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Senior Technician in Glass

I have a career in hot glass spanning over 25 years. Having originally trained as an apprentice at a glass studio in Dorset, I went on to gain a BA (Hons) degree from The Surrey Institute of Art and Design and an MA with distinction from the University of Sunderland.

I help to support the delivery of our undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications and, as part of the artist access schemes run by the University and National Glass Centre, I also facilitate and manage many projects for visiting artists.

I have exhibited my own work widely and internationally and have been recognised with inclusion in many public and private collections including The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Museum of Scotland, and The Crafts Council.

Teaching and supervision

As a specialised technical member of staff, much of my role involves the teaching of process through practical workshops and demonstrations. This includes specialist support, knowledge transfer, and facilitation to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff, visiting artists, and external organisations.

I have a passionate interest in the education of hot glass and have led masterclasses through invitations at Glazenhuis (Lommel, Belgium), Bildwerk (Frauenau, Germany), Cesty Skla (Sazava, Czech Republic), and Northlands Creative Glass (Lybster, Scotland).


With a devout passion for making, my research is largely practice-based. With over 25 years of glassmaking experience, I have developed a large repertoire of traditional techniques and coupled these by embracing the incorporation of new technologies where appropriate.

My main research interests involve the more peculiar or lesser-known facts which more recently have encompassed voyages of discovery, endeavour, and exploration. The major outcomes of these artworks and research are exhibition-based bodies of work and subsequent publications and lectures.


Number of items: 66.


Maskrey, James (2018) 'Loud and Clear', Harley Gallery. 'Loud and Clear', Harley Gallery. (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2017) Craft and Design Magazine. Craft and Design Magazine, 249. p. 15.

Maskrey, James (2016) Drawing - An expressive Gesture with the advantage of permanence, 2015. Drawing - An expressive Gesture with the advantage of permanece, 2015. (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2015) British Glass Biennale Catalogue 2015. British Glass Biennale Catalogue 2015. (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2015) CRAFTS magazine Issue 254 2015. CRAFT magazine Issue 254 2015.

Maskrey, James (2015) European Prize for Applied Arts Catalogue 2015. European Prize for Applied Arts Cataloguge.

Maskrey, James (2015) Glass Quarterly, Urban Glass NYC Issue 139. 2015. Glass Quarterly, Urban Glass NYC. (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2015) Magdalene Odundo, Tri-part-us, 2015. Magdalene Odundo, Tri - part - us.

Book Section

Maskrey, James (2016) Andrew Miller: The Good ,The Bad and the Ugly. In: Andrew Miller the Good the Bad and the Ugly. Art Editions North. ISBN 978-1906832278 (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2015) 'A Passion for Glass' The Dan Klein and Alan J Poole Collection 2015. In: A Passion for Glass: The Dan Klein & Alan J. Poole Private Collection. National Museums Of Scotland. ISBN 978-1905267835

Conference or Workshop Item

Maskrey, James (2018) 'Jewellery: Wearable Glass'. In: 'Jewelley: Wearable Glass', May 2018, Studio Fushion, OXO tower . London.

Maskrey, James (2018) 'Creative Lives'. In: 'Creative Lives', 13 Feb 2018, University of Sunderland.

Maskrey, James (2017) 'Material Focus-Glass'COLLECT. In: Materials Focus - Glass, COLLECT, 5 Feb 2017, Saatchi Gallery, London. (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2016) 'Salon'. In: 'Salon': Crafts Council Event, Panel Guest., November 2016, Islington, London. (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2016) 'Skillsfest': 'Skills and their use, a retrospective view'. In: 'Skillsfest, Skills and their uses, a retropective view', Oct 2016, National Glass Centre. (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2016) 'Masters of Mastery' Panel Guest. In: North Lands 20 Conference: A Luddite convention: making, technology & nature, 16-18 Sep 2016, ECA, Edinburgh. (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2016) Artist Presentation: 2016 Exhibition: Voyages of Discovery. In: Artist Presentation, Jul 2016, Johansfors Gallery, Broakulla, Sweden.

Maskrey, James (2016) Artist Presentation: “Voyages Of Discovery”. In: Artist Presentation, May 2016, Bildwerk, Frauenau, Germany. (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2016) " A Creative Practice",. In: " A Creative Practice ", March 2016, UCA Farnham. (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2015) "Narrating Process". In: Northlands Creative Glass International Conference, Sep 2015, Lybster, Caithness. (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2015) "Making It: Building your Craft Future". In: "Making It. Building your Craft Future"., 05 Mar 2015, Whitworth Gallery Manchester.

Maskrey, James (2014) "Making Shout-Out". In: COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, 8-11 May 2014, Crafts Council presentation. COLLECT, The Saatchi Gallery, London..


Odundo, Magdalene and Maskrey, James (2014) Transition II. [Artefact]

Maskrey, James (2014) Terra Nova Pocket Diary & The Shore Part Black Perigord & Aba Madonna. [Artefact]

Maskrey, James (2013) Antarctic Work. [Artefact]

Maskrey, James Cook Series. [Artefact]

Maskrey, James Darwin. [Artefact]

Maskrey, James Food and Drink. [Artefact]


Maskrey, James (2018) "Jewellery: Wearable Glass". "Jewellery: Wearable Glas".Touring Exhibition, March 2018, Studio Fusion,OXO Tower, London.

Maskrey, James (2017) "Jewellery: Wearable Glass". "Jewellery: Wearable Glas".Touring Exhibition, 25 November 2017 – 27 January 2018, The Gallery, The Centre For The Applied Arts, Ruthin Craft Centre. Ruthin.

Maskrey, James (2017) "Marshwood Arts Award". Finalists Exhibition. "Marshwood Arts Award"., November - December 2017, Bridport Arts Centre. Bridport..

Maskrey, James (2017) British Glass Biennale 2017. 25 Aug - 9 Sep 2017, Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge.

Maskrey, James (2017) 'The British Glass Biennale'. 'The British Glass Biennale', August 2017, Stourbridge.

Maskrey, James (2017) 'Vessel'. July 2017, The Vessel Gallery.London.

Maskrey, James (2017) 'Glass Glamour',. 'Glass Glamour'., June 2017, Quennington Old Hall, Quennington.

Maskrey, James (2017) Jewellery/ Wearable Glass NGC publication 2017. Jewellery: Wearable Glass, 25 Mar - 01 Oct 2017, National Glass Centre Sunderland, UK.

Maskrey, James (2017) "Wearable Glass". March 2017, National Glass Centre. Sunderland.

Maskrey, James (2016) "Black to White and Back Again". "Black to White and Back again",, September - October 2016, London Glassblowing Gallery.

Maskrey, James (2016) "Ornament".GNCCF. "Ornament". GNCCF, October 2016, Granada Studies, Manchester.

Maskrey, James (2016) "Causes and Effect", The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. "Causes and Effect", September 2016, The National Centre for Craft & Design , Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

Maskrey, James (2016) "Northlands at 20" (with Richard Slee),. September 2016, Dovecote gallery, Edinburgh.

Maskrey, James (2016) CGS British Glass Show. "British Glass", 4 Jun - 10 Jul 2016, The Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk, Netherlands.

Maskrey, James (2016) "Connections" Juried/Selected. "Connections", May - June 2016, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

Maskrey, James (2016) "voyages of Discovery",. "Voyages of Discovery"., May - September 2016, Johansfors Gallery , Sweden.

Maskrey, James (2016) "Heroic Endeavours". "Heroic Endeavours" Solo Installation. Invited Artist, April - June 2016, Sunderland Museaum and Wintergardens..

Maskrey, James (2016) "The Possibility of". April - June 2016, The Laing Gallery, Newcastle..

Maskrey, James (2016) Connections. 04 - 28 May 2016, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2016) European Glass in Context. EGC2016 - CURATED, 10 Sep - 13. Nov 2016, Bornholm Art Museum. (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2016) "European Glass in Context". 'Curated'. "European Glass in Context", 'Curated', 13th November 2016, Bornholm Art Museum, Bornholm, Denmark.

Maskrey, James (2015) "Drawing - An Expressive Gesture With The Advantage of Performance". "Drawing - An Expressive Gesture With The Advantage Of Permanence"., Sunderland, The National Glass Centre.

Maskrey, James (2015) "European Applied Arts Prize". "European Applied Arts Prize", October 2015 - January 2016 .Juried/Selected artist, Grande Halle des Anciens Abattoirs de Mons, Belgium.

Maskrey, James (2015) James Maskrey, Histories. Histories, 7-31 Oct 2015, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (Unpublished)

Maskrey, James (2015) "James Maskrey-Histories", Solo Show. "James Maskrey-Histories", Solo Show, October 2015, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

Maskrey, James (2015) "Synergy". "Synergy".(with Richard Slee)., September 2015, London Glassblowing Gallery.

Maskrey, James (2015) "Essence 2015". "Essence 2015" Invited artist, August 2015, London Glassblowing Gallery.

Maskrey, James (2015) "Many a Slip". July 2015, Marsden Woo Gallery, London.

Maskrey, James (2015) "Glass Glamour". June 2015, Quenington Old Rectory, Quenington.

Maskrey, James (2015) The British Glass Biennale. 'The British Glass Biennale', May 2015, Stourbridge.

Maskrey, James (2015) "Mersey Maritime". May - July 2015, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.

Maskrey, James (2015) "Recollected". "Recollected" Invited artist, March - June 2015, Sunderland Museaum and Wintergardens..

Maskrey, James (2015) "Ripples" CGS juried show. "Ripples", CGS juried show, March - May 2015, The pyramid Gallery, York.

Maskrey, James (2015) "Neuerwerbungen 2014/New Acquisitions 2014". January - Aapril 2015, Glasmuseum Alter Hof Herding Collection Exhibition Glasmuseum Alter Hof Herding. Coesfeld-Lette. Germany.

Maskrey, James (2014) "Chase". October 2014, Royal College of Art, London.

Maskrey, James (2014) Glasshaus IX. September 2014, Parndon Mill, Harlow, Essex..

Maskrey, James (2014) James Maskrey - In his Own Works. James Maskrey - In His Own Works, September 2014, The National Glass Centre long Gallery.

Maskrey, James (2014) COLLECT. May 2014, The Saatchi Gallery, London.

This list was generated on Sat Jul 20 06:13:09 2024 BST.
  • Contemporary glass practice
  • Multi disciplinary glass techniques
  • Traditional glassmaking techniques
  • Facilitation of art projects
  • Design and technical consultancy

As part of the artist access schemes conducted through the University and National Glass Centre and my individual specialism, I have facilitated and managed glass projects for many renowned artists including Richard Slee, Bruce McLean, Magdalene Odundo, William Tillyer, and Nicholas Pope. All these projects have included student and alumni assistants. Their inclusion in this process has been key in both their development and the success of these projects.

I am a practicing glass artist with an interest for all things peculiar – fact and fiction, historic and contemporary. My focus is very much on the continued dissemination of glass skills to our future creatives in an attempt to keep the passion for this craft and its artistic outcomes alive.

Last updated 28 February 2024