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Colin Rennie

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Senior Lecturer

I am a Senior Lecturer, Artist and Researcher, specialising in Hot Glass and Digital Crafts, and Drawing. I teach all three stages of BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics as well as MA and PhD levels.

Teaching and supervision

I am subject specialist in Hot Glass and Digital Crafts, and Drawing, teaching these at all stages of the BA and up to MA and PhD.

I am also Module Leader for three modules at undergraduate level and Director of Studies for two PhD students.

Research interests for potential research students

  • 3D modelling, Rhinocerous, Blender, Grasshopper
  • Glassblowing
  • Making
  • Digital Crafts


My research focuses on the emerging relationships between 3D modelling and handcraft skills. A back and forth method is applied from digital to handmade and back to digital again which opens up new relationships extending the potential of the processes in isolation.

My current work involves 3D scanning of handmade, freeform hot glass objects. Scans are then developed and elaborated virtually in software and then the digital constructions, additions or armatures can be manufactured using cad cam processes.

Parametric modelling techniques are utilised extensively to develop forms by evaluation of the scans of handmade objects, the resulting final sculpture thus explores contrasts between the intuitive and freeform approach and analytical and generative approaches.


Number of items: 25.


Watkinson, Cate, Rennie, Colin, Wadsworth, Fabian and Llewellin, Edward (2019) In Vulcan's Forge. Nature Geoscience, 12 (2-3). ISSN 1752-0908

Conference or Workshop Item

Rennie, Colin (2018) Illuminating Golour: Grosseteste in Glass Part 2. In: Science imagination and wonder Robert Grosseteste and His Legacy, 3-6 Apr 2018, Pembroke College Oxford. (Unpublished)

Hayes, Catherine, Fulton, John, Rennie, Colin and Petrie, Kevin (2017) ‘Heads or Tails? A Situational Analysis of Two Signature Pedagogies;an Epistemological Stance for Student Engagement’. In: RAISE 2017 Annual Conference – 'Perspectives on student engagement; looking forward…thinking back', 6-8 Sep 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK. (Unpublished)

Hayes, Catherine, Fulton, John, Petrie, Kevin, Todd, Claire Richenda, Livingstone, Andrew, Capper, Stephen, Bussey, Sonia and Rennie, Colin (2017) The Artistry of becoming a Scientist in Podiatric Medicine; Transcending and re-connecting Disciplinary Boundaries in Art and Science. In: : Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists Annual Conference, 16-18 Nov 2017, ACC Liverpool. (Submitted)

Rennie, Colin (2015) Crafted Computation. In: New Technologies in Practice, 22-24 Oct 2015, Urban Glass. (Unpublished)

Rennie, Colin (2014) Digital Glass Interface. In: Glassac14, 12 Sep 2014, Durham Universtiy. (Unpublished)


Rennie, Colin (2017) Concurentes. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate and Rennie, Colin (2016) 'Off the Grid' Silverlink Point. [Artefact]

Rennie, Colin and Watkinson, Cate (2016) "off the grid" silverlink point. [Artefact]

Rennie, Colin and Watkinson, Cate (2015) "Helping hands" Sculpture. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate and Rennie, Colin (2015) 'Helping Hands' sculpture. [Artefact]

Rennie, Colin (2013) Modulator and Emitter. [Artefact]

Rennie, Colin (2007) ATP Synthase-Design 4 Science Exhibition. [Artefact]


Rennie, Colin (2018) Light Embodied. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate and Rennie, Colin (2018) Embodied Light exhibition, JCR Art Gallery Pembroke College Oxford. [Show/Exhibition]

Rennie, Colin (2018) Fabricated. [Show/Exhibition]

Rennie, Colin and Watkinson, Cate (2017) ‘Illuminating Colour’ exhibition with Colin Rennie at the main gallery of the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. [Show/Exhibition]

Rennie, Colin (2013) Digital Glass Interface. [Show/Exhibition]

Rennie, Colin (2013) International Glass and Clay 2013. [Show/Exhibition]

Rennie, Colin (2011) Capsid. [Show/Exhibition]

Rennie, Colin (2011) Negative Entropy. [Show/Exhibition]

Rennie, Colin (2010) Flora. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate and Rennie, Colin 'Illuminating Colour'exhibition of glass art works. [Show/Exhibition]


Watkinson, Cate, Rennie, Colin and Gasper, Giles (2016) Through a Glass Darkly project Reading of texts at Seminars/workshops/demonstrations leading to production of experimental artworks. UNSPECIFIED.

Rennie, Colin (2006) Views of order. UNSPECIFIED.

This list was generated on Sun Jun 7 05:11:42 2020 BST.
  • Glassblowing
  • Hot glass sculpting
  • Coldworking
  • Polishing glass
  • Rhinoceros 3D modelling
  • Blender rendering
  • 3D printing
  • Waterjet cutting

Last updated 09 January 2020

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