Manchester Craft & Design Centre welcomes a new exhibition into the fold, this time focusing on digitally crafted glassware, kicking off with a free launch on Thu 8 Feb, 6-8pm, with drinks and music from DJ Ailsa McLaggan of Living Room Dance Club. Following on from Kate Colin’s popular paper installation, MCDC’s spring show, Breathe, brings together the two worlds of glass and digital design, linking age-old techniques with modern technologies. Showcasing the work of the winners of the centre’s 2017 MMU Graduate Award (its 13th), supported by The Radcliffe Trust, Breathe is the culmination of a clever collaboration between two students, glass-blower Jahday Ford and digital designer Joe Hillary. The pair recorded the sound of Jahday breathing into the blowing iron used to create handmade glass, then converted the resulting visual soundwave into a 3D mould with which to shape a unique piece of glassware. The result? The precise moment in time when one blown piece is given its first breath and thus brought into the world, embodied in another blown piece. Mind. Totally. Blown. For more arts & culture click here.

Thu 8 Feb – Sat 12 May, Manchester Craft & Design Centre, 17 Oak Street, Manchester, M4 5JD, Tel: 0161 832 4274, Mon–Sat 10am–5.30pm, free,

Thu 8 Feb - Sat 12 May
Sarah-Clare Conlon
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Mon 7 May 2018