FREE Admission
Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL

Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Call: 0191 515 5555

BOOK BY PHONE: 0191 568 9700

FREE Admission
Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL

Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Call: 0191 515 5555

BOOK BY PHONE: 0191 568 9700

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Glass Production Facilities

Facility hire for professional glass artists & ceramicists at National Glass Centre


National Glass Centre is part of the University of Sunderland and a visitor centre, production house and contemporary gallery attracting 220K visitors per year.  Additionally it is home to around 130 students studying glass and ceramics at BA, MA and PhD levels who enjoy access to a huge range of ‘world class’ production facilities.

National Glass Centre is committed to supporting professional glass and ceramic artists in the production of their work through the provision of affordable access to our specialist facilities. This can be extremely useful to artists early in their careers when they may not have an established studio, the equipment they require, or for more established artists wishing to undertake projects that require access to larger equipment.

Our Hot Glass Studio is a diverse resource for glass artists, non-glass artists and designers.  Our team has many years of experience and is on hand to offer their making skills or to assist on production runs or special projects. We can also offer artistic support as well as provide information and share contacts in an effort to make your visit as productive as possible.

Our Hot Glass Studio comprises of three main areas:

Our Demonstration Studio offers a unique opportunity for large or small team production as well as special demonstrations to a visiting public or a target audience. Artists have found this a useful marketing tool for their own practice.

Our Combined Workspace is a flexible workspace with facilities for kiln forming and is ideal for group projects, outreach or workshops.

Our Education Workshop is a second workspace which is generally hired out for jewellery and stained glass making workshops. 

To complement all our studios we have a Cold Workshop area with all basic cold working facilities for finishing or embellishing glass.

The following facilities are available to hire, click on the links for further information:

2 x Hotshops

Cold Working Facilities


Lampworking Area and Waterjet Cutter

Silk Screen Printing Facilities

Mould-making Facilities for Glass and Ceramics


It is regretted that our facilities are not available for those with limited experience. Hirers are expected to be proficient in the use of all materials and equipment they intend to use. National Glass Centre facility hire does not include consumables or technical support unless agreed in advance.  Please let us know is you would like advice on sourcing materials or equipment.

Prior to hire artists are expected to supply an electronic copy of a valid Public Liability Insurance with a minimum cover of £2M. If more than one person is working then a policy/s that covers both parties must be provided. Many artists subscribe to AN (Artists Newsletter) magazine which currently provides a suitable policy with an annual subscription ( There are many alternative insurers who are acceptable.

Studios and equipment may be hired 7 days a week, subject to availability.

Please contact National Glass Centre Studio for enquiries about hiring:

Reception: +44 (0)191 515 5555

Ashley Woods: +44 (0)191 515 5517

Tim Betterton: +44 (0)191 515 2117

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