Charity Fund Report on Grant given 6 Years Ago
Sheryl Vaughan received a grant from the WCGS Charity Fund some 6 years ago, very early on in her career as a Glass Artist. Since then Sheryl has attained a First Class BA at UCA Farnham, Surrey.
Learning about the achievements of the people we encourage and support can be very rewarding and spur us forward knowing that our efforts are not only appreciated but also beneficial both to the recipient and the greater Glass Industry.
Sheryl has recently contacted us and advised of her involvement in Glass at the Forge. An exhibition in collaboration with London Design Festival 2018, Open House London 2018 and Craft Central. 15th September – 23rd September 2018
Glass Sellers are invited to the preview and should contact: email@example.com
As a small child I remember watching glass blowers in Florence, Italy and being totally mesmerised and fascinated with the skill of the glassblowers and the beautiful, colourful, sparkling glass that they created. Both my Mother and Grandmother must have felt the same, because after the trip they both became avid glass collectors. My passion for glass was fuelled by their collections and, later in life, I also became a collector of glass.
In the late 80’s I went from being a PA at Director level to an artist. A serious illness left me with disabilities, both mentally and physically, but painting, working with clay and photography became my therapy. After completing my City & Guilds in Ceramic & Design I noticed there was a glass course at my local college. I knew I had to get on the course and applied immediately. After my 2ndlesson my glass tutor, Katherine Hewlett, suggested that I apply to do a degree. I did not even know what a BA was! I applied to UCA Farnham and was accepted with an unconditional offer just 2 days later. I was scared, nervous but so excited – I couldn’t believe that my previous work in glass, ceramics and photography had got me through.
As a mature, disabled student, my financial resources were very limited. I applied to every institution that was appropriate to my course, to help with funding.. The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London came to my rescue, and provided me with a bursary, for which I am eternally grateful. The funding went towards purchasing essential equipment and materials that I needed to pursue my love of glass and excel in my course. I left Farnham with a First in BA (Hons) Glass, Ceramics, Jewellery & Metals.
After leaving University, The Worshipful Company of Glaziers approached me and asked if I would like to sell my work at their annual Christmas Sale, to which I gratefully accepted. I sold some pieces, which helped me get my foot in the door. The experience gave me the confidence to show my work and, more importantly, helped me to communicate with the general public. I have since exhibited at the OXO Tower, The Mall Gallery for The Society of Designer Craftsmen, Ely Cathedral, organised a collective of other members from The Society of Designer Craftsmen with a pop-up gallery in Shoreditch, and am now part of a glass collective Glass@TheForge, which opens on Saturday 15th September as part of London Design Week.