Retiring artist donates glass-making tools to students
An 82-year-old glass artist no longer able to follow his passion has donated his tools to a new generation of artists at the university where he first trained.
Emyr Prys Jones has called time on his career due to increasing physical difficulty holding a glass cutter and brushes.
And 25 years after training at the same venue, he has provided students at Glyndŵr University's North Wales School of Art and Design with glass-making equipment and his stock of glass
The tools, which include a glass grinder, badger and other brushes, will be used extensively by students studying on the university’s BA (Hons) Applied Arts degree course.
As part of the donation, Emyr recently visited NWSAD on Regent Street, Wrexham, to speak to students about his career working with glass.
Stuart Cunningham, academic head of creative industries at Glyndŵr University, said: “We’re delighted and extremely grateful to Emyr for making such a significant donation to the university. These will prove invaluable for students during their studies and we hope for generations of students to come.
“Emyr’s talk provided a great insight into glass-making which will be equally beneficial to students.”
Emyr trained as a scientist and continued to work in the field, while following drawing and painting as a hobby.
He began a part-time course with the aim of improving the standard of his painting, later completing an A-Level in the subject and then a course in glass painting at the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education.
After taking a break due to a bout of ill health, Emyr continued to work with glass, including painting portraits on glass of his own grandchildren.
Notably, he has produced a tall lancet window in Brymbo Parish Church which depicts the village choir, steel works and its people.
At the Miners Institute at Rhosllanerchrugog he completed a window depicting a miner's life above and below ground.
Emyr said: “My only regret is that I did not follow my love of painting and seek a career in working with glass.
“I must thank those who led me and trained me in the art of glass, which is why almost all of my equipment and remaining materials have been given to the glass department of the college where I trained.“The few items I have sold have provided money for a donation shared between Nightingale House and Dr Watson’s Leukaemia and Allied Blood Disease Fund at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.”