Studio Visit – Jeffrey R. Sarmiento

cBeautiful Flaws (2013), found greenhouse glass, wood, alumiunium, steel  6.4 x 3.5 x 3.8m © the artist

29 November 2014


North Member Programme, Studio Visit

National Glass Centre
Liberty Way
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR6 0GL United Kingdom

Join us for a studio visit and demonstartion of glass making techniques with artist Jeffrey R. Sarmiento.
Jeffrey R. Sarmiento is a Filipino-American artist whose work centers on constructed ethnicities, expressed through collisions of layered images within glass.

Exploring culture from the perspective of a perpetual foreigner, Sarmiento uses words, images, artefacts, and the urban landscape to look deeper into and to uncover hidden narratives about places and how the sense of a place is constructed. Using social history, biography (of people and objects), anecdote, and fiction he attempts to draw meaning and create connections within complex histories.

As a maker of intricate glass objects, Sarmiento uses materials to manipulate ways of seeing. Through combinations of hot glass, water jet cutting and screenprinting onto glass, he has developed methods of combining glass with the graphic image, constructing layers of information and embedding the image within the object, the result of which is, quite literally, the fusion of form and content.

Jeffrey R. Sarmiento is Reader in Glass at the University of Sunderland. He has worked widely in the US and Europe, including fellowships at UrbanGlass New York, and a Fulbright to Denmark. He was a finalist for the 2008 Bombay Sapphire Prize. In 2013 he installed a monumnetal work …. as the part of the Craft Council Exhibition Collect at Saatchi Gallery. His work features in the collections of Sunderland Museum, UK and the Speed Museum, USA. He has recently installed a monumental glass sculpture for the new Museum of Liverpool, UK.


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