Throughout 2010, Interiors & Lifestyle Futures has worked closely with West Midlands’ designer-makers. A key partner is Glass Collaborations, whose aims include one of pursuing ‘new business opportunities for regional makers through networking and transnational collaborations.’
Made In Glass, with financial support from Interiors & Lifestyle Futures, was an initiative to create successful partnerships between glass makers and designers in the West Midlands with others in the UK and in the European Union and America.
|Vase collaboration by Denise Hunt, Erwin Eisch and Verity Jasmin Burley|
Nineteen artists planned their collaborations, in detail, via email and a web-based forum. They then spent week-long residences at Stourbridge’s Red House Glass Cone, solving logistical and artistic issues for the new pieces. “Equipment limitations actually forced us to innovate,” says Stourbridge-based glass artist Charlotte Hughes- Martin who teamed up with Lachezar Dochev from Bulgaria. “We developed a technique that no one has used before, we’re really excited.”
|Table by Charlotte Hughes- Martin & Lachezar Dochev|
As of late September, the West Midlands artists and those from the Next Big Thing had achieved sales of over £9,000, attracting buyers and art collectors from England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, and Canada.