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Applications are open for our upcoming residential workshop in hand-blown glass in Tuscany, Italy.
The workshop will take place between the glass-blowing facilities in Colle Val d’Elsa and OCRA Montalcino.
The residency will focus on hand-blown glass as a medium to create a tableware object commissioned by Matter of Stuff.
The designers in residence will have 5 full days to come up with a great design.

Invited guests include Domitilla Dardi, curator; Camilla Brunelli, product designer; Pia Wustenberg, founder of Utopia & Utility; Cristina Felici, archaeologist.

We will also visit Castello Banfi wineries and their museum of glass, experiencing first hand the process of wine making, while tasting some of the best Banfi wines.
To spice things up, an internal competition will be held, and the winning designs will be produced and exhibited with our gallery Matter of Stuff during London Design Festival 2018.



Our goal for this short experience is very ambitious, we want to be able to select two design objects that can be manufactured by our expert glass blowers. The workshop will give participant the chance to gain the practical and experimental skills required to communicate and work closely with artisans. At the end of the week designers will be able to understand all the implications to make a design achievable in glass.
During the workshop:
• We will visit the glass manufacturing facilities
• There will be Lectures from outstanding designers and professionals taking place
• Wine tasting experience and visit to wine production facilities in Montalcino will be organised
• Accommodation & food are included
• We can accommodate for special catering
• All participants sleep in dormitories
• You will have access to teaching rooms and media room for presentations
• All Transfer from Montalcino to Colle Val d'Elsa and back, and from Montalcino to the wineries will be included.
Fees are:
£750 inc VAT for students
£900 inc VAT for professionals

There will be a requirement of 10 participants minimum for the workshop to take place.
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The week will follow the schedule below (please note that hours and activities might shift slightly according to the group’s best needs).

Monday | Arrival in Montalcino between 15.00 and 16.00. | Workshop introduction and lecture by Pia Wüstenberg | Group formation & group work.

Tuesday | transport to colle val d'elsa | Introduction to the glass-blowing facilities | Visit to the glass facilities with Pia Wüstenberg | Group work and discussion with manufacturers.

Wednesday | Montalcino - Visit to winery | Lectures with Camilla Brunelli, group work and project discussion with guests | Domitilla Dardi lecture and workshop | Round table with guests and dinner.

Thursday | Montalcino - Design in glass | Lectures with Cristina Felici.
Group work and project discussion with guests. | Creative food design and workshop | Round table with guests and dinner.

Friday | Group work and presentation preparation | Design presentation to the jury | Selected project announcement

Saturday | Breakfast | Check out and departure at 10:00 am.