"All my life I have been aware that I was surrounded by natural patterns. Often in the natural world, there is a kind of organic symmetry, which is not based on geometry and in many ways I try to emulate this looseness in much of the decorative and sculptural techniques I use. Having come from a scientific background, this process of freeing myself of convention is an integral part of my work."
Barbara comes from an artistic family, her mother is also a successful artist. Barbara has had a passion for art in all its forms since early childhood. She spent the first part of her adult life as a landscape painter & always liked to experiment with other forms of art to keep life interesting.
Barbara has always been drawn to bright colours &anything that lustres or sparkles so she found herself drawn to glass and in particular dichroic...
2000 Master of Arts (Visual Art), Curtin University, Western Australia
1999 Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts, Curtin University, Western...
I have been working with warm glass for the past two decades. Each glass plate is individually hand crafted. The process involves sandwiching layers of enamel between clear glass sheets which are then kiln fired, fused and slumped into bowls or plates. A characteristic of this technique is the small champagne bubbles that occur between the enamel layers.
My designs are influenced by the Australian environment which is a constant and ever changing...
After completing a BA in Applied Arts with First Class Honours at Monash University in 2000 Cahill has been awarded numerous grants and prizes including Australia Council for the Arts New Work grants in 2002 and 2007 and the Bullseye By Design Award in 2001. In 2006 she established Locus Studio, a mixed media and kiln-forming collective, Surry Hills, Sydney from where she now practices fulltime and in 2008 she was awarded an 8 week artist residency at Northlands Creative Glass in Scotland....
The paintings of Scott Chaseling’s artworks impart a narrative that present as a still frame from a complete account and yet also appear mystical and open-ended. This allows the viewer to bring his/her own history to complete the commentary focusing on the physical expressions of his characters. The protagonists in these narratives, either in stasis or in movement place themselves in frames of vacancy, similar to those souls in an Edward Hopper painting. With paintings open to...
Richard Clements was born in London, and was apprenticed as an industrial glass blower from 1966-1970. He established Argyle Glass in Sydney before moving to Tasmania in 1978. He is a glass artist of international renown. Technically brilliant, he creates pieces of all shapes and sizes with a flair for the ridiculous.
The limitless variation of shape and decoration within the form of a bottle remains a constant fascination, despite his interest in making larger goblets...
The concept behind my works is the abstract expression of intimate space and emotion within personal relationships. Each sculpture expresses a glipmse into a personal space, capturing an intimate moment, frozen in time.
It is my intent that the works evoke in the viewer memories of current or past relationships or dreams and hopes for their personal future. ...
Meg Caslake & David Pedler
Meg Caslake and David Pedler’s hot glass studio is nestled in the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Surrounded by cherry orchards, they have a beautiful environment in which to create these unique works of glass.
Having met at Adelaide’s renowned Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre, they quickly found that each had an appreciation for the design and production of quality hand-crafted art work.
Both innovative and passionate,...
Denizen Glass Design
Robert was born in Yarram, a rural town in Victoria in Australia’s south. He commenced his artistic career studying ceramics. Whilst studying for his final year he met visiting glass artist, Nick Mount, who had recently established...
Tasmanian born James Dodson completed a degree and began his professional life as an architectural draftsman drawing other peoples dream environments. He rarely ever saw or touched the finished product, and then during a trip to Europe discovered hot glass in London.
Molten glass has an undeniable seductive quality and for James, the inspiration is endless. He studied at the Orrefors Glass School in Sweden and worked in Greenwich, London before returning home to Tasmania,...
1961 Auckland, New Zealand
Education & Experience:
2013 Tutoring Lost-wax casting – Art Glass Studio, Perth, Australia x 2 workshops (July-August)
2013 Ranamok, Sydney, Australia (August)
2013 Visting Artist Talk, Davis Theatre, Whanganui Regional Museum Glass Olympics
2012 Galia Amsel Workshop, Wanganui Universal College of Learning, Wanganui Taranaki NZ
2012 Pâte de Verre...
Ben and Kathy Edols and Elliott
We work within the traditions of the Decorative Arts and are concerned with issues of craftmanship and skill. We make the objects we like to see in the world and are building a body of work that we hope will be coherent as it evolves over time.
We work with glass for many reasons. For Ben it is a strong attraction to the process of working in the Venetian style of glassblowing.For me I am inspired to work with glass by what is possible in terms of carving and decorating the forms and...
Mark Eliott – Australian Glass artist, draws on many sources for his inspiration including plants, animals, marine organisms and people. His primary medium is Flame-worked borosilicate glass. Since his early training with Peter Minson in Scientific and sculptural glass, Mark has undertaken workshops with Robert Mickelsen and glass artists such as James Minson and Roger Parramore for whom he was technical assistant.
Currently Mark is doing a research...
Brenden Scott French
2003 BA (Vis) Honours Canberra School of Art ANU
1998-1999 Associate of Design – Glass Studio: Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design
In our Artist Studio, nestled amongst the Stringybark forests of the Adelaide Hills, crystal glass derived from the purest ingredients is carefully smelted. The glass is refined over many hours in a special crucible placed within our purpose built furnace. The temperature and atmosphere of the furnace is carefully monitored and when the master glass blower (or Gaffer) has indicated that it is ready, work can commence.
Along with his skilled assistants, the...
Born in Norway to Scottish parents who are both skilled glass engravers, Eileen completed her training in England, then emigrated to Australia in 1980. After many years developing her skills and working in glass studios around Australia and overseas, Eileen Gordon established the Gordon Studio Glassblowers with her partner Grant Donaldson in 1990 and has gone on to become one of Australia's foremost glassblowers. Eileen's elegant vessels are a radiant record of the colour and...
After completing a four year course of study at Edinburgh College of Art and
I grew up in Kenya and have always been interested in drawing wildlife of every sort. My glass pieces are engraved through...
Kevin was born in Bergen, Norway in 1968, then moved to Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland in 1972 where he lived until 1980 when he and his family moved to Perth, Australia. After completing high school in Fremantle in 1985 he worked with Kim Pierrer, Artist Sculptor, for a year learning casting, electroplating and forming techniques. In 1987 Kevin went to Tasmania where he worked as a Jackaroo for five months, then a Winter person at Mt Buffalo Ski Resort in Victoria before returning...
Glass Landscapes: An exploration of nature and glass.
Human interaction with nature has always been a strong theme in my work. I grew up in Perth, Australia a city of extreme isolation where nature is a beautiful, yet harsh reality. The dividing line between the urban and natural landscapes was small and constantly changing. I gained an early respect for and fascination with nature by watching this interaction through windows, which created a transparent division...
My glass sculptures are inspired by the forms and patterns created by the natural forces of growth, decay, erosion, tide and wind of my environment, the Tasmanian landscape.
The artificial processes of making glass pieces in my studio highlights the distinction that exists between the physical transformation of glass, which I can control when changing the glass from one state to another, with the changes that naturally occur...
In 2002, after 11 years at Strahan on Tasmania’s west coast, I moved back to Hobart with my family. This was an opportunity for me to follow my passion for glass.
My affair with glass began in 2007-08, when I attended several Adult Education classes. My next step was to complete Studio Glass Studies at the University of Tasmania.
Antarctic Glass was my first glass design series. They were inspired by my husband Paul's photos of fascinating shapes of Antarctic sea-ice....
Brian Hirst is a renowned Australian Glass Artist. Born in Gippsland, Victoria, he attained a Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts) at Monash University. In the early 1980s Brian tutored at the Sydney College of the Arts, and during 1987-88 was a Senior Lecturer at the Canberra School of Art.
He has travelled and exhibited extensively throughout Japan, USA and Europe, and has had many solo exhibitions including Gallery B Baden in Germany, Barry Friedman Gallery in...
I often think about people’s perception of glass. The medium presents a degree of danger while it seduces and invites at the same time. Glass is a material which absorbs, transmits and reflects light like no other. Glass begins its life as a liquid.
With this thought in mind, my recent body of work captures this essence and concentrates on fluid...
I was born in Paris, France and settled in Qld after many years of travels.
I have now been running my hot glass studio at home, in Maleny, for over 20 years.
Being a self taught artist enjoying experimentation, I like mixing different glass casting techniques with other mediums like bronze, gilded wood or ceramics. This has allowed me to develop a range of multi media sculptures such as the “Dreamers”, “Guardians” and “Journey”...
Dr. Gerry King
Gerry King is a renowned artist and designer specialising in contemporary glass. His work is exhibited, collected and published internationally and held in some twenty public museum collections worldwide. Orientated towards exhibiting, he is also sought for design commissions and architectural projects. Originally trained as a glassblower he now works with a wide variety of techniques.
One of the first Australians in the field, King commenced working with glass while undertaking...
Laurel Kohut has been working with glass for since 1999. Having completed her Honours degree (Applied Arts – Glass) at Monash University, she received a 2 year placement to work as a Design Associate at the glass studio in Jamfactory, South Australia.
An accomplished artist and technical glass blower, she has exhibited throughout Australia as well as internationally. Her work has also been short-listed for prestigious glass art awards, the Ranamok Glass Prize and...
The essential self and its multiple facets of representation are my foci of observation; how people present themselves; what they display willingly or unconsciously, and what they withhold. I explore concepts of personal paradox, equilibrium, flux and containment within my work and am fascinated and constantly inspired by the dynamic balance of extremes.
Amanda has been working with glass since completing her degree, majoring in Hot Glass in 1983. Whilst her main focus is in decoration, Amanda continues to blow and form her own glass. She hires the Hot Glass studio for a few weeks a year, then spends the other months decorating the glass. She has been a sessional lecturer at the Fine Art Department, Monash University, Caulfield Campus.
Forming her own glass allows her to make pieces to a preconceived colour and...
Elizabeth was born in Western Australia and moved to Sydney in 1979 to study Visual Arts at the Sydney College of the Arts, graduating in 1982.
In 1990, when she returned to her childhood home of Fremantle, Elizabeth turned her full focus to glass. Since then she has been creating and developing her own designs in her chosen medium of art glass. Much of her signature kiln-formed work has been inspired by visits to the Pilbara and Kimberly regions of...
Ruth Mc Callum-Howell
My current body of research production has been exploring notions of the aesthetic links within chaos and perception, and the boundaries of chaotic systems, particularly within the methodology of the glass-casting medium.
Chaos is all around us, in the shape of a mountain range, the movement of fluids or the windings of a riverbed. The implied unpredictability of these things in spite of their complete determination by the given rules is reflected from the microcosm to...
The dialogue within my artwork utilizes the base components found throughout the Universe; energy, oxygen, silica and all the elements which make our planet both organic and inorganic.
The commonalities in the fabric of glass and glassmaking allow me to link outer space with my glass practice. The irony is I use an archaic human technology to discuss concepts of the origins of life, the future and our place within the...
Nick Mount is one of Australia’s pre-eminent glass artists. In a career spanning three decades his work has combined virtuoso technique with a keen instinct for design, freely adapting traditional Venetian decorative styles to his own distinctive sculptural approach. He is recognised for his commissions, teaching, and exhibitions in Australia, Europe, South America, the United States and Japan and his work is represented in many major public and private collections.
To me glass is the perfect medium for pictures. It works as a window that can frame a clear view or play with your eyes, and if you make a sculpture, you can look at it, into it and through it. In my design I often get my inspiration from a happening or a feeling in relation to nature.
Since I moved to Australia I have concentrated on engraved glass. That´s how I first started and i guess I will always return to it. I can be quite...
Ruth Oliphant graduated with honours from the Australian National University’s glass workshop Canberra in 2008. Upon graduating she was awarded the Australian Decorative and Fine Art Society Award, the Embassy of Spain Award and the Canberra Glassworks Residency Award. She has gained recognition as an emerging artist and has exhibited both nationally and internationally with Kirra Galleries in Melbourne and at SOFA Chicago for the past three years. She is...
Drawing, designing and making things has been a source of enjoyment for me from a very early age. It is for me a very comfortable and direct way of expressing ideas, relating to others, and connecting with the environment.
Like most Australians, including those who have come from distant lands and made Australia home, I am drawn to the warm, earthy colours and textures of the unique, varied and extremely beautiful Australian...
Originally from the north east coast of Australia, Peter Reynolds first trained as a glass blower with Kent Le Grande in 1991, later spending three and half years under the tuition and mentorship of master glass artist, Alan Fox.
From this time Peter has travelled across Australia and overseas to countries including the UK, France and Italy pursuing his passion for the art.
Working for a long time at something can/will make one good or lazy.
In the creative world Lazy is not an option
there is a spring within,
if you stop
the water will stagnate, dry up.
let this happen!
then it will take an extraordinary effort to restart the flow.
I find the constant work easier than the big actions.
The desire to do, is overwhelming,...
Tom Rowney has been working in glass for over twenty years and during this time the traditional Venetian techniques have been his constant source of inspiration. He has perfected his skills and is renowned as one of the most accomplished glass blowers in Australia.
Venetian style glass blowing has always fascinated Tom the most. The combination of precision and accuracy used to create a precise piece of glass is something he constantly aims for in his work. He enjoys handling the...
Elementally this body of work is derivative of singular cellular forms and their varying structures. Basic components, amass to become multifarious formations. The intrinsic complexity of growth and natural forms is a vast field from which I draw inspiration. Shifting technologies and expanding scientific understanding within both microscopic and macroscopic imaging, expose beautiful and at times random interconnectivity. It is these broad themes of connectivity and networks which permeate...
Tim’s work is bold and vibrant in colour and form and daring in its execution. Each piece is masterfully blown and magnificently carved.
The very nature of this dangerous and exhilarating creative process is what makes Tim’s pieces truly unique. These tactile objects exemplify Tim’s passion for this most elusive of art forms – glass!
Tim continually challenges the traditional concept of the vessel and his cutting edge art transports the viewer into...
I am an artist who has worked with fused and slumped glass for many years. I appreciate the luminous quality of glass and the clear and strikingly colourful glasses which I use. These colours interact with each other and contribute fine linear design to the final piece.
I am very influenced by the colours and aesthetics of the natural environment and need to express something...
Crystal Stubbs is an Australian born glass artist based in country Victoria. She produces hot solid formed glass sculpture’s that are figuratively based. Her latest series of work, Character Series, incorporates cast crystal elements. It explores the relationship between the human form and architectural elements.
Crystal graduated from Monash University with an Honors degree in 2001 and worked for many different glass blowing studios in the proceeding four year’s. In...
Yusuke’s innovative methods are a daring fusion of traditional...
Ron Van Der Vlugt
Born in Rotorua New Zealand, the heart of the volcanic plateau and having spent most of my life here, the area was very familiar and taken somewhat for granted. As I got older however, I came to appreciate the extraordinary environment and could see the fascination the area held for people from all over the world.
As my glass blowing technique developed, I wanted to capture the physical aspects of colour and design of the geothermal landscape, and express something of...
I am blessed to live and work in an exceptionally beautiful area of Sydney and my work is accordingly inspired by the surrounding landscape, especially since I established my studio on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 1995, only hundred metres from the Pacific Ocean.
The technique of ‘multiple layers fusing’, gradually developed during the past 12 years, enables me to create and to gain control over three-dimensional images inside large transparent glass...
Hot Glass has consumed my life since the very first gathers from the furnace in the art department at Charles Sturt University. I found a form of artistic expression that became the ultimate challenge creatively and physically.
I love the way glass captures light and can hold an image three dimensionally within itself for thousands of years. So permanent yet fragile and precious.
Knowing that a design in glass may be around for generations...
Bethany Wheeler is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia who specialises in kiln formed glass. She obtained a Master of Fine Art degree from Monash University in 2003 and has been exhibiting her work both nationally and internationally for the past 15 years. Bethany’s work can be found in private and public collections including the National Glass Art Collection of Australia. In 2013 she established 1000 Degrees Glass Studios, a communal kiln forming and cold...
My work is concerned with personal narratives and views which are expressed using a three-dimensional canvas to depict altered views or altered landscapes. The paintings reflect my abstract notion of reality as imagery.
The imagery has been concerned with the narrative and most recently with the juxtaposition of nature and man’s imposition on nature. I use natural and aerial views and the linear aspects of the land together with those impacted by man. Imaginary views are linked...
My work is hot-worked solid glass, influenced by both classical and primitive traditions of sculpture.
I am interested in the body as the external expression of an internal existence.
Zoe Woods is an Adelaide based glass artist who explores the human connection to nature through abstracted organic pattern. Through heavy studio based experimentation she investigates the optical qualities of glass, with its ability to bend light, to stretch, magnify or reflect an abstracted image, and the feeling of wonder that can be enticed. Her work has been informed by historical scientific illustrations, contemporary glass exploring microscopic form, 'Op art', and the potential...
My work portrays contrasting impulses within. I love the challenge of technical precision but I need to be able to play and explore. I enjoy making beautiful objects but I am not afraid to create pieces that evoke emotions more complex than just aesthetic appreciation. In some ways I’m an anarchist, I’m not happy when things are just comfortable. I am restless, always looking for an angle and this is reflected in a body of work that is quite diverse....
Laurie Young has been working with glass for many years, transitioning from flat (stained) glass work, to fusing to casting to the torch. After graduating with Honours from Monash University Glass department she and Chris formed Nudibranch Art Glass. Working both collaboratively and individually, they produce a range of work from small items such as jewelry and perfume bottles to large scale sculpture.
Together they have been finalists in the Ranamok Australasian Prize for...
Raised in Waihi Beach, New Zealand, and now living in Sydney, Australia, Ben Young is a self-taught artist who has been making glass sculpture for over 10 years and has exhibited alongside well-known glass artists in New Zealand.
Having spent most of his life living in the beautiful Bay of Plenty (North Island, NZ)...