Blame Joy! She asked me if I could make a glass chicken!
Joy is one of the members at the Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association’s Ferry Park Gallery. Joy made me a wonderful crocheted woolen knee rug that has kept me warm all winter. Joy loved the glass fish that I have at Ferry Park, and asked if I could make a glass chicken for her granddaughter’s birthday. That was fun!
The magic about glass is that it works with light… Light shines through it, reflects from it… Light is bent by glass. Glass loves light!
Put your glass light in a cupboard, and it loses the light, its life, its voice… But put the glass in the light and it sings.
This little seascape fantasy is in a double sided box – glass both sides. Sit it on a window sill where the sun shines in. Hang it from the window frame.
Glass is for light, and light beats darkness any day…
Another version of my Seascape Fantasy series is off to find a new home! I took this collection of quirky critters to the wonderful Lily at Art Aspects Gallery, Lismore this morning. Lily took it straight to the shop window!
If you are in the neighbourhood, drop in. Support your local gallery!
Fantasy in a fishbowl #3
This fishy piece was awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ at the recent LCACA small works 8×8 exhibition. The piece features a bunch of fantastic fishy critters more or less in a dreamy fishbowl – however a few of the critters are making a break for it!
The exhibition has since ended, and this piece has been updated and remounted onto a solid timber base. This piece is now at Ferry Park Gallery – if you are travelling up the Pacific Highway and passing through Maclean, pull off the highway and take a break while you check out the Ferry Park Gallery.
This piece is the smallest of my ‘Fantasy in a Fishbowl’ series – just 19cm wide by 14cm deep by 23cm high – priced at $285.00.
The digital edition of Spring 2018 issue of The Flow Magazine (the leading glass journal for the flame-working community) is now out and available on your screens. This is the Nature Issue, and the magazine features articles and galleries of glass artists work with a ‘nature’ theme.
Australian artists are well represented – Kathryn Chaston, Barb Jorgenson and Terri Krahe were all included – well deserved too. Their work is outstanding…
And I’m am delighted that the editors included my Fantasy in a Fishbowl #1. Talk about keeping good company!
Fantasy in a Fishbowl #1
The 2018 Festival of Glass was held over the weekend of 17-18 February at Drysdale, Victoria. The event is organised and run by the local Clifton Springs – Drysdale Community Group.
We arrived on the Friday eventing, and delivered my entries to the Glass Art Awards team. We met other entrants, saw some fabulous work that had been entered, and we got to catch up with other glass folks who were setting up for Sunday’s Glass Expo.
Saturday evening was the ‘Twilight Flames’ event at the nearby Leura Park Estate winery, where the good folks served us fine food and beautiful wines while Murano master Mauro Vianello demonstrated his skills with sculptural glass. Lots of fun catching up with more glass folks!
The Glass Expo was a lot of fun – but a long day for the exhibitors!
During the day, the winners of the Awards Show were announced.
I was totally stoked to be awarded First Place in the Wearable Art section, and delighted to be second place behind the wonderful Kathryn Chaston in the Sculptural section. Happy with that!
Seabed Series Pendant
‘Against the Flow’
Fantasy in a Fishbowl
Yesterday afternoon, the ‘Clarence River Women in Art Exhibition kicked off at the Yamba Museum. The exhibition features 60 artists who live and work in the Clarence River valley. The show is the result of a lot of hard work and organisation by Debra Novak, aided and abetted by Bob and Marea Buist. The exhibition runs from 12-December, and runs until 28 January 2018.
I am proud that my ‘Fantasy in a Fishbowl’ is part of this exhibition. The piece is collection of quirky marine critters, mostly contained within a ghostly fishbowl – there are a few escapees…
One of the features of the exhibition will be artwork by earlier women artists from the Clarence Valley, some from the 19th century. These artists recorded people and places that are now historical. The show also features a painting by Lillian Chauvel, the first Australian female artist to exhibit overseas. Incidentally, Lillian Chauvel was the sister of General Sir Henry Chauvel, who led the Desert Mounted Corps at the Battle for Beersheba, where the 4th Light Horse carried the famous charge.
‘Roses’ by Lillian Chauvel
The opening event included performances by two young Clarence Valley singers – the classically trained Michelle Jean Ryan and contemporary singer/songwriter Grace Hickey. It turns out that Michelle’s great-aunt was Margaret Gard, born at Harwood, and better known as Margherita Grandi, a noted operatic mezzo-soprano and diva, who sang at Covent Garden, La Scala and other noted opera houses, who sang in movies such as ‘The Red Shoes’, and who was recorded in in work conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. That’s a long way from Harwood Island!