Ruth Oliphant

Ruth Oliphant


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 currently working out of a studio at The Canberra Glassworks.


Ruth originally studied architecture. These links can be seen in her work as a glass artist where she is seen to  recreate an essential aspect of the modern city based on her experiences and memories. Her current body of work in Kirra Galleries relates to spaces that once held important moments in her life but now exist in memories. The works have changed from external experiences to internal spaces. She has used windows as a metaphor through which to look into these spaces and into the past.


Her pieces are  constructed by layering fused painted and carved glass blocks, some of which are transparent and others opaque. In combination the imagery appears three dimensional and draws the viewer into the mind and memories of the creator.


Born:                 Canberra, ACT, Australia




2008                  Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) Glass Major

2003                  Apprentice in Traditional Stained Glass Restoration

                        Geoffrey Wallace Stained Glass, Melbourne, Vic

2003                  Certificate 3 in Furnishing (Leadlighting and Stained Glass) Homesglen TAFE Melbourne VIC


Solo Exhibitions:


2012                  Looking Out – Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT, Australia

2009                  Ruth Oliphant – Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT


Selected Group Exhibitions:


2013                  Perspectives: Interior-Exterior, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

10 Squared: Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, Australia

The Kitchen Table: M16 Gallery, Griffith,Canberra, Australia

2012                  SOFA Chicago 2012 – Represented by Kirra Galleries, Chicago, USA – November 2012

                        Director’s Choice – Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, Australia – October 2012

                        Small Works, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

                        Story Telling – Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, Australia – February 2012

                        Eat, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, Australia – April 2012

2011                  SOFA Chicago 2011- Represented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

Reflections, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

Drink: Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, Australia

                        inform: Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregan, USA

2010                  SOFA Chicago 2010 – Represented by Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

Gather – Winners of the Ausglass and NAS Sabbia Awards Exhibition, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney

2009                  Maestro’s: Australian Studio Glass & Ceramics, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney

                        Ausglass Exhibition – Tasmania

2008                  Layer: Reflections on Place, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, ACT

                        Ranamok Glass Prize – Finalist

                        E-merge – Finalist, Portland, Oregon, USA

                        Ausglass Exhibition, Canberra, ANU School of Art Graduation Show

2007                  Ranamok Glass Prize, Finalist

2006                  Flare Student Exhibition, Kamberra Winery

2005                  Curators Pick Exhibition, Kamberra Winery




2009                  Vicki Torr Memorial Prize, Ausglass members juried prize – Hobart Ausglass Conference

                        Sabbia Gallery Exhibition Prize – Hobart Ausglass Conference

2008                  Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Award, ANU Graduation Award

                        Embassy of Spain Award, ANU Graduation Award

                        Ranamok People’s Choice Award (Canberra)

                        Beaver Gallery Exhibition Prize, Canberra Ausglass Conference

2007                  Canberra Glassworks Residency Award, ANU Graduation

2006                  Glass Arts Society Student Prize (highly commended) – GAS Conference Adelaide

                        ANU Part Scholarship to Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, USA – awarded by ANU Glass Department

Publications and Other Experiences:


2013                  10 Squared Exhibition Catalogue

2010                  Craft Arts International, Issue 78, 2010: “Ruth Oliphant, Journey from Student to Artist” pp. 44-48

                        ca enews – a Craft Australia publication, issue #50, April 2010, “Focus on Studio Glass”

2009                  Emerging Artist Talk, Ausglass Conference, Tasmania

2008                  Co-ordinator of ‘Open Slather’ Ausglass Members Exhibition

                        Ranamok Glass Prize exhibition catalogue

                        Emerge Glass Prize exhibition catalogue

2007                  Ranamok Glass Prize exhibition catalogue

2006                  Teaching Assistant for Claudia Borella, Bullseye fusing class, Toyama Institute of Glass Art, Toyama, Japan

                        Teaching Assistant for Claudia Borella, Summer School Glass Department, ANU, Canberra, ACT

2005                  Assistant for Kirstie Rea, Board Member, Glass Art Society Conference, Adelaide, SA

                        Installation of student competition, Exhibition G.A.S. conference, Adelaide

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