Glass at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) was started in 1909 by Douglas Strachan and, since its inception, a diverse range of staff and students have contributed to its rich history and reputation. Upon discovering an archive of materials dating back to its early days, Dr Jessamy Kelly decided that she wanted to do something that celebrated that history and showcased the talent and creative work of alumni from the last few decades. Transition was the exhibition that brought together the Glass archive with images of work by staff, students and alumni, illustrating the tradition of Glass at ECA.
"The Transition exhibition shows quite a varied and diverse mix of students who have passed through the department," said Jessamy, "We have some very interesting stained glass artists from the early 90s in the exhibition and that runs right through all mediums in the discipline. So we’ve got kiln-casting, we’ve got glass blowing, there’s some really strong techniques coming through, and a lot of those are influenced by the staff who were teaching then."
Gemma Leamy, Glass - BA (Hons) graduate (2015) and current Masters student and Caithness Glass Scholarship recipient, participated in the Transition exhibition.
"It’s a really tight team in Glass," she said, "Everyone’s really close and alumni tend to stay around and work together, so it’s a nice community to be a part of."
"The piece that I submitted is a development from my graduate project," she said, "I won the Gallery Graduate Award in 2015, and this year I had a solo exhibition where I developed the work from my graduate collection."