Read on to discover more about each of our wonderfully talented teachers.
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.
Mark Eliott is a Sydney based artist and teacher who’s main technique is sculpting and blowing borosilicate glass in the flame. His love of glass has to do with the ancient attraction humans have for gemstones; they are hard and permanent, yet dynamic in the way they refract light. To work what is basically the same material – but as a delicious, liquid, malleable substance in the flame, and to see the history of this process recorded in a finished piece, is for Mark a kind of magic. His sculptures vary from the figurative to the abstract to the conceptual; on themes ranging from life-like representations of marine organisms to mythological figures and visual representations of music. His current projects include a collaboration with film-maker Jack McGrath to animate flame-worked glass. Mark also loves to teach and is often delighted by the improvisations produced by beginners on the flame.
Peter Nilsson graduated from the University of Växjö, Växjö, Sweden with a Master of Arts in Industrial Design (Glass) in 2000. He is a long time staff member of the National Glass School, Orrefors, Sweden, where he is a senior teacher in Cold Techniques, Drawing Techniques and Art. Nilsson teaches engraving regularly at the Canberra Glassworks.
Luna Ryan was born in the Netherlands and has lived in Australia since 1984. In 1987 she enrolled at the then Canberra School of Art, Glass workshop, headed by Klaus Moje. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in 1990, and received the Australian National University Award. Since graduating Ryan has run a full studio based art practice as well as conducting field trips overseas and around Australia. From 2001 until 2008 she was based at ANCA [Australian National Capital Artists], studios in Canberra. During this time she worked in collaboration with Tiwi Artist Jock Puautjimi, which resulted in a National travelling exhibition Mamana Mamanta( Gradual Friendship). She has exhibited widely in Australia having had 3 solo exhibitions and has been a regular attendee at major glass conferences in Australia and overseas. Over the last few years Ryan has been using recycled/found objects and recycled televisions screens in her art works. At present Ryan is working from and teaching at the Canberra Glass Works.
Bridget Thomas graduated from ANU and since then has been working in Canberra for different local artists primarily as a cold worker. She also works in her mothers studio up north on large architectural glass commissions. She has been teaching at the Canberra Glassworks for a couple of years, teaching kiln forming, casting, beads and cold-working classes for adults and kiln forming and casting classes for kids. Her own work has been centered around social issues, using all manner of techniques to suit the ideas. Bridget has focused in kiln forming and mould making, often using the human body and other animals as her models, while making a mixture of sculptural and installation pieces.
Melinda Willis graduated from South Australian School of Art, the University of South Australia in 2008. During this time she developed an interest in investigating the effect of reflection in glass in the urban landscape. Her work was selected for inclusion as a finalist for the international Bullseye E-Merge competition in 2008 and in 2009; her work entitled Within/Without was selected for the international peer reviewed journal, New Glass Review. After graduating from the South Australian School of Art she relocated to Canberra to undertake Honours at the Australian National University where she graduated with First Class Honours and was awarded the 2010 Canberra Glassworks Residency Award and the 2012 Thomas Foundation Artist in Residency Award.
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 currently serves on the Board of Directors for and is the President of the Glass Art Society (www.glassart.org).
Currently, Kirstie works full time from her Canberra based studio which she established in 1987 following her graduation from the Glass program at the Canberra School of Art. She has, over the past 25 years continued to develop her practice to become internationally recognised and respected for her works in glass.
She has taught in her field of kiln formed glass and cold working techniques across the world over the last 20 years. Kirstie’s work has been acquired for collections in Australia and overseas such as the National Gallery of Australia and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
In 2009 Kirstie received the Ausglass Honorary Life Membership Award.
Few artists have had such a broad and clear impact on the development of a medium as Klaus Moje has had on kilnformed glass. In 1983, Moje founded what would become Australia’s premier centre for talent in glass art: the Glass Workshop at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University. Since then, Moje has received the Rakow Commission from the Corning Museum of Glass, along with Lifetime Achievement Awards from UrbanGlass and the Glass Art Society. His work is represented in dozens of public collections in Europe, Australia, Japan and the United States. Moje’s art has been the subject of major museum retrospectives that have toured Germany, Australia and the United States in 1995, 2008 and 2009.
In 2006, Klaus was awarded the prestigious Officer of the Order of Australia