Glass graduate chosen to represent the UK at international Talente award
Glass artist and Plymouth College of Art BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts graduate Benjamin Lintell has been shortlisted for the Talente 2018 Munich Award.
Talente is an annual competition for new talent in the areas of design and technology. With a focus on work that shines through its formal and technical originality and technical perfection, and is ahead of its time.
Selected from over 600 applicants, Benjamin Lintell was chosen as one of 50 people from around the world shortlisted to exhibit at Talente. Benjamin is the only glassmaker that was selected from the UK, and is one of only 12 people chosen to represent the UK.
Discussing life after graduation, Benjamin said: “I’ve continued to sell my glasswork everywhere I can, exploring new avenues with galleries and businesses. And I’ve been volunteering in the glass workshops at the college, supporting the 3D Design Crafts undergraduate programme, which has extended my access to the amazing facilities here. This has allowed me to continue to experiment and develop new techniques, rather than creating work to deadline to justify paying for extra studio time.”
“I feel like a lot of glass graduates learn the hard way that their careers will stall if they don’t quickly find a route into glassmaking. If you stand still, you’re going to sink. So I’m always networking and looking for new markets. This summer I’ll be travelling out to North America, to collaborate with Josh and Marta Bernbaum, in Vermont, and Kelly Howard, in Oregon. Hopefully I’ll also return to Pilchuck Glass School, which I first attended last year.”
Benjamin graduated from Plymouth College of Art in 2017, but first became involved when he was nine years old, joining when the college became one of the founding partners of the Sorrell Foundation’s National Saturday Art & Design Club.
During the course of his degree, Benjamin sold glasswork through The National Trust, Glass!!, Brownston Gallery, and Tonic Gallery. He was also interviewed as part of the Freelands Foundation’s film ‘Thinking Making’, which premiered in London’s Saatchi Gallery at COLLECT, the Crafts Council’s International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects.
Talente is organised by the Munich and Upper Bavarian Chamber of Skilled Trades and jointly sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy and the Bavarian State Ministry for Economics and Media, Energy and Technology. It takes place every year as part of the Munich International Skilled Trades Fair.