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Posted 22.10.14

International glass master Antoine Leperlier awarded Honorary Fellowship

Principal Andrew Brewerton, Antoine Leperlier, and Chair of Governors Ivan Sidgreaves

Plymouth College of Art are delighted to award internationally-recognised French glass artist Antoine Leperlier with an Honorary Fellowship.

Antoine, officially recognised by the French Ministry of Culture as a glass Master, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contribution to contemporary art at the College’s Graduation Ceremony on Saturday.

“Antoine is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant glass artists practicing in the world today,” College Principal Professor Andrew Brewerton said.

Antoine receives his Honorary Fellowship from Andrew Brewerton at the College's Graduation Ceremony

Professor Brewerton added: “Antoine’s work is a complete marriage of thinking and making. When you look at his work you have to unthink fashionable distinctions between arts and craft or ideas and artefact. He’s working at the very edge of his discipline.”

Principal Andrew Brewerton, who himself has a history in glass and is an Honorary Professor of Fine Art at Shanghai University, presented Antoine with the award at the College’s Graduation Ceremony – which saw over 300 students from the College graduate with a range of BA (Hons), Foundation, and Masters Degrees.

Antoine Leperlier in the College's Glass studios

Antoine Leperlier, who has been exhibited in New York, Japan, and Switzerland amongst others, said: “I am very honoured to be receiving this nomination.”

"I was also surprised to hear of it," Antoine added. "The question of merit immediately arises. What do I have more than any other..!"

Contemporary Crafts student Peter Heywood with Antoine Leperlier and Glass Pathway Leader Glen Carter

As part of his visit, Antoine also lead tutorials and gave a talk to Contemporary Crafts and Glass students at the College.

Contemporary Crafts Programme Leader Laura Wasley said: “We’re very excited to have Antoine spending two days in our glass department, and we’re also very lucky to have him.

“Antoine presented on the practice and context of his work – which our students found fascinating and rewarding.”

Photographs by Dom Moore and BA (Hons) Photography Graduate Sarah Packer