This class will combine discussions of the materials science of glass, metals, and ceramics, with ways of exploring mixed-media chemical phenomena during furnace working.  There would be a philosophical emphasis on the idea of embracing failure during experimentation as a necessity for discovery and invention.

Dates: Mon 19 August to Thursday 22 August

Monday 19 August - Registration from 10am to 11am, class starts at 11am

Any Level - beginners welcome

Location - University of Wolverhampton School of Art

£590 - includes VAT, all materials, lunches and invitation to the British Glass Biennale Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening

Artist Biography

Dr. Jane Cook is the Chief Scientist at The Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum's principle resource on the science and technology of glass. She works across the Museum to incorporate scientific content in exhibitions and educational programs, advises the Museum’s artists-in-residence, and lectures widely at universities, colleges, and art schools on how scientific and engineering fundamentals can inform artists’ work.  Jane earned her Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison,  and is a materials engineer with 25 years of expertise in glass, metals, ceramics, and semiconductors.  She worked at Corning Incorporated R&D for 16 years, and is inventor on over 30 patent applications. In her own artwork, she is a sculptor in glass and glass-based mixed media, and a painter in acrylics and digitally.  Her work explores the interplay of the ambiguity and opportunities of consciousness with the precision of science. She pulls from her science and engineering background to explore themes of emergence within shifting reference frames, and the blurry lines between chaos, patterns, and understanding.


Additional Evening Events

Monday 19 August

Evening Barbecue at Vale Head Farm

Mingle and meet your masterclass colleagues in the tranquil environment of Glasshouse College’s Vale Head Farm, Kinver (5 miles from the Glasshouse). Set in beautiful South Staffordshire scenery you can relax after a busy day in the studio and enjoy good, local, organic bbq with salads and drinks with your new friends.

6.30 – 10pm

Price £20

Tuesday 20 August

Swedish Evening at Red House Glass Cone

To celebrate the arrival of ‘Boda Builders’, an exhibition of contemporary Swedish glass, we invite you to experience a Scandinavian evening in this atmospheric heritage venue. There are many parallels between the Stourbridge Glass Quarter and Sweden’s Kingdom of Crystal with the shift from factory to contemporary glass. Meet Maja Heuer, Director of The Glass Factory in Boda, who is leading this change and enjoy a Swedish inspired supper. This event will only be open to limited numbers, so small and very special. 

6.30 – 9.30pm

Price £25

 Wednesday 21 August

Experience the delights of hand crafted real ale on the popular Black Country Beer Bus Tour

This tour takes you around some of the best traditional Black Country Alehouses for an evening of hand crafted real ale and some fine local brews, including Enville Ales, Bathams, Ma Pardoes and the Black Country Ales. The Swan at Netherton is deservedly on CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. Tuck into a choice of home-cooked traditional fish and chips, faggots & peas or a vegetarian/vegan option. The beer bus also features a bar selling spirits and other drinks.

The tour starts at 7pm and will finish around 11pm.

Price £25

Thursday 22 August, 6pm

British Glass Biennale Awards Ceremony

To celebrate the completion of your masterclass we warmly invite you to join us for the official opening of the British Glass Biennale.

If you have any queries place contact Masterclass Coordinator Jaqueline Cooley on +44 (0)7990 711565 or email [email protected]

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Ticket Quantity Price

Blowpipe Chemistry with Dr Jane Cook

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Barbecue at Vale Head Farm

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Swedish Evening at Red House Glass Cone

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Black Country Real Ale Tour

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International Festival of Glass Programme

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