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8th March 2019

The Ceramics and Glass department have had a busy few months designing and crafting the 2019 REYTA Awards, ahead of the ceremony on 14th March.

Now in its 10th year, the REYTA’s are an annual celebration of Hull and East Yorkshire’s tourism industry. It covers a wide range of categories, giving everyone an opportunity to enter.

Hull College Ceramics and Glass students themed this year's awards by taking inspiration from Hull’s architecture and landmarks and the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds. These elements were then incorporated into textured glass using a range of skills and techniques.

The glass element of the awards involved a complex process which begins with impressing into clay, from which a mould is taken and the glass is then melted onto the mould in a glass fusing kiln.

The client requested pink coloured glass to be included in the design, which was achieved, but the students also experimented and created an iridescent effect that has a rainbow sheen under certain lights. The glass also has a sparkling quality with the feature of tiny bubbles within it, referred to as ‘champagne bubbles’.

The base of the awards has a Japanese feel to it and was the development of one student’s initial concept sketches and then developed into the final shape using a distinctive black clay.

Each award includes ‘REYTA 2019’ and the number 10, which is contained within the glass and also screen printed onto the ceramic base.

Course tutor Nancy mentioned ‘The process this year has been challenging, due to the labour intensive and unique approach on each piece. We hope all the winner enjoy their awards and discover the subtle elements that make their award unique.’

The REYTA Awards will be held at a spectacular ceremony and the Bonus Arena Hull on 14th March, where tutors Nancy Pliener, Emma Harmes and their team of hardworking learners are set to attend.

Hull College offers a number of courses involving ceramics and glass. See below for details.


Art & Design - Foundation Diploma

Do you want to be a Fashion Designer, Fine Artist, Photographer, Graphic Designer or Architect? Not sure how to make the first step? Then the new Art & Design Foundation course at Hull College is your starting point.

Key course information

1 Year

Hull College

Various Days

Full Time

Ceramics or Glass Masterclass

This course offers students the opportunity to learn the basics of modelling in clay, slab building, throwing on the wheel, press moulding and a range of decorative processes such as glazing and slip decoration as well as developing skills in Kiln Forming Processes. More experienced students will extend their skills...

Key course information

10 Weeks

Hull College

Various Days

Part Time