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Glass making has been an important part of the north east’s heritage since stained glass glaziers worked on the Wearmouth and Jarrow monasteries in 674AD and both Sunderland and Newcastle were noted for their glass-making credentials between the 17th and 19th Centuries. In fact, in 1827 around 40% of all English glass was made in the Tyneside area and by 1845 South Shields was making more plate glass than anywhere else in the country. Despite this, the region’s glass making heritage is sometimes overlooked and contemporary glass makers in the region are sometimes overshadowed by other artists working in the region.

That might be about to change as two leading arts venues in the region have teamed up to help raise the profile of glass making in the region. Sunderland’s National Glass Centre and Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory will be working together in an attempt to support the work of local glass artists and champion the heritage of the craft in the region.

Michelle Daurat from the National Glass Centre explains: “People in the North East and beyond are very familiar with the region’s industrial past as shipbuilders and coal miners, but it is amazing how many people are surprised by the region’s strong connection to glass making. National Glass Centre’s partnership with The Biscuit Factory aims to highlight the important part glass making plays in the region’s cultural heritage.”

Earlier this month, the Biscuit Factory already unveiled its new dedicated space for the craft with works produced by the National Glass Centre’s hot glass studio team on display. In the coming months, visitors to both venues will be able to find out more about each of the organisations as well as experience more of what the world of glass making in the region has to offer.

To find out more, visit the Biscuit Factory or National Glass Centre websites.

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