Canberra Glassworks is a fully functioning and very busy centre for art creation. Many artists utilise our facilities to create their exhibition pieces, their production work or just to use for experimentation and development of ideas.
Canberra Glassworks provides studio space for artists. Our current studio tenants include:
Recent Thomas Foundation Artist in Residence at Canberra Glassworks and winner of the 2011 Ranamok Prize, Masahiro Asaka will present his first solo exhibition at Canberra Glassworks from January 18 to March 15 titled Transition – A Captured Moment. Masahiro is inspired by nature and the tensions people create with the natural environment. He uses the raw qualities of glass to express fragility, strength, illumination and power as a metaphor for humanity’s relationship with the natural world.
Ruth Oliphant is a Glass Artist based in Canberra, Australia. She is currently working out of a studio at the Canberra Glassworks. She is trying to recreate an essential aspect of the modern city based on her experiences and memories. She is exploring the use of layers, bringing them together to create more complex landscapes. Through this method she aims to recreate the layered atmospheres of the city environment.
Colorado native, Brian received his degree from Hastings College, majoring in Studio Arts with an Emphasis in Glass. Brian has worked, studied and taught throughout the US and abroad. During this time, he spent three pivotal years working and teaching at the Corning Museum of Glass.
He moved to Australia in 2005 to pursue his Masters degree from the Australian National University in Canberra. Since completing his Masters in 2007, Brian has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in the Modern Masters exhibition in Munich. In 2008, the National Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga, hosted an exhibition of his work.
His work has been included in numerous public and private collections throughout the world, including the National Gallery of Australia. Brian was also awarded the prestigious Tom Malone Prize by the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2012.
Nikki is a local Canberra artist who makes blown and kilnformed sculptural forms that reference water in the landscape. Nikki’s River Rocks and Teardrops pay homage to our rivers and an understanding of the significance of natural flow rhythms in river ecology. Nikki graduated from the ANU in 2008 with an Honours degree in Visual Arts (Glass major.) In 2009 she exhibited widely and was a finalist in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize receiving a Highly Commended in the Sculpture section. She was the 2008 recipient of the Emerging Artist Support Scheme Glassworks Residency. And in 2010 Nikki’s sculpture, Flood Stones, won the major prize in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. She currently has a studio at the Canberra Glassworks.
Melinda Willis began working with glass as a student at the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia in 2006. During this time she developed an ardent interest in investigating the way glass behaves in the urban landscape. Melinda’s work has been selected for several national and International awards, including the Bullseye E-Merge competition in 2008 and in 2009; her graduate work entitled Within/Without was selected for inclusion in the international peer reviewed journal, New Glass Review. In 2010 Melinda relocated to Canberra, where she graduated with First Class Honours from the Australian National University’s School of Art Glass Workshop. Melinda is currently working towards several exhibitions in 2012, as well as developing her emerging art practice from the Canberra Glassworks and Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA) studios.
Matthew Day Perez Received his BFA from Illinois State University and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He works primarily with glass, printed matter, digital media, and installation. Most recently he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to undertake research at the Australian National University. During this period he will generate a body of work that will be shown in 2012. He lives and works in Canberra ACT Australia.
Jenni Kemarre Martiniello is a prolific artist and writer whose forays into the medium of glass have been highly successful. A graduate of the Australian National University School of Art, Martiniello was introduced to glass as a medium for her artwork during a group residency at the Canberra Glassworks in 2008. IndigiGlass08: Postcards from the Referendum was created to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Aboriginal Referendum and involved 4 artists who had been working together as part of the Indigenous Textile Artists Group (ITAG). Canberra Glassworks and associated artists taught them new techniques for their art with highly successful results. Martiniello was a finalist in the 2011 Ranamok Glass Prize with her Eel Traps and her works are now in some significant public and private collections.
Tim Edwards majored in ceramics at Deakin University, Victoria, before completing a Graduate Diploma in ceramics at the University of Tasmania in 1991. The following year, he was associate designer in ceramics and then glass at the Jam Factory in Adelaide. Tim has also spent time in the USA as visiting scholar at Ohio State University and teaching assistant at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle. He has exhibited in various exhibitions in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Seattle, Chicago, Taiwan and Venice and his work is represented in the National Art Glass Collection at Wagga Wagga and the Corning Museum of Glass in the USA, for which Tim was selected as recipient of the prestigious Rakow Commission in 2006.
“My work is a reflection on nature and life cycles, a consideration of mortality. It provides a chance to pause and really look, to appreciate the objects that surround us in the natural world. I hope to provide an opportunity for one to realise that life is beautiful, fragile and precious. I examine methods of collection and preservation of natural objects in fused and hot sculpted glass. This allows me to work with dualities of growth/decay and life/death to convey the beauty in the fleetingness of life.”
Artists who hire
We have artists who regularly use the center by hiring our equipment who are not necessarily Artists in Residence or have studio space. Some artists travel long distances to take advantage of the facilities at the Canberra Glassworks. Featured this month are:
Trish Roan grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and moved to Canberra to study glass at the ANU School of Art, finishing with Honours in 2006. Since then she has been working as a glassblowing assistant for several artists, as well as working in her own studio as part of the artist-run facility ANCA (Australian National Capital Artists). She has exhibited her work in various locations in Australia, as well as further afield as part of group exhibitions in Denmark and Canada. Trish recently undertook residencies at the Tree Museum, Ontario, and the Alberta College of Art and Design, both in Canada. Her practice lies somewhere in the margins of crude science and everyday miracles. For now, she lives and works in Canberra.
Annette Blair studied glass at the ANU School of Art, Canberra and received her Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours in 2004. In 2005, she began a two-year traineeship in the hot glass studio at the Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide. After completion, she became a Jam Factory studio tenant. Annette divides her glass practice between the design and construction of several glass production lines, as well as spending time working on her exhibition work for various national and international glass exhibitions. In 2008 Annette returned to Canberra to make work at the Canberra Glassworks. Annette currently has a studio in Queanbeyan, NSW and now works for herself as an exhibiting artist and production glassblower. Her exhibition pieces are an exploration into the combination of portraiture and glass, focusing on ideas of identity and personal narrative. Using hand blown or found glass as a canvas she expresses notions of character through portraiture enamel painting.
Drawing from the natural landscape and an interest in early interpretations of nature on to mass-produced objects, Holly Grace’s glass work is both distinctive and captivating. By blending techniques of glass blowing, sandblasting, engraving and glue-chipping, Grace explores transparency, opacity and texture in her work. Her organic forms, particularly inspired by European and Scandinavian landscapes, are complimented by earthy hues, which range from delicate transparencies to bold opaques. Holly Grace completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Curtin University in Perth in 1996. She then completed her Master of Fine Art at Monash University in 2004. Throughout this period, Grace complimented her study with mentorship programs and as studio assistant to prominent glass artists in Australia, Denmark, Sweden and the UK. Holly Grace has exhibited both internationally and nationally. Her work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Edith Cowen University, and the City of Waneroo Art Collection and in the Australian National Glass Collection.
From the Netherlands, Luna Ryan a graduate of the Australian National University, School of Art – Glass has exhibited widely in Australia. Ryan has had three solo exhibitions and been a regular attendee at major glass conferences in Australia and overseas. Ryan has run a full studio based art practice as well as conducting field trips overseas and around Australia. During 2001-2007 she was based at the Australian National Capital Artists studios in Canberra. Since 2007 she has held various residencies at the Canberra Glassworks.
Belinda Toll graduated with First Class Honours in Glass from the Australian National University in 2009. After graduating, she took up a residency at the Canberra Glassworks as a recipient of an Emerging Artist Support Scheme award. An exciting up-and-coming artist, Toll has exhibited at several galleries including Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS).
Toll was the inaugural winner of the 2010 National Student Art Glass Prize for her work Time Contained, an exploration of the notion of memory. In addition to her work being acquired by the National Art Glass Collection, Toll was awarded a trip to attend two master classes at North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland, internationally recognised as the leading institute for the practice and development of art glass in Europe.
Lisa Cahill is a glass artist working across a variety of scale and technique. Developing a distinctive style since completing a BA/Ceramic Design at Monash University with First Class Honours in 2000, Lisa’s work ranges from kiln-formed and wheel-carved wall panels to her series of jewellery and plates. Lisa has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and has been awarded numerous grants and prizes including an Australia Council for the Arts new work grant in 2002 and the Bullseye By Design Award in 2001. Lisa established Locus Studio, a mixed media and kiln-forming glass collective, Surry Hills, Sydney from where she now practices fulltime. Represented by Sabbia Gallery in Sydney, Kirra Galleries in Melbourne and numerous Galleries in the USA and Hong, Lisa’s work can be found in The National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW and The Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark.
Born in Canberra, Erin Conron is an emerging artist working with glass. Her blown vessels are made using a painted “grail” technique which she developed while completing Honours in glass at the ANU in 2008. The technique involves many stages where the glass is molten, cooled, painted and engraved, resulting in layers of linear pattern building from within the glass. She is interested in the personal memories and experiences that build up through out a life, defining character and identity.
Her work explores relationships between the dualities of interior and exterior, seeking balance between pattern and form, to create work that invites contemplation and reflection.
Hilary earned a Bachelor of Design (Ceramics and Glass) from the University of South Australia in Adelaide and, prior to that, a Glass Major from the Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Canada. In 2001, she graduated with first class Honours from the ANU School of Art Glass Workshop in Canberra. Hilary has exhibited through out Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and Europe.
Hilary’s work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, the Canberra Museum and Gallery, and University of Canberra Art Collection. It is also held in private collections across Australia, USA, Europe and Asia.
Brenden Scott French has studied both nationally; at the Sydney College of the Arts, Adelaide’s Jam Factory and the Canberra School of Art’s glass workshop and internationally; as a resident artist at Scotland’s Northlands Creative Glass, after winning the 2007 Stephen Proctor Fellowship Award and as a recipient of the Lino Tagliapietra International scholarship for study at Seattle’s Pilchuck Glass School. French has exhibited both his sculptural and wall based works across Australia, including a solo exhibition at the Canberra Glassworks in 2007 and as a finalist in numerous Ranamok Glass Prize exhibitions.
Jeremy is currently a studio artist and candidate for a PhD in Sculpture at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. He creates works that use imagery and objects inspired by his everyday surroundings to create work that explores the complex in the common and to comment on the condition of the spaces that we all share. In 2001, he co-founded Studio Ramp LLC with his wife and partner Mel George. Studio Ramp LLC is a custom kiln forming fabrication studio that translates artists and architects designs into glass from concept to completion. Jeremy has taught kilnforming workshops in the U.S. and internationally. He has worked at the Bullseye Glass factory in both their glass production and Research and Education departments. Jeremy received his BFA in glass and metals from Alfred University in 1997. He also recently completed serving 7.5 years on the Board of Directors for the Glass Art Society.
Scott Chaseling is an internationally renowned Australian glass artist. He has exhibited widely within Australia and overseas, including the European Museum of Contemporary Glass in Germany and the Musee de Verre in France. For seven years, Scott was based in Europe, working in the UK and Berlin. His work is represented in many international and Australian collections.