From time to time Canberra Glassworks presents one-off Special Events that are worth looking out for.
Canberra Day - Make Your Own!
In celebration of Canberra Day, Canberra Glassworks offers anyone over the age of 8 years the opportunity to try their hand at creating a glass tile using the Centenary’s March theme of Celebration as their inspiration. A glass artist will guide you through the process and in just 20 minutes your unique piece of art will be ready to be kiln formed.
Cost is just $40 + postage
Dates: 9-10 March 2013
Times: 20 minute sessions from 10.30am to 1pm
For Christmas this year, the Canberra Glassworks are offering the opportunity to create your own decorations in a kiln forming Off-the-Street experience and we're busy sourcing beautiful gifts for our Gallery Shop, Gather. Don't miss our night time shopping experience for a 5% discount and why not purchase collectible Christmas baubles from our stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets each weekend from the 8th to 23rd December.
Make your own Christmas decorations under the guidance of a glass artist in small groups in our Engine Room for that something special and hand made from the heart. Send them anywhere in Australia. Postage is included in the cost. And for the first time ever, children aged 5 to 8 can join in. We've pre-fired the glass for little hands so there are no sharp edges! The whole family can now join in and make special Christmas heirlooms that will be treasured for life.
Dates: 24-25 Nov, 1-2 Dec, 8-9 Dec
Times: 20 minute sessions from 10.30am to 1pm
The Canberra Glassworks Gallery Shop, Gather will be open for a special shopping night on Wednesday 12 December
from 5.30pm to 7pm. All purchases on the night will be discounted by 5%. Join us for a Christmas drink while you do your shopping and watch the artists creating pieces in the Hotshop that you can purchase in Gather. A fascinating and fun way to do your Christmas shopping this year. Why not bring your friends and enjoy dinner at Brodburger afterwards?
Old Bus Depot Markets
Each year, the Canberra Glassworks sets up a stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets to sell our exquisite hand made glass Christmas baubles. Why not start your collection this year? We've got Brian Corr Christmas baubles, Lisa Cahill delicate Christmas stars and Monique Cameron icicles as well as a range of unique paperweights. We'll see you there each weekend from 8th Dec to 23rd Dec.
Art Nouveau Off-the-Street
Saturday, 27 October
Using Sidney Long’s painting as inspiration, be guided by a glass artist over two hours to create your very own Art Nouveau glass panel (20cm x 20cm). No experience is necessary. All materials will be provided. Suitable for anyone over the age of 8 years. An exclusive experience with very limited places available. Must be booked through the National Gallery of Australia.
Venue: Canberra Glassworks
Times: 11am – 1pm or 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Cost: $130pp (inc gst) or for NGA Members, $120pp (inc gst)
Participants: 9 per session
Bookings by email only: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids Design Competition
Inspirational Insects - The Making
Sunday 28 October at 11am
All entries are on display in the Engine Room to be enjoyed by everyone who visits the Glassworks. Glass artists will judge the designs and then on October 28, the winners will have their entries made into glass art in the Hotshop – everyone is welcome to come and watch this fascinating and free event.
September 5 -18
Symposium and Workshop presented by the Australian National University and Canberra Glassworks in association with Ausglass
View the ABC's 7.30 ACT Report
story about Lino's visit to the Canberra Glassworks here
Listen to the ABC 666 Radio interview and view images here.
About Lino Tagliapietra
Hailed as the greatest living glass artist, Tagliapietra has played a crucial role as master craftsperson and educator within the international contemporary Studio Glass Movement. Born in Venice and starting his working life in a local glass factory at the age of twelve, Tagliapietra became the youngest ever Maestro (Master) at the age of 21 at the prestigious Venini Factory.
He is responsible for the contemporary Venetian wave that has been the dominant international style in glass for the past 25 years. Today, after a career spanning 60 years, he has an extensive solo museum exhibition record and is held in over 30 major museum collections around the world.
About the Workshop
12 - 16 September * 9am to 4pm * Canberra Glassworks Hotshop
This was a 5 day demonstration workshop by one of the greatest living glass artists, Lino Tagliapietra assisted by US artists: Nancy Callan, David Walters and Darin Denison. It was a highly charged, focused week of making in the Hot Shop. It was a dynamic combination of traditional Venetian techniques and innovative practice using hot glass. This great craft event was a professional development demonstration workshop for glass artists.
About the Symposium: The Venetian Wave
11 September * 2pm * Australian National University
This public event was hosted by the School of Art at the Australian National University, Tuesday 11 September from 2pm. With different generations of makers presenting, it was a unique opportunity to explore some of the influences and ideas around the historical and aesthetic influence of Venetian glass on contemporary glass practice. Speakers included: Lino Tagliapietra, Nancy Callan, Clare Belfrage and Nadege Desgenetez. It was a free event.
These events are part of a collaborative project that has been generously supported by the following organisations:
Canberra Glassworks Celebrates 5th Birthday
It’s been 5 years since the Canberra Glassworks was opened and so many of you joined us on May 26 & 27 for a fun-filled weekend exploring all things glass. We threw open our doors and let you in behind the scenes and it was a great party for everyone!
Take a look at some of the images below and as soon as you get a chance, pop back in to:
-view the glass pavlova created by Bleorge (Mel George and Annette Blair);
-view the Giant Glass Birthday Card - engraved by many of our weekend visitors;
-view the 4 pieces created by artists in our Kids Design Competition;
-try your hand at our new hot glass experience - blow your own glass balloon!
Thanks to the following organisations for their support of this event:
Centenary of Canberra
Out & About with Kids Magazine Out & About with Kids E-Mag
Makers of Murrumbateman