Chris Arnold

Chris Arnold

"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."

Born in Germany, Christian's journey in flameworking began at a young age. Always surrounded by glass, he was taught by his father, a master scientific glassblower, the intricacies of this very technical form of glassworking. He also has a background in painting and various 3D arts and crafts construction techniques taught by his mother. After several years of apprenticeship as a scientific glass instrument maker, his creative side demanded a divergence from this discipline into the expressive realm of art glass. It was only after entering tertiary studies (MA), that he came in contact with other glassworkers, expanding his repertoire into kiln techniques as well as furnace work. After 18 years of being a glassmaker Christian is now well established and known as one of Australia's premier flameworking artists. Christian is passionate about promoting and helping to develop the flameworking movement within Australia and internationally, he welcomes the opportunity to demonstrate to the public, and educate the viewers in this technique of working with glass.

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