The programme team encourages students to participate in the work of professional bodies such as the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of glass, the Contemporary Glass Society, the British Society of Master Glass Painters and the Royal Society of Arts, with whom the department enjoys close working links.
The course also benefits from close collaboration with industry through annual live projects. This flexible relationship with industry and the professions allows students to engage with events and projects from a broad spectrum of external bodies.
The department has good links with industry in the UK and Europe, especially Finland, France and Germany, and provides opportunities for visits, exchanges and work placement.
Somerset-based Holy Well Glass is one of Britain’s leading glass conservation studios, undertaking many high profile projects within some of our most notable historic buildings.
Their latest commission somewhat differs from projects they have been involved with in the past. The studio was approached to design a set of glass doors for the Royal Chapel, Great Windsor Park. Swansea College of Art Glass Alumni students, Sarah Knighton the designer and Gemma Curtis the co-creator, who have been working for the studio since they graduated, were given the task of formulating a proposal for the scheme by director Steve Clare.
Sarah’s design consisted of carefully selected lines from the hymn “Immortal, Invisible, God only wise”, this flows across and down both doors. The text is complemented by design details taken from architectural cues and native British Foliage with the addition of cast glass elements bonded to the surface.
The Royal ciphers of her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip sit at the base, the foliate background of Prince Philip’s ciphers reflects his role as Ranger of Windsor Great Park. With a project of this scale, the Holy Well team needed facilities which were able to accommodate the size of the doors.
The glass department at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD has such equipment and space and were happy to invite their alumni back into the department to use the facilities. This also gave the current students a great opportunity to experience the fabrication of a live brief, one commenting “inspirational”.
UWTSD's Catherine Brown, Programme Director of Glass and Lecturer in Applied Arts at UWTSD's Swansea College of Art said: "It is fantastic to see Swansea’s alumni doing so well and proves that there is ample opportunity for graduates to do well after University. The doors are now installed in the Royal Chapel and look majestic in their regal setting."
The Stevens Competition is an annual competition organised by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and is a leading competition of its kind. It attracts entries from students and emerging glass artists nationally and internationally. Entries are assessed by a panel of distinguished judges preeminent in their field.
Our students enter this competition and have a soundtrack record for winning awards.