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Hartford glass artist enjoys global success
A HARTFORD entrepreneur is enjoying global success in the glass design market.
Glass artist Ben Walters will open glass factory in China in January, allowing him to supply to customers all over the world.
The 28-year-old began his career at Mid Cheshire College in 2001, enrolling on a painting and drawing course progressing to fine art, ceramics, life drawing, photography and art and design classes before specialising in glass making.
And Ben recently returned to Mid Cheshire College to visit his old art tutor, Chris Malins, before giving a presentation to current art and design students.
“I have a very busy schedule, I travel back and forth to China, spending four weeks there and then three weeks back in Hartford,” said Ben, a consultant and manufacturer for global furniture brand Halo Asia.
“The world is a vast place, there are plenty of jobs out there for designers – so don’t be put off pursuing your dream.”
Ben was snapped up by the National Glass Centre as a studio designer upon leaving university with a Masters degree in glass and three-dimensional product design.
His career continued as a contemporary glass artist producing sculptures, visual installations and bespoke chandeliers.
“I was also hired for my specific skill sets to produce work for other contemporary glass designers across the UK,” he added.
In 2009, Ben’s work was selected for glass collections and galleries including the Houses of Parliament, personally selected by Prime Minister at the time Gordon Brown.
View Ben’s work at benwaltersglass.wix.com/benjamin-walters
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