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Glass—A Material Practice in the Anthropocene

National Glass Centre, The University of Sunderland, Sunderland SR1 3SD, UK
Received: 30 November 2018 / Revised: 21 December 2018 / Accepted: 3 January 2019 / Published: 8 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Glass Art: Materiality and Digital Technologies)
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This paper details and discusses Material Journey (2018), an art project by the author that was exhibited at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland (UK) from 9 June to 2 September 2018. This research project sought to interrogate the material impact of one art project made of glass by carefully considering the different stages of making—from design to production to the exhibition phase. The carbon footprint of an energy intensive material such as glass is often considered anathema to sustainable making practices in the field of applied arts. Whilst this paper makes the case that the material impact of individual art practices is negligible in the global context of carbon footprints, it nevertheless argues that the craft of ‘making’ has a critical role to play in the Anthropocene. Critically, this project is one of the first art projects in glass that critically examines the carbon footprint of a material practice. It is argued that this conversation is long overdue but makes the case that the tools for understanding and calculating the carbon footprint of a material practice are currently lacking and need more development. View Full-Text
Keywords: glass; making; crafts; applied arts; Anthropocene; sustainability; carbon footprint glass; making; crafts; applied arts; Anthropocene; sustainability; carbon footprint

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