The Masters at Opening Night, Wed 31st JanThe Masters at Opening Night, Wed 31st Jan

Sabbia Gallery of Paddington in Sydney kicked off 2018 with a resoundingly successful iteration of their annual Masters series, this one titled Sketch. Some of the participating artists responded enthusiastically to the theme, others more obliquely or perhaps not at all.

Matthew CurtisMatthew Curtis

Lisa CahillLisa Cahill

Certainly Matthew Curtis is on the former category with his "Neodymium and Grey Incline" shown above, with a cut-out photograph of him drawing on the floor with his dogs curled around him making what appears to be a shadow cast by the glass tower.

Galia AmsellGalia Amsell

Giles BettisonGiles Bettison

Giles Bettison on the other hand has chosen to show us in intricate detail the planning that went into the making of "Chroma 2018 #4" as a framed sketch, while Tom Rowney has sketched the form he has made for the exhibition.

Tom RowneyTom Rowney

Jenni Kemarre MartinielloJenni Kemarre Martiniello

Showing by far the largest piece in the exhibition, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello has drawn into and onto the glass and inscribed the names of fallen Indigenous soldiers into her "Gallipoli Pole, 2015"

Maureen WilliamsMaureen Williams

Kirstie RaeKirstie Rae

Nick MountNick Mount

Me with my three students in the design roomMe with my three students in the design room

As part of my 5x week exploration of stained glass in Europe, I was invited to teach a workshop for Peli Glass in Zoetemeer, a suburb of The Hague, looking at principals of design as they apply to stained glass and glass painting in particular. It was a small workshop, with only three students, but no less exhausting for that.

We began on the Friday evening with a slide show and a session examining basic design through additive composition, the results of which can be seen in the group photo above.

Series of quick sketches of the Still LifeSeries of quick sketches of the Still Life

Saturday morning kicked off with a series of quick sketches in brush & ink and then charcoal (above) to loosen up and familiarise themselves with the still life, the subject of a longer study in graphite and/or charcoal.

A longer studyA longer study

The students were then set the task of converting this drawing into something that could be cut out of glass, all the while deciding what is to be painted and what defined by leadlines.

Making a lead drawing from the sketchMaking a lead drawing from the sketch

Converting the lead drawing to a cutlineConverting the lead drawing to a cutline

Cutting glass for the projectCutting glass for the project

Once the glass had been selected and all cut, students then placed theglass assembly over the original long study and began to paint the trace line.

Lisas workLisas work

Heinz's workHeinz's work

Ilona's workIlona's work

Matting the piecesMatting the pieces

Secondary exerciseSecondary exercise

We were certainly lucky having a well-equipped workshop to work in. It
meant that several firings could be accomplished in a day as well as
overnight. This allowed for another exercise to run concurrently, something much more free and experimental.

The three Free-form projects firedThe three Free-form projects fired

Lisa's final firingLisa's final firing

Heinz's final firingHeinz's final firing

Ilona's final firingIlona's final firing

There wasn't time of course to actually build the panels but I was certainly pleased with the results and each student went away with a head full of new ideas and techniques. And I continued on my journey, catching the train back to Amsterdam to see firstly the Rijksmusem, then Cobra and Jan van der Togt Galleries before catching a train to Paris for 12x days

Three vessels from the Skin Deep seriesThree vessels from the Skin Deep series

Internationally renowned glass artist Clare Belfrage has a new solo show currently on display at Paddington's Sabbia Gallery. These works are a lovely iteration of the subtle and refined beauty for which Clare is known. These beautifully formed vessels are full of grace. The delicate almost-matte surfaces absorb light and contribute to their quiet but powerful presence.

Director Anna Grigson introducing Gabriella BisettoDirector Anna Grigson introducing Gabriella Bisetto

Drawing Out Time opened on Wednesday 15th Nov, with an address delivered by Gabriella Bisetto, Head of the Glass Workshop at the South Australian School of Art, Art Architecture and Design , University of South Australia. An accomplished glass artist in her own right, Gabriella spoke eloquently about Clare's work and the accomplishments of the Australian contemporary glass community.

Quiet ShiftingQuiet Shifting

SheddingShedding

Quiet Shifting

Shedding: the newest works

Gabriella & ClareGabriella & Clare

Clare & myselfClare & myself

Quiet Shifting

Shedding: the newest works

Closing December 9th, this is a delightful exhibition and well worth a visit.

GLAAS INC is staging a festival of glass events, GLAAS@Melbourne Polytechnic throughout the month of September, with talks by professional glass practitioners, a market, 'fringe' events and an exhibition. I'll have several pieces in the exhibition, the two shown below as well as a B&W drawing. The exhibition opens Friday 8th Sept, 5pm -7pm and launches the whole event.

Glass Painting No.5Glass Painting No.5

TrioTrio

On Saturday afternoon, 9th Sept. I will be performing a live glass and mixed-media sculpture to the accompaniment of live drumming (Melbourne Polytechnic has a course which includes drumming and circus performance among other things).

Large VaseLarge Vase

Mount VaseMount Vase

The two sculptures shown above are examples of the sort of work I will be creating for the Melbourne, although the new piece will stand at least 2metres tall and incorporate found object: large eucalypt branches collected form a nearby park I expect.

Room to Let

22 Aug 2017

Within my stained glass studio in Hibernian House there is a 24sq metre self-contained space available for lease. The current tenant is moving out end of August.

The empty roomThe empty room

Entry foyer to 104BEntry foyer to 104B

With the annual increase of 5% built into my lease, the rent for this space will be $357/month from September. Ideally I'm looking for a fellow creative to share the space. The room is well-lit with high ceilings and would suit a variety of purposes. My next door neighbour is a noted performance artist and the other side is The Preachers' rehearsal studio.

View from the roofView from the roof

Hibernian House, Surry HillsHibernian House, Surry Hills

UPDATE

August 30th: The room has been taken

When offered the opportunity of designing a widow featuring dolphins, I admit I hesitated. Could I achieve something fresh here? Is it even possible to avoid cliche with this subject matter? The clients had something quite specific in mind, an image of a window found on the internet, one which was quite well designed in fact. Well, I thoroughly enjoyed the process and I think I managed to make something worthwhile: you be the judge.

Dolphin windowDolphin window

2.5 days with guest instructor Australian artist Jeff Hamilton
Friday evening-Saturday-Sunday: 20, 21, 22 October 2017
Zoetermeer, NL (near Den Haag).

This workshop will provide the opportunity to bring your work to new levels and tap into new creativity in stained glass design. Come with an open mind!

Workshop presented in English. Minimum 4, maximum 6 persons.

Instructor: Jeffrey Hamilton, Hamilton Design Glass, Surry Hills NSW, Australia
"Jeffrey Hamilton is an artist with more than 30 years experience. He is passionate about most forms of art and specifically painted glass. He graduated in 1974 with a diploma in Interior Design from Randwick College where attention to detail and fine craftsmanship was emphasized. In 1979 he began training as a glass painter, first concentrating on religious windows. Over the years he has been hugely involved with, and inspired by, the art scene in Sydney".

Workshop participants must have some experience in stained glass design / glass cutting, and stained glass painting.

Objectives:
- To consider design as it applies to stained glass
- To complete several challenging and practical exercises that will focus the mind and provide the opportunity to apply experimental ideas
- To facilitate comparative analysis amongst one's peers, and so lay the groundwork for unexpected insights
- To establish an appreciation of drawing as a core practice

During the workshop participants will be provided with: paints, mediums, glass, use of the kilns, food, drinks/coffee.

A workshop participant is entitled to a 10% discount on all paintbrushes, 5% discount on all sets, and 10% discount on all paints in stock purchased from PELI Glass. This is valid from time of payment until one month after the workshop.

Testimonials for Jeff Hamilton

"Wanted to let you know how impressed I am with your course. Will be referring you to the committee in my survey response... From you we received great tuition, well structured, very well prepared and very personable. As a bonus we were given insights into the technical aspects of stained glass and its history. This year's course (2014) was even better than 2013. Hope to enroll with you in 2015."
Terry Silk

"I was taught by Jeffrey Hamilton, some years ago, I can tell you he is the BEST PERSON to teach you leadlighting, painting on glass and foiling... Whilst there in his old studio in Lane Cove, I and my fellow participants learnt many things from Jeff. The more difficult the pattern the more accomplished you will become. I know he pushed me to the limits."
Paul Brunyee

"Thanks so much for teaching such a great class. It was so much fun and it was great to be able to produce a completed stained glass hanging. I can't wait to start my next project!"
Suzi Gleeson

Cost: € 395 ex VAT.
Interested? Check out our webshop for more details.
Request a non-binding offer today!

tel: +31 (0)79.361.8154 / www.peliglass.eu / fax: +31 (0)79.361.8493
PELI Webshop

An`a Wojak in the zone @ 107An`a Wojak in the zone @ 107

In March I responded to an invitation to witness a performance by my friend AñA Wojak at Redfern's 107 Projects. Being photographer was incredibly intimate; I was with her all the way, feeling (almost) what she was feeling. Extraordinary, exhausting, it was an absolute honour

Preparing the spacePreparing the space

CMS added image

DemarcationDemarcation

Water and wineWater and wine

Preparing the spacePreparing the space

BlessingBlessing

PiercingPiercing

AttachingAttaching

Achieving ecstasyAchieving ecstasy

DoneDone

Mark Elliott blowing a glass instrumentMark Elliott blowing a glass instrument

Glass sculptureGlass sculpture

An accomplished saxophonist himself, Mark Elliott deploys great humour and wit to his flameworking of glass sculpture. Mark's latest forays have been making sculptures that sound, some of them with remarkable notes.

Glass sculptureGlass sculpture

Blowing a glass instrumentBlowing a glass instrument

107 Projects in Redfern St Redfern are renowned for hosting quite left-field performances and exhibitions of multi-disciplinary artforms. Glass + Wind was one such event on Wednesday evening, 29th March, and continuing thru to April 9th 2017.

Playing a glass instrumentPlaying a glass instrument

Playing a glass instrumentPlaying a glass instrument

Hanging glass sculptureHanging glass sculpture

The sqwawkaphoneThe sqwawkaphone

Glass musical instrumentsGlass musical instruments

New window "Dorcas and the Pauper"New window "Dorcas and the Pauper"

After several months of intense work my new window illustrating Dorcas in a gesture of giving cloth to a pauper was installed into one of the last remaining openings at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Nowra, southern NSW. The window fitted quite well and installation proceeded relatively smoothly, with only a slight adjustment in the height required onsite.

External scaffolding with existing windowsExternal scaffolding with existing windows

Pete Whittaker onboard the internal scaffoldingPete Whittaker onboard the internal scaffolding

Top arch removed, steel vent goingTop arch removed, steel vent going

Pete cleaning out stone chanelPete cleaning out stone chanel

New panels stacked in positionNew panels stacked in position

Adjustment to overall heightAdjustment to overall height

New window installedNew window installed

Outside shot of the new windowOutside shot of the new window

The subject matter of Dorcas was a request from the donors, in consultation with Rev Fred Monckton, Parish Priest, as best representing the generous and giving nature of John and Joan Coulthart whom the window is in memory of. There was also a requirement to portray the old Presbyterian Church of Numbaa, which stood on the Coulthart's property some 20kms to the East of Nowra. A lot of research went into the design of the window, as is often the case. It was over a year ago that I drove down to Nowra to meet with the four Coulthart sisters and visit the Numbaa property. The old corrugated iron shed with its cast iron pillars still stands but the weatherboard and shingle porch has long since gone and the windows to the shed have been sheeted over. The building was erected as a Church in 1885.

Detail of central figuresDetail of central figures

Detail of lower portionDetail of lower portion

Detail of top portion of windowDetail of top portion of window

I wanted my figure of Dorcas to be beautiful and compassionate and decided to attempt a recreation of an angel by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones', changing the colours a little, without the wings and giving her a headscarf instead of flowers. As was common for the studio, more than one window was created from this same design. My figure of the pauper is based on a frescoe showing St Cecilia by Renaissance painter Lorenzo Costa. It seemed particularly appropriate as St Cecilia is shown divesting herself of all her possessions.

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