Craft Scotland Conference - The Power of Glass

17 Nov - 18 Nov 2022

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Glass artists and enthusiasts, curators and researchers join us for the Craft Scotland Conference 2022 – The Power of Glass.


National Museum of Scotland
Auditorium, Level 1
Entry via Chambers Street
Chambers Street
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Celebrating the essential role glass has, and will continue to have in society. 2022 marks the United Nations (UN)’s International Year of Glass.

This year, the hybrid-format Craft Scotland Conference (Thurs 17 & Fri 18 Nov) explores a key element of the UN’s celebration, the importance of art glass as a form of social and political commentary.

Glass artists, makers, and designers today are employing this visceral medium to explore complex issues and narratives that are pertinent to contemporary society.

The Craft Scotland Conference - The Power of Glass programme is guest curated by: 

  • Dr Jessamy Kelly (Lecturer in Glass, within the School of Design, at Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh) 
  • Sarah Rothwell (Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Design, in the Department of Global Arts, Cultures and Design at National Museums Scotland) 

Learn more about this year's Guest Curators.

Who's it for? 

The Power of Glass brings together the international craft community to get inspired, make connections and share knowledge.  

  • Glass artists, designers, makers and enthusiasts 
  • Specialists in the fields of contemporary craft, art glass, and art history 
  • Art historians, academic researchers and students 
  • Curators, producers, art and culture professionals 
  • Those interested in contemporary craft and specifically art glass 
  • Those interested in culture’s role in social justice movements  

The Craft Scotland Conference 2022 is a hybrid event. If you prefer to join in remotely, you can enjoy a live stream via Facebook of the Christopher Day glass demonstration (Thurs 17 Nov) and you can book a digital ticket for the symposium (Fri 18 Nov).  

The Craft Scotland Conference 2022 is supported by Craft Scotland, in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art (University of Edinburgh), National Museums Scotland, North Lands Creative, and the RAFT research group.

Learn more about this year's speakers.



DAY ONE: Glass Demo by Christopher Day & Social Event 


Date: 2pm - 5pm, Thurs 17 Nov 2022 

Address: Edinburgh College of Art, Glass Department, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF – Meet at ECA Main Building Reception to be shown up to the department. 

Please note this event is now sold out but you can join the waitlist list via Eventbrite

Join Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) as they host glass artist Christopher Day for a demonstration of glass blowing the afternoon of Thurs 17 Nov.

Creating highly personal works, Christopher Day’s intention is to discuss and investigate the treatment of black people in Britain and the United States of America. Much of his research has focused on the history of the slave trade in the Eighteenth Century and the Civil Rights Movement. 

Free to attend. Limited spaces available for in-person attendance, booking essential via Eventbrite.

Delegates will also have the chance to meet and network in the breakout space.

If you prefer to get involved online, you can watch the demonstration via a live stream on ECA’s Facebook channel.  


DAY TWO: Symposium


Date: 9.30am – 5:30pm, Fri 18 Nov 2022 

Address: National Museum of Scotland, Auditorium, Level 1, Entry via Chambers Street, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF 


The Power of Glass, a symposium on Fri 18 Nov 2022, will explore identity, social and political thought within art glass.  

This symposium brings together artists, makers, and researchers to share knowledge, inspire and educate on topics within art glass that range from diversity, identity, representation, sustainability and environmental concerns.  

  • Session 1: Equality, Diversity, and Identity explored through Glass Art with talks by Jeff Zimmer, Christopher Day, and Karen Donnellan & Suzanne Peck.  
  • Session 2: Climate Action, Responsible Consumption, and Sustainability in Glass Art & Design with talks by Pinkie Maclure, Atelier NL and Maria Sparre-Petersen.  
  • Closing Keynote: Dr Max Stewart discusses how we can ensure the future of glass education for all.  

Delegates will hear from leading voices in art glass and access contemporary thought within an underrepresented field of art history.  

Delegates can choose to attend the symposium in-person or remotely via Zoom. Booking via Eventbrite

Those attending in-person are welcome to attend a drinks reception after the symposium at ECA, Main Building reception. A chance to connect with fellow delegates, view recent RAFT research group posters, and enjoy refreshments.

North Lands Creative is offering ISGNE bursaries for emerging artists to attend the Craft Scotland Conference - The Power of Glass. Open to members of Contemporary Glass Society, Scottish Glass Society and Glass Society of Ireland. Learn more.  



Sliding Scale Tickets: What Should I Pay?   

You can choose what you pay, based on your circumstances, to attend the symposium on day two, with different options for in-person and online.  

Our new Sliding Scale Tickets (£5 - £65) ensure Craft Scotland events are as accessible as possible. 

Use the ticket descriptors to decide which level is appropriate for you - you will not be required to show any proof.  

Craft Scotland is a registered charity. All income generated from ticket sales is reinvested back into our annual programme that supports makers and champions Scottish contemporary craft, including projects that connect local communities with craft. 


Zoom Disclaimer  

A link to join this Zoom session will be circulated before the event. Please do not share this link with anyone outside of the session.  

By participating in this online session, you are agreeing to the terms as set out in the Craft Scotland Online Sessions Disclaimer. This session will be recorded. 

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