Special Issue "Art Glass Studies for a Changing World – the International Year of Glass"

A special issue of Arts (ISSN 2076-0752). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Arts".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2023 | Viewed by 148

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jessamy Kelly
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Director of Postgraduate Taught, Lecturer in Glass, Vice Chair of the RAFT Research Group, School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, UK
Interests: glassmaking; glass design; art glass; practice-based research; digital-technologies; collaborative practice; inter-disciplinarity; materiality; mixed media; material combinations
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Sarah Rothwell
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Guest Editor
Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Design, Department of Global Arts, Cultures and Design, National Museums Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, UK
Interests: nordic and British modernist jewellery design; contemporary craft with a focus on ceramics, glass and jewellery; 20th century European art and design and the integration and interpretation of historical collections by working artists and makers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since their publication in 2015, the world has reflected upon and utilised the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) as a target, revising its actions and focusing its research drivers with an aim to implement these goals by 2030. This call to action is a collective, universal wake-up call to end poverty, protect the environment, achieve gender equality, and ensure health, well-being, peace and prosperity for all. However, what does this mean in terms of art glass? Two themes for this journal have been developed to find the answer.

  1. Articles that examine a range of sustainability drivers focused on responsible glass production and consumption, the key changes being made through studio practice, and exemplar models of practice will be welcomed.
  1. Articles that examine a range of equality, diversity and inclusivity drivers from the perspective of the art glass community, and articles that engage with socio-political narratives will be welcomed.

The far-reaching effect of the SDGs when viewed through the lens of the international art glass movement is an engaging and exciting topic to examine. Understanding how these goals can be or have been applied to contemporary art glass practice, education and its community is an important enquiry for this sector. This Special Issue will focus on the effect of the Sustainable Development Goals and how they can act within creative art glass practice as a form of socio-political commentary and narrative.

We invite potential contributors to submit written reports on their research, creative practice, innovations, and experiences in the field of art glass, which will be considered by our review panel.

Dr. Jessamy Kelly and Sarah Rothwell Collection Editors

This second edition, is a follow on from the first edition Topical Collection: "Contemporary Glass Art: Materiality and Digital Technologies"

2022 is the International Year of Glass, a significant and vital moment for the art glass community to consider the impact glass has on the world and challenge the status quo, leading to change within our international community of practice. This Special Issue will offer a series of papers from a diverse community of researchers and practitioners who are advancing and challenging the boundaries of the field of art glass through their work and research. Through their contributions, a new perspective about the changing world of contemporary art glass will be presented.

Dr. Jessamy Kelly
Sarah Rothwell
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Arts is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • art glass
  • studio glass
  • socio-political commentary
  • new narratives
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • sustainability
  • equality
  • diversity inclusivity (EDI)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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