International Year of Glass 2022

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Art Glass Studies for a Changing World

By David Moore posted 12-05-2022 12:10


Art Glass Studies for a Changing World – the International Year of Glass

Call for papers to be submitted to a special issue journal
Artist Gregory Alliss' work, Trapped Flow, made from recycled TV/CRT glass

Since their publication in 2015, the world has reflected upon and utilised the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) as a target, revising its actions and focusing its research drivers with an aim to implement these goals by 2030. This call to action is a collective, universal wake-up call to end poverty, protect the environment, achieve gender equality, and ensure health, well-being, peace and prosperity for all. However, what does this mean in terms of Art Glass?

Two emerging themes for this journal have been developed to find the answer:

  1. Articles that examine a range of sustainability drivers focused on responsible glass production and consumption, the key changes being made through studio practice, and exemplar models of practice will be welcomed.
  2. Articles that examine a range of equality, diversity and inclusivity drivers from the perspective of the art glass community, and articles that engage with socio-political narratives will be welcomed.

The far-reaching effect of the SDGs when viewed through the lens of the international art glass movement is an engaging and exciting topic to examine. Understanding how these goals can be or have been applied to contemporary art glass practice, education and its community is an important enquiry for this sector. This Special Issue will focus on the effect of the Sustainable Development Goals and how they can act within creative art glass practice as a form of socio-political commentary and narrative.

We invite potential contributors to submit written reports on their research, creative practice, innovations, and experiences in the field of art glass, which will be considered by our review panel: Dr. Jessamy Kelly and Sarah Rothwell (Collection Editors).

This second edition, is a follow on from the first edition Topical Collection: "Contemporary Glass Art: Materiality and Digital Technologies"

2022 is the International Year of Glass, a significant and vital moment for the art glass community to consider the impact glass has on the world and challenge the status quo, leading to change within our international community of practice. This Special Issue will offer a series of papers from a diverse community of researchers and practitioners who are advancing and challenging the boundaries of the field of art glass through their work and research. Through their contributions, a new perspective about the changing world of contemporary art glass will be presented.

Kindest regards,

Dr. Jessamy Kelly & Sarah Rothwell (Guest Editors)

This special issue has a rolling deadline, submission can be made up until the 23rd of April 2023.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Arts is an international peer-reviewed open access semi-monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • art glass
  • studio glass
  • socio-political commentary
  • new narratives
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • sustainability
  • equality, diversity, inclusivity (EDI)

Published Papers 

This special issue is now open for submission.