Alum Bay Glass passing on the age-old craft of glass-blowing

By James Woolven

Monday, February 29, 2016

 

Alum Bay Glass passing on the age-old craft of glass-blowing

Passing on the age-old craft of glass blowing. Jenna Hilton is the new Alum Bay Glass apprentice.

THE Isle of Wight's oldest glassblowing studio has taken on a new apprentice.

Alum Bay Glass, based at The Needles Landmark Attraction, took on an 18 year old, who recently moved to the Island from Lincoln to train in the ancient craft.

After a lot of interest in the position, managers gave the job to Jenna Hilton, who displayed a passion for art and an enthusiasm for the role.

Naomi Sondergaard, training manager for The Needles Landmark Attraction, said: "We’re so pleased we’ve been able to start the process of training Jenna in the art of glass making.

"Last year, we realised demand for our products meant a new addition to our team was needed.

"Working in a glass-making studio is no run-of-the-mill job, so we had to work hard to seek out the right candidate for the role.

"I’m confident we’ve found Alum Bay Glass’ next skilled artisan in Jenna."

Established in 1972, the glass studio still employs two of the original team, Robert Adams and Steven Meakin, who will now be passing on their knowledge to a new generation.

Jenna said: "I’m very happy I was chosen to be the new apprentice glassmaker at Alum Bay.

"I feel I’ve learnt so much already and am looking forward to completing my training."

Reporter: jamesw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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