Case Study

Annie Jones

Glass and ceramics student Annie Jones never dreamed her studies in Sunderland would take her to the Far East. But thanks to her degree course, she spent a valuable internship with Traidcraft which involved a spell in Vietnam working in a ceramics factory.

It was an amazing experience that has changed how I view the world and it certainly changed me! I was working with an industrial ceramic company helping them to improve their processes and taking a product from the design stage right through to production. It was an amazing experience which fed my creative thoughts through engaging with and embracing a new culture and seeing different technical skills and knowledge. This widened my vision of both industrial and studio ceramics, stimulating my current work. I learned a great deal through my work with Traidcraft and would love to be involved in this type of work again when I graduate.

My interest in ceramics started at school and then I went on to do a national diploma in Art and Design which led to my degree studies. When it came to looking for a course, it was very clear that the support network and facilities offered at Sunderland were by far the best. To be based within the National Glass Centre and engaging with practicing artists and technicians is just amazing. It is like one great creative community, with actively exhibiting lecturers who are really at the cutting edge of the contemporary glass and ceramics scene.

We are also encouraged from the start to develop a professional identity and are taught to promote ourselves and to put a value on what we do, which really prepares you for your future career. On a practical level it is great that all glass and ceramic students have their own dedicated workspace but in an open plan environment, which really creates an overwhelming sense of community about the place. The support here in Sunderland has been fantastic and as students we are encouraged every step of the way in pushing boundaries and building confidence in our practice.”

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