Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento

PhD, University of Sunderland
Senior Lecturer, School of Art and Design
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Visual Arts And Crafts 1905
  • Crafts 190501

Research interests

Encapsulating narratives of ethnicity in glass artworks is the focus of my creative practice-based research. Combining concepts with process, my approach blends responses to ethnic contexts with techniques for embedding the graphic image in glass. Using cultural contexts as specific sites, collaboration with cultural communities and museum collections inform artworks that are metaphorical and literal lenses through which to view culture. Techniques of glass printing, waterjet cutting and kilnforming are combined in unique ways to create glass artworks.


Jeffrey Sarmiento was recently appointed Senior Lecturer in the School of Art and Design at the Australian National University. Previously he served as Associate Professor in Glass at the University of Sunderland, where he completed a PhD in 2011. Educated at Rhode Island School of Design, he has been a Fulbright Fellow in Denmark and artist in residence at UrbanGlass in New York, S12 in Bergen, Norway, and Pilchuck Glass School. A pioneer of print techniques for kiln glass, he has taught workshops in China, Australia, New Zealand, Estonia, Latvia, Switzerland, Ireland, the UK and the USA. He has recently been a guest critic at UMPRUM Academy in Prague, Czech Republic, a Jury member for Young Glass at Ebeltoft Glasmuseum, and a co-curator for European Glass Context.

Known for his creative practice exploring cultural identity and the graphic image in glass, Sarmiento embeds layers of information in his intricately constructed objects, sculptures and public commissions. The cutting and pasting of printed glass involves kiln formed lenticular imagery and a graphic ‘swim’ within the transparent medium. He won the International Glass Prize 2012 at Glazenhuis, Belgium, and his 2013 solo exhibition at National Glass Centre in Sunderland toured to the USA. His collaborative work was included in Glasstress Gotika at the 56th Venice Biennale. He is represented by Bulleye Projects, USA.


Researcher's projects


Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2019) Graphic Swim: 2D and 3D printing in glass Casting. MDPI Arts, 8 (29). ISSN 2076-0752

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2019) Freedom of Assembly. Glass Quarterly (154). pp. 26-33. ISSN 1064-900X

Panneels, Inge and Sarmiento, Jeffrey Ethno/Graphic Glass; The Liverpool Map. The International Journal of the Arts in Society. ISSN 1833-1866 (Submitted)

Book Section

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2018) Interior Vistas and Crafted Subversions. In: Under an Equal Sky. Baldwin and Guggisberg, Canterbury, UK, pp. 19-37. ISBN 978-1-9164385-0-7

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2017) Tension, Technology, Tradition, Transcendence: Perspectives on Young Glass. In: Young Glass. Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, pp. 30-35. ISBN 978-87-91179-29-7

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2016) European Glass Context (exhibition). In: European Glass Context 2016. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. ISBN 978-87-7830-397-4

Livingstone, AndrewPetrie, KevinSarmiento, Jeffrey and Watkinson, Cate (2015) ‘Real World Student Experience at Masters level in Art and Design: Case Studies from Glass and Ceramics’. In: Masters Level Teaching, Learning and Assessment: Issues in Design and Delivery. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137399366


Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2011) Ode on a Maori Paddle: Ethno/Graphic Glass Art Practice. Discussion Paper. Museum Ethnographers Group.

Conference or Workshop Item

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2019) Co Lab Workshop: Print Mashup. In: Co Lab Workshop: Print Mash Up, 19-22 February 2019, Whanganui, New Zealand.

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2018) Glassworks Symposium. In: Glassworks Symposium, 9 November 2018, Bristol. (Unpublished)

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2018) Cut and Paste: Just Glass Seminar. In: Cut and Paste Just Glass Seminar, 20 October 2018, London, UK. (Unpublished)

Sarmiento, JeffreyPanneels, IngeCook, Jane and Cutler, Vanessa (2018) The Glass Path and the Visual Culture of Glass: What Does All This Glass “Do” in the World, Anyway? In: The Glass Path, 47th Annual Conference, May 16-19, 2018, Murano, Italy.

Sarmiento, Jeffrey and Marshall, J (2017) ‘Crafting Conductive Circuits and Capacitive Surfaces in Glass’. Making Futures Vol. 5., Plymouth: Plymouth College of Art. ISSN 2042-1664. In: Making Futures international research conference, 21-22 Sep 2017, Mount Edgcumbe House, Plymouth, UK.

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2009) Thick with Images. In: BeCon 2009, Jun 2009, Portland State University campus, Bullseye Glass Factory, Bullseye Gallery, Bullseye Resource Center, and various local kiln-glass studios.


Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2011) Graphic Glass: Development of creative approaches to expressions of ethnicity. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.


Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2018) Figures. [Artefact]

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2018) Encyclopaedia (Warp). [Artefact]

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2016) Confluence (Public Artwork). [Artefact]

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2015) Tobacco Factory (Artwork). [Artefact]

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2015) Flitter (Artwork). [Artefact]

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2014) Muscles- shown in 'UK Glass' exhibition. [Artefact]

Panneels, Inge and Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2011) Liverpool Map (glass sculpture). [Artefact]

Panneels, Inge and Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2011) Liverpool Map glass work. [Artefact]

Sarmiento, Jeffrey and Dickson, Erin (2011) Emotional Leak (artwork). [Artefact]


Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2018) Rubber Factory, in Art of Glass Group Exhibition. [Show/Exhibition]

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2013) Constructions Solo exhibition. [Show/Exhibition]

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2012) Books and Buildings Solo Exhibition. [Show/Exhibition]

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2012) International glass prize 2012. [Show/Exhibition]

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2011) Dual Nature: Contemporary Glass and Jewelry. [Show/Exhibition]

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2011) Invisible Cities Group Exhibition. [Show/Exhibition]

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2009) Ossify (Sunderland Museum Commission). [Show/Exhibition]

Sarmiento, Jeffrey (2008) Translations Solo Exhibition. [Show/Exhibition]

Past student projects

Tina Webb (2020) Meagre Printing in Kiln Formed Glass, MPhil University of Sunderland

Helen Pailing, (2019) Recrafting Waste Using A Stitch-Based Methodology: A Collaboration Between Makers And Matter, PhD University of Sunderland

Angela Thwaites (2018) Towards Making the Unmakeable: How 3D Printing Can Inform Kiln Formed Glass Practice in the 21st Century, PhD University of Sunderland

Mark Hursty (2016) Pressed Glass for Studio Practice: Reinventing Moulds and Methods for Molten Glass, PhD University of Sunderland

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