North Lands Creative Glass Appoints New Artistic Director
Published 21 Jan 2016The Board of North Lands Creative Glass is delighted to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Sarmiento as Artistic Director from 1 October 2016.
He will succeed Emma Woffenden on the completion of her inspiring three-year term of office, culminating in North Lands 20, the anniversary celebration of its first master class and conference in 1996.
Dr Sarmiento is currently Reader in Glass at the University of Sunderland, where he was awarded a PhD in 2011. Educated at the Rhode Island School of Design, he has worked internationally as a Fulbright Fellow in Denmark, a Visiting Artist at UrbanGlass, and an instructor at Pilchuck Glass School. Known for his artwork exploring cultural identity and the graphic image in glass, he won the International Glass Prize 2012 at Glazenhuis, Belgium and his recent solo exhibition at National Glass Centre in Sunderland toured to Bullseye Projects, USA. His collaborative work was also included in Glasstress Gotika at the 56th Venice Biennale.
Looking forward to the possibilities of adventure, learning, and collaboration in a unique landscape, Sarmiento’s vision for a three-year directorship incorporates the natural, cultural and historical qualities of the locale into a dynamic programme at North Lands Creative Glass.
Image: Jeffrey Sarmiento with Tethering, hot and flameworked glass, made during Petr Stanicky’s Masterclass at North Lands, 2014. Photo credit: Angus Mackay Photography
Emotional Leak, 2013
collaboration with Erin Dickson
Waterjet cut glass, steel and rubber
13 x 4 x 4 ft.
A visualization of a literal leak from the ceiling of National Glass Centre, this waterjet cut sculpture is a monumental interpretation of a 3D print.
Beautiful Flaws, 2013
Found glass from a disused Norwegian greenhouse, wood, steel, aluminum
640 x 350 x 280 cm
20 x 11 x 9 ft.
Inspired by Bachelard’s Poetics of Space, the shimmering effect of stones in found greenhouse glass is accutuated by printed concentric rings, the view through each window distorting the universe.