Art students gain insight into the discipline of glassmaking

Art students from Tenbury High Ormiston Academy will have the unique opportunity to participate in a glassmaking art project next year, after the academy was awarded a £1,000 grant from the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, one of the prestigious Livery Companies of the City of London.

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The project will involve a trip to the glass museum in Stourbridge, the historic centre of glassmaking in England, where students will have the chance to learn about the scientific properties of glass and the historical significance of the industry in the local area.

Students will also work with a professional glass artist to use glass kiln fusing methods to design and make their own pieces of glass art – an opportunity which is not usually available to many students or schools.

Ahead of the trip to the museum, Leigh Baildham, a representative from the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers, paid a visit to Tenbury High Ormiston Academy to share with the students more information about his organisation and the historic role it has played in the glass industry. Leigh took the time to talk to some of the students individually who have chosen to study art next year, and praised their enthusiasm and excellent manner.

The Academy provides many opportunities for students to experience art and culture, part of an enhanced wide-ranging curriculum and a key tenet of OAT’s Enrichment Charter.

Adrian Price, Principal of Tenbury High Ormiston Academy, said:

"I am so pleased that our students will have this exciting opportunity to explore such an interesting form of art which they will likely not have encountered before. This will add to the enrichment offer our academy prides itself on which ensures our students receive exciting opportunities to experience learning outside of the classroom.

"I’d like to thank the hard work of all our teachers in the Art Department who have made this project happen and we all look forward to working closely with the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers next year, and seeing some excellent results."

Molly Stones, an art student who will participate in the project next year, said:

"It was so great to speak to Leigh from the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers and it was fascinating to learn about the history of the organisation. I really enjoyed showing Leigh our hard work from this year and I can’t wait to participate in the project next year."