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Renowned international glassmaker to deliver Falmouth masterclass

The renowned Dutch glassmaker, JanHein van Stiphout, is to deliver a masterclass in the craft of glassmaking as part of University College Falmouth's programme of short courses.

JanHein van Stiphout is an autonomous glass artist and instructor in glass techniques based in the Netherlands, whose work features in many international museum collections.

His reputation has been established through his ability to create ultra fragile and flexible creations from glass.

This intensive four-day workshop will be held from 24 to 27 September at University College Falmouth's Design Centre at its Tremough Campus in Penryn.

It will cover a variety of technical processes including tack and full fusing, using Artista, Bullseye, System 96 and float compatible glasses. The course will also feature small scale glass casting from organic objects and egg shell pate de verre techniques, as well as an exploration of the theory behind kiln firing, annealing and glass compatibility.

"I am delighted that University College Falmouth has attracted such an internationally recognised glass artist to the Design Centre at Tremough," explains Lecturer on the College's BA(Hons) in Contemporary Crafts, Gayle Matthias. "Over the past ten years there has been a great deal of technological progress in the studio glass movement and this is reflected in the kiln formed glass facilities at the College's Design Centre and in the innovative glass work that is being created by our undergraduates."

The workshop is suitable for beginners and the more experienced glass maker wishing to broaden their technical skills.

University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), a unique initiative to promote regional economic regeneration through higher education. The CUC is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council.

For more information about the short course, please visit or email or telephone 01326 214399.

For more information about BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts, please visit, email or telephone 01326 214356 for the full-time option or 01326 214357 for the part-time route.

The Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and JanHein van Stiphout's masterclass is being promoted as part of a series of events taking place prior to the Looking into Glass conference, to be held at the Eden Project on 29 and 30 September. For further details, visit

For further information about this press release, please contact Jilly Easterby, Head of Public Affairs, University College Falmouth on 01326 213792 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). University College Falmouth is a partner of the CUC.


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