GLASS IS TOMORROW is a European network that aims to establish a more fluid exchange of knowledge and competencies between glass and design professionals in the north, south, east and west of Europe. The first phase of GLASS IS TOMORROW – GIT I ran from 1 June 2011 through 31 May 2013.
Supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union, GLASS IS TOMORROW promotes a high level of craft and design in contemporary glass. Glass esthetics and techniques have been explored by mixed teams of designers and glassmakers to develop new typologies of everyday objects.
In its first phase, the project opened up new possibilities and generated dialogue about the conception, production and distribution of glass pieces.
A publication and a touring exhibition (France, Italy and Belgium) were organized to ensure a high visibility and promotion of the project and the outcomes of the three workshops, which took place between September 2011 and July 2012 in glass centers Iittala Glass Village in Nuutajärvi, Verreum in Nový Bor and CIAV in Meisenthal.
In its second phase, which began 1 June 2013, GLASS IS TOMORROW – GIT II focuses on further collaboration with high-end glass centers and postgraduate education departments specialized in glass design, in order to increase the quality of glass production in Europe and the awareness of European glass culture, traditions and innovations. The project has evolved to enhance both the pedagogy and the professions of glass design and glassmaking.
Two professional production residencies at the partners’ glass factories (The Glass Factory in Boda (SE) and the CIAV in Meisenthal (FR) have been organized in parallel with a series of three postgraduate workshops involving specialized design schools and glass research centers (École Supérieure d’Art et Design de Saint-Étienne, Konstfack, Royal College of Arts in London, and Domaine de Boisbuchet with the Glass Lab™ of the Corning Glass Museum).
After these five workshops, this second phase will also include a publication and a planned travelling exhibition – but this is still to be confirmed. Arkitektur- och designcentrum, Stockholm, Sweden – Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne, Saint-Etienne, France – Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland – RCA – Battersea Building Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
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