinator at UWTSD, Rodney Bender, Research Fellow at UWTSD and glass practitioner at Innovative Glass Products, Catherine Brown, Programme Director, BA Glass Contemporary Practice, Lisa Burkl, Programme Director, BA Glass Architectural Arts, Martin Crampin, Research Fellow at University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth and glass practitioner, Dr Shelley Doolan, Senior Research Associate at UWTSD and glass practitioner, Marilyn Griffiths, MPhil, Lecturer at  UWTSD, Dr Tyra Oseng-Rees, Senior Research Associate at UWTSD  and Rachel Phillips, Lecturer at UWTSD and glass practitioner.

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The MDes Glass (Architectural Arts) course at UWTSD Swansea, draws together the best traditions of hand working in glass with the latest creative technologies. Students study traditional and contemporary glass practice underpinned by solid, sustainable skills, including drawing, designing and making. For more information visit

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