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Glass Facilities

Glass Working Facilities

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BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics and MA Design and Applied Arts (Glass) students have access to one of the largest, best equipped glass-making facilities in Europe, giving students the opportunity to experience a broad range of techniques to realise their creative aspirations.

  • Our Hot Shop contains:
    ◆ 2 recuperated pot furnaces for blowing and casting 
    ◆ Glory-holes and lehrs 
    ◆ Automated glass press and centrifuge 
    ◆ 1 of Europe’s largest hot glass casting kilns at 2 m x 1m. 
    ◆ Many of the moulds used are created in our own resin-sand mould-making workshop.
  • Our cold processing room contains:
    ◆ A full range of linishers, cutting and polishing lathes 
    ◆ Flat-bed grinders 
    ◆ Diamond glass drill 
    ◆ Lapidary saws 
    ◆ A diamond band saw 
    ◆ 4 vibra-lap machines 
    ◆ Pneumatic hand grinders and engravers 
    ◆ An industrial diamond milling machine
  • The kiln room contains:
    A large plaster model and mould-making workshop to realise forms in plaster, wax and thermo-set rubber which then can be taken into refractory castable moulds for lost wax casting and glass slumping.
  • Other facilities:
    18 kilns, ranging in size from small scale jewellery to large scale casting and architectural kilns.

Glass blowing facilities

One of our graduates describes, in depth, the process of working with glass – alongside the outstanding facilities we have in Wolverhampton.

Facilities Gallery

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Study with us

We offer both undergaraduate and postgraduate courses in Glass:

The BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics course encourages students to develop approaches to practice based on ‘thinking through making’ where learning takes place through direct, responsive engagement with materials and processes, combining tacit knowledge of skills and craft with curiosity, speculation and reflection. 

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The focus of postgraduate study in Design and Applied Arts is to consider your current and past practice and recognise the opportunities that exist for research, material investigation and professional development. The aim is to provide a framework that will guide your enquiry within your subject specialism.

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