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About the project

The Glasshouse, housed in the former Royal Doulton glass-factory in the heart of Stourbridge's Glass Quarter, comprises: Glasshouse College, an FE College for young people with special learning needs that uses the local tradition of glassmaking at the heart of its therapeutic education programme; Ruskin Glass Centre, with workshops and a café; Glasshouse Arts Centre with its vibrant programme of artistic and cultural activities; Glasshouse Heritage Centre that tells the story of glassmaking in the area. Thanks to the National Lottery, the Glasshouse Project has restored the site to create this inspirational Centre.

The 22 businesses that have found a home at the Glasshouse also provide invaluable work experience for the students of Glasshouse College as they prepare to leave college and live more independent lives.

Marcus's story 

Marcus spent three years at Glasshouse College before joining Kevin Barry Crystal, a business located in the Ruskin Glass Centre, on a 'pathway to work' programme. Marcus worked with Kevin Barry for 16 hours per week. During this time, he also continued his functional skills work within the college setting. Whilst in the glass workshop, Marcus created a new glass design called 'Ice'. Kevin said: "This range is a best-seller and Marcus has created a design that is very popular with a new generation of customers." Marcus' mother reports that he thoroughly enjoys working with Kevin and, when he gets home, he can't wait to get back to work. As of May 2017, Marcus is still in paid employment with Kevin.

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