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Eduard Ruane

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Exhibition Visit to Napoleone Martinuzzi. Venini 1925–1931

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

While in Venice we had the chance to go visit the exhibition of Napoleone Martinuzzi. Venini 1925-1931 which was curated by Marino Barovier

This  exhibition which is dedicated to Napoleone Martinuzzi, was made possible thanks to thorough research by Marino Barovier and a group of scholars on the history of the Murano glass-making company and on the important designers who contributed to making it renowned throughout the world. I just could not miss out on seeing this excellent collection !

Martinuzzi  had designed beautiful objects, and their  shapes are inspired by classical design, but expressed through the use of his own inventive, developed and innovative techniques.

I truly enjoyed how the exhibition traces his whole production chronologically. Starting with the elegant transparent blown glass to the highly vivid works with an unprecedented opaque texture, to the experimentations with pulegoso glass (a semi-opaque or translucent glass with a rough surface due to tiny bubbles that form by using special ingredients such as sodium bicarbonate) to pieces with intense and compact colours! and his array of glass animals.

The best way for you to experience it was to film the whole exhibition !

It closes on December 1st 2013.

best viewed in 720 or 1080p enjoy !



Venice, Glass, Inspiration, Art, Shenanigans and Wellies

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013


Venice has been such a wonderful experience !

Being in a city surrounded by tourists and yet being able to wander aimlessly through the never ending maze of  pathways  not a sound or person in sight, at night of course.When can I go back ?

The Foundation tutors planned a perfect trip, massive thank you goes out to you guys !

Jeffrey Sarmiento glass and ceramic lecturer, hands down best trip to Murano.  Master Glassblowing studio visits, Glasstress exhibition, Thanks for all the organizing Jeff !

Iv’e decided to compile a short video of the 3 days in Venice, more so a summary for you guys to watch,  for more photos see my Facebook page I’ve uploaded a Venice trip Album

Here is a video from the specific Murano glass blowing studio visits, Davide Salvadore firstly shows us how he makes his Murrini, followed by Pino Signoretto hot shaping and sculpting a sausage dog.

The opportunity to travel with University organised trips offers students so much more of an insight into what goes on behind our creative learning facilities, it has given me a professional insight into what direction I want to find myself heading  towards, meeting new people and all those epic shenanigans…It defiantly gave me a break from my degree show work.



Screen Printing Processes, the start of my degree show work

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Todays task is to show you guys how I go about using the process of screen printing as a part of my work, a print technique that uses a woven mesh supported by either a wooden or metal frame to support a ink blocking stencil that creates a printable version on the screen mesh once it has been coated with the UV emulsion and exposed. Its an excellent process if you want to create multiples of work but also a way of putting images and or drawings onto glass or ceramics.

I’ve started making prototypes of my set ideas for my degree show work, as always its better to start small then work up. Containing the scale also saves valuable material costs if processes don’t go to plan ( they sometimes do ! )

I will explain the rest in my video ( select 720p quality in settings to get the best experience ! ) Here is part one >


Try something new at University of Sunderland, Surfing? Yes !

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

On a cold miserable Wednesday afternoon I set off to visit the Adventure Sunderland activities centre !

They offer the option of Joining the centre as a university student having access to all their facilities and equipment, if coasteering, surfing kayaking or rowing float your boat I’d give it a go all I can say is I’m hooked to the point that I’ve invested in my own surfing equipment, 6am Roker beach Surf sessions for the win !

The Marine activities centre wetsuit and equipment area

The Marine activities centre wetsuit and equipment area

Sure I’ve sailed, Kite-surfed and rowed at home in Ireland  ( which ill be getting back into when the new warmer wetsuit arrives) but nothing quite prepared me for the North Sea, Tightly fitted wetsuit on, epic group and Helen our instructor who guided us through all of the do’s and don’ts. I honestly expected the water to be a lot colder from swimming previously with friends but the wetsuits worked well.  Ill be posting my early outing surf videos soon

I filmed the video with my GOPRO headcam, I’m glad its waterproof as it was my first time using it in a new waterproof casing.


National Glass Centre Faculty Demonstration and Introduction

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Just a quick introduction of 3 of our Glass Lecturers.

James Maskrey, Colin Rennie and Jeffrey Sarmiento all practicing artists working as part of the Glass and Ceramics Faculty here at University of Sunderland.

Full interviews to follow monthly starting off with Colin Rennie who has the role of the BA(hons) glass and ceramic course leader – watch this space !

Here they demonstrate the processes, equipment and techniques that they use in creating their precise and demanding work.

The demonstrations were motivating in showing the progressions of glass technique and applications within artist/designer maker practice.

I filmed this video at the Contemporary Glass society’s (CGS) skills Conference which was hosted by the National Glass Centre on October 12-13 2013.

A brief review of the CGS conference can be viewed here

What an inspiring experience, networking and learning the many ways how to professionally develop oneself as an artist.

A big Thank You goes out to CGS for allowing me to blog via Facebook and attend the Conference.

Proposal for my final degree show work

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

I’m eventually in my final year how I wish I could be here for longer with these extraordinary facilities and support.

Being given a open proposal for my final degree show work is excellent it gives me the freedom to push boundaries and express myself without limitations, that being said its a sure-fire way to get a little too lost, but that’s why we have supporting academics here at the Faculty .

Here’s a video of my PowerPoint proposal presentation for my final degree show module, PowerPoint’s are the way to go for showing your lecturers how you propose to research/develop your body of work its a conversation starter really !

My chosen theme is the exploration of process leading to new territory.
I’m wanting to investigate the impacts on the artistic output compared to  how the artistic output determines the language of the medium.

When I’ve demonstrated that I’ll be investigating further..I really want to understand how exploring and extending the process of landscape impacts again on the artistic output and re-defines the relationship in a new territory.

Watch out for my process videos on here and on Facebook.

At the moment I’m still testing and prototyping ideas and trying not to stay behind on logging results into a technical notebook, its always a nuisance when I cant remember what sort of clay body I’ve mixed when it turns out perfect after firing it in the kiln!


Lives online goes Bauble Making at the National Glass Centre !

Friday, November 1st, 2013

A great experience with  fellow bloggers Grant Michelle Camille and Tasha taking part in learning about Glassblowing.

They took part in making their own Christmas baubles, an experience offered by the National Glass Centre,  giving them a sense of the first experience that a prospective Glass and Ceramics student would have when starting  to work with glass for the first time !

In this video Tasha wears my Headcam to give you guys an experience like no other.  After a  few video edits later its live !

Showing you as prospective student what it is like to blow glass from my perspective wouldn’t give you the full experience, its got to be fresh all that’s missing is the immense heat and unique roar of the glassblowing studio.

If you haven’t already visited the National Glass Centre or the Glass and Ceramics Faculty come by on one of our open days, any questions don’t hesitate to send me a message on my Lives online Facebook page

I hope you enjoy the video, all of my demonstration videos will follow from a point of view perspective, viewing the processes in creating a completed body of work and in so doing “becoming” the artist.

  • Name: Eduard Ruane
  • Age: 23
  • Studying: Glass and Ceramics BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
  • Ambitions: To travel, take on several artist residencies and working towards teaching ceramics and glass at university level.

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