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About Sheridan's Glass Program

In 1969 Robert Held established Canada’s first college level hot glass program at Sheridan College. The studio was originally built in a large steel shed on the property of the former Lorne Park Campus in Mississauga, ON. In 1986 the glass studio, along with the entire SOCAD program, was moved to Sheridan College’s Oakville Campus, where Daniel Crichton nurtured it into an internationally recognized glass teaching facility.

Many of the program’s graduates have gone on to establish their own studios and to organize other glass programmes across Canada. The late graduate François Houdé co-founded Espace Verre in Montreal, Norman Faulkner, who was ceramic technician at Sheridan College, established the Alberta College of Art's Glass Program, and former Sheridan glass faculty Karl Schantz started the Ontario College of Art & Design’s Glass program.

Today Koen Vanderstukken is at the helm of the Craft and Design – Glass program at Sheridan College, which this year builds upon 50 years of experience while working on the frontlines of the future. Its innovative approach to design, craft and autonomous art is unique and fuses critical thinking with hands-on experience. Students are immersed in all aspects of working with glass: glass blowing, sand casting, kiln casting, flame working, a full range of cold working techniques and electroplating. Experiments and the development of new approaches are an integral part of today’s four-year bachelor’s program that’s housed in state-of-the-art glass studios.