This artwork was created during a five week artist residency at Canberra Glassworks, Canberra ACT in November/December 2012.
Canberra Glassworks is an amazing facility and is Australia’s only cultural centre that is wholly dedicated to contemporary glass art. At its core it is a working glassworks that provides access to glassmaking facilities for glass artists. As an artist in residence I had full access to the hot shop, kiln area, cold working studio and all cold working equipment. I used the opportunity of having all the glass specific facilities under one roof to make new work that crossed over and combined the processes. I made cylinders in the hot glass studio that I then cut and made into a flat sheet in the kiln, then I cold worked the sheet and then heated back up in a kiln to “roll it up” in the hot shop again and create new forms. It was very exciting to make these new forms. The forms are different from traditional blown glass forms, they resemble rolled up paper. I also spent my time exploring and experimenting with enamels, more kiln forming, and lots of cold working.
Bundanon Artist Residency
This artwork was created during a ten day artist residency at Bundanon Trust, NSW in February 2012.
In 1971 Arthur Boyd spent his first ten-day visit at Bundanon and this had a “profound effect on his thinking and artwork”. This is exactly what I proposed to do.
I dedicated this time to research and develop my ideas and to be inspired by the Australian landscape. I spent many days in the studio drawing and painting and making paper wind sculptures.
HAT Artist Residency
In 2007 I was selected to participate in Here and There (HAT) Project. HAT is a programme of international exchange research fellowships for designer-makers.
The HAT Project creates opportunities for designer makers to spend time working as artists in residence in a range of international contexts. Each residency is set up for an average of three months during which time the artists undertake practice based research.
My residency took place in Farnham, England at University College for the Creative Arts. The residency was 3 months and totally self directed. In the first 2 weeks, as an exercise to just get into the studio and make, I started blowing simple small clear glass tumblers. I also wanted to get into the habit of drawing each day. I came upon the idea of a visual drawing diary on the cups. One drawing on one cup per day. 3 months, 90 cups, 90 drawings fired onto the surface of the glass.
The collection of cups were set out in reference to the grid of a monthly calendar. The visual diary was later exhibited as part of my exhibition Small is Beautiful at the JamFactory.
During the residency I explored various ways of combining glass and imagery. It was a challenging residency, but I got alot out of my studio explorations.