The inspirational Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire programme was initiated by Dale Chihuly in 2013. The programme works with wounded warriors of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community in Tacoma, USA. Patricia Davidson, one of the original project leaders, is joining us for the Festival to share the experience and insights gained through the programme. Accompanying her will be Michael Daley, a US veteran who will be demonstrating and working alongside UK participants.

New UK programme launched

Patricia is helping the Ruskin Glass Centre launch a new programme at the Festival collaborating with Help for Heroes to offer glassblowing courses to veterans and emergency service personnel who have been physically, mentally or emotionally injured.

Working in a hotshop is known to bestow physical benefits on people suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. It improves dexterity, balance, posture control, core strength and standing tolerance and participants benefit from the opportunity to be creative and to develop their imagination. The project will be researched in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton and the Ruskin Mill Land Trust Field Centre.

Patricia will be leading hot shop demonstrations and presentations throughout the festival. Come and meet her and find out more about this fascinating programme.