Two University of Wolverhampton graduates are putting the art of glass in the frame at a studio designed to spark an interest in photography.

Photographer Simon Bruntnell, who graduated from the University of Wolverhampton School of Art with a degree in Visual communications (Photography) in 1993, is working in collaboration with the SPARK Business Incubation Centre, based at the University’s Science Park in Wolverhampton, to promote the SPARK Photo Studio.

The SPARK Business Incubation Hub was opened in 2004 with European Regional Development Funds and Wolverhampton Science Park Limited funding to provide office space and support for start-up companies in the Creative Industries Sectors within the Wolverhampton and West Midlands area.  The aim being to raise the technology profile of the area with an increased focus on engineering, creative media and ICT.

Simon will be hiring and working from the SPARK Photo Studio as a client but will also be looking after the equipment and offering advice to tenant companies at the Science Park.

Simon’s first client in the SPARK Photo Studio was Elliot Walker, also a former University of Wolverhampton alumni who graduated with a Master’s degree in Applied Arts in 2012 and is now an international name in glass.

Elliot, 33, who was born in Wolverhampton, claimed the top prize in the second series of Blown Away, a global glassblowing reality show which was live-streamed on Netflix in February 2021. On the show, master glassblowers from around the world competed against each other in grueling weekly challenges, offering viewers a peek into the unusual craft.

Elliot studied glass making in Stourbridge and worked with the grandmaster of glass, Peter Layton, for 8 years as part of the London glassblowing studio team. This was alongside some of the UK’s most skilled glass artists. The Black Country, and the Stourbridge Glass Quarter has been home to glassmaking for over 400 years and is part of the Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark.

To book the SPARK Photo Studio please visit the SPARK website.