6th November 2019
A LYBSTER-based art studio is preparing for Christmas early this year with a season of workshops, demonstrations, taster sessions, craft activities and mini workshops over the month of November.
North Lands Creative (NLC) glass studio has announced its festive calendar with all of the activities being free to attend and “something for everyone to enjoy” being promised by its management.
NLC general manager Laura O’Kane said: “Our exciting programme of workshops will be led by artists affiliated to North Lands Creative, exploring a broad section of artistic glass techniques including glassblowing, flame-working, kiln-forming and glass bead-making.”
One of the workshops will be led by Thurso-based artist Ian Pearson who will introduce participants to the magical world of glass flameworking. A scientific and artistic lampworker, Ian expertly blends traditional skills and modern technology to dramatic effect.
Ian said: “It has been a privilege for me to have been involved with North Lands Creative since its conception as an exhibiting artist, an adviser and workshop leader. I believe the best way to learn is through having fun and experiencing the practical aspects of handling hot glass.”
Ian says that all participants in his class will work under the watchful eye of an artist with “over 50 years of flameworking experience”.
Laura said: “It is our mission statement to build a stronger glass community worldwide and Lybster and Tannach Community Benefit Fund has been incredibly supportive in helping us engage locally so people can enjoy the benefits of the world class artists we have visiting. Glass is a wonderful tactile medium and our calendar of events in November will allow people to experience first-hand what an exciting material it is to work with.”
She added that NLC is now regarded as “Europe’s leading centre of excellence for artistic glass education”.
Part of the November calendar announced includes a Festive Family Fun Day on Sunday, November 17. There will be a festive fusing mini-workshop where participants can create fused glass Christmas decorations in the kiln, hot glassblowing and flameworking demonstrations by artists Emma Baker and Ian Pearson as well as children’s craft activities.
A Christmas shop will also be open with unique handmade glass gifts, jewellery and Christmas decorations produced in the NLC studio by visiting artists.