Conference 2015

Extreme Glass: a focus on material and process.

North Lands Creative Glass Extreme Glass Conference 2015

This year our Conference further expands upon our classes and puts them into context. The materiality of glass and glassmaking techniques will be examined as artists and designers look at the material afresh , investigate the basic science and the tools used, and ask how far it is possible to push the idea of “the glassmaker”.

Conference speakers include some who have found innovation through the media of materials and process, and some who think about the importance of actually making. The expanding world of glass will be considered by educators and curators and during the Conference there will be practical workshops, seminars and opportunities for attendees to introduce themselves through presentations and the showing of images.

Speakers include:
Dr Zoe Laughlin, an artist and maker working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials. She is a co-founder and Creative Director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library located there.
Jeroen Maes, Director of Glazenhuis in Belgium and Curator of the International Glass Prize.
Tord Boontje, an industrial designer whose practice spans industrial and craft techniques.
Jerome Harrington whose practice-based PhD at Sheffield Hallam University. investigates understanding the object and its material existence by reference to the making process
There will also be talks by Master Class leaders Angela Thwaites and James Maskrey.

The Conference is open to artists, curators and those with an interest in the creative industries.
Scottish Glass Artists Opportunity
North Lands Creative Glass (NLCG), as part of its conference programme in September 2015, would like to illustrate the quality and diversity of contemporary glass art and craft in Scotland. To do this we invite Scottish glass artists to submit 1 – 3 images of their work, together with a short statement in the form of a Haiku-style poem describing their ideas, their work and /or their motivation.

The images and text will be edited into a slide show which will be presented during the conference and form part of the demonstration events. The presentation will also be available to view on the NLCG website (

Images should be in jpeg format and labelled with the title of the work, the artist’s name and the year made.  Images and information should be sent to via Dropbox or WeTransfer by 2nd August 2015

Conference events will run from 2.00 p.m on Friday 4th September.

Conference Fee: £250
Reduced Fee for Master Class participants: £200
Reduced Fee for Students: £190
10% Discount for CGS and SGS members
Early Bird Discount of 15% available until 30 May 2015

Fees include dinner on Friday and Saturday evening and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Click here to go to the Conference 2015 Booking Form.
For more details call Grace on +44 (0) 1593721229 or email