“The sea, once it has cast its spell holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
The sea has fascinated artists for centuries.
For me personally it is my place of dreaming and imagining.
As a young girl I grew up by the sea in Cape Town and wherever I have lived, I have always found comfort being near the ocean.
As I grow older, I feel a deep sense of curiosity towards my attraction to the sea.
How is the ocean, a place of immersurable dread and fury, the same place I long for to bring me peace?
My work invites you to move closer to the places that fill us with fear yet bathes us with joy.
To look up from below.
To stand held in the calmness when all senses are silenced.
To be still.
Shirley Hersch is an emerging glass artist based in Sydney, Australia. In 2006 she studied at the School of Colour and Design, which provided her with the impetus to find an outlet to express her love of form, texture and colour. Having worked previously in sculpting, moldmaking and painting, Shirley has found that the art of kilnformed glass provided a platform to embrace all her creative pursuits.
After attending various Masterclasses in kilnformed glass at the Sydney College of Arts, Shirley worked as an intern with mentor Lisa Cahill, an internationlly acclaimed Australia glass artist. Shirley Hersch’s most recent solo exhibition – Clarity – was held at the Gaffa Gallery in Sydney and comprised of over 200 delicate organic forms created using the kilnforming technique of pâte de verre.
Shirley has a studio space in Surrey Hills, Sydney, where she continues to develop her skills as a contempory glass artist.
Christine was born near Toronto, Ontario, in 1979. She is the grand-daughter of farmers, who migrated from Poland and the Ukraine after the war. Growing up on a vegetable farm is one of her favourite childhood memories.
In 2003, Christine graduated from Alberta College of Art and Design. A year later she made the long journey to Adelaide to participate in the 2-year Design Associate Program at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design Glass Studio. She successfully completed this in 2006.
Since 2006, Christine has made Adelaide her home, earning Australian citizenship in 2010.
Christine was recently the Glass Studio Coordinator at JamFactory and a member of Blue Pony Studio until it closed. Currently she is a member of the beautiful Gate 8 Workshop in Adelaide. Her practice includes production work, exhibition work and public commissions.