Glass spotto…

17 05 2009

Someone who may prefer to remain nameless just pointed us to yesterday’s offering on artdaily.com, with the sardonic aside “…and yes, it’s glaaaass!! – jeez let’s have a moratorium…”

 

glaaaaass

 

On some levels, we’d have to agree. But, of course, technically they are impressively big, as in length (and yes it is all about size, obviously), so at the outset one would have to at least admire the skill/controlled mastery of the blowing. Which led us to do a little digging (aka net surfing), and we discovered that ‘…She collaborates with Neil Wilkin in the blowing of many of her pieces.’

Ah, so we’re back to that old chicken or the egg conundrum of who maketh it art? The gaffer or the person who hires him? After all, would we give a toss about it if it wasn’t big (and colourful and shiny)?

We surfed a little further to check out Neil Wilkin and found plenty of cute stuff  (though rather a lot of it was way Chihuly-esque.) Here’s a few things we did rather like though…

 

   Umbrella-Tree-Neil-Wilkin-1

   Neil Wilkin, Umbrella Tree

   Raspberry-Chandelier_-Neil-

   Neil Wilkin, Raspberry Chandelier

   Glass-Grass-Neil-Wilkin-199

   Neil Wilkin, Glass Grass

   Wisteria-Chandelier-A%20(1)

   Neil Wilkin, Wisteria Chandelier

Have a poke around his website, here. And while you’re at it, check out his ABOUT page.

 

   Neil-Wilkin-working-on-Pete

   Neil Wilkin, himself.





Blanchie at the forefront of artists’ move into the city…

16 05 2009

Blanchie

 

Pooh just sent through this ripper article in last Sunday’s Age about the arts push for inner city studio spaces. Thank goodness somebody’s being proactive about it. Ah, Marvellous Melbourne – what can we say! Actually Blanchie had only just moved in when the Gang was last down there and we’d planned a studio visit but ended up running out of time. Bit of a bummer really – but we’ll make up for it next trip…





Wazza gets the tower – but no surprises there…

14 05 2009

The tender for the ‘smokestack’ at the Canberra Glassworks has finally been announced, and the winner is…(drumroll)…Warren Langley!! Jon Stanhope could have saved all the money, time and hoo-hah by just giving it to Wazza in the first place, we reckon. He was always the shoe-in, let’s face it. And deservedly so. After all, from the Aussie contemporary/studio glass historic perspective alone, he is the most eminently appropriate/experienced in the genre.

Thanks Nige, for pointing us to the ACT Gubba-ment’s NewsWire…

 

Wazza

 

As for the other short-listings, gawd save us from the artchitects, darlings!

And speaking of public art in the ACT, check out the Gateway debacle on ArtWranglers. Perhaps it’s time to start sharpening your quills, my friends…





Bermagui, Saturday night…

14 05 2009

Darlings!! It was worth the drive to Merrick Fry’s opening at Mister Jones gallery at Bermi last Saturday for the sunset alone…

 

Bermagui,-Saturday-night

(above, the view from the Bermi pub)

But the show was a beauty too – and the artist totally charming. So it was grins all round and we’ll cover it soon…





Postcard from New York: Klaus at MAD…

13 05 2009

Jane Bruce has just sent through the snaps of Klausie’s grand opening at the Museum of Art and Design in Noo Yawk; a trés bonza time by the looks…

 

Brigitte,-Klaus-&-Lani

(above) the lovely Brigitte, Klaus & Lani…

Katya,-Doug-&-Dan

…and Katya, Doug & Dan…

Klaus,-Tom-&-Marilyn

…and Klaus, Tom & Marilyn…

across-a-crowded-room

…and Klausie again, across a crowded room…

Brigitte-&-Cynthia

…and Brigitte & Cynthia…

Doug-&-Dan

…and Doug & Dan…

Toots,-Klaus-and-those-nice

…and Toots, Klaus and those nice people…

Dan,-Jenny-&-Lani

…and Dan, Jenny & Lani…

David-&-Klaus

and MAD curator David McFadden with Klaus at the following day’s ‘artist chat.’

 

Thanks Jane – that was as good as being there!!





Lesson du jour…

12 05 2009

From Megsie’s desk…

 

Lesson-du-jour

 

Yeah – what she says.





Studio Files: David Wright…

11 05 2009

Apologies to those of you who’ve been patiently awaiting this post (especially you, BJ.) We’ve been a tad snowed under…

 

David-Wright

 

Our visit to Flinders last month provided the bonus opportunity of visiting artist David Wright in his studio – which is housed in a sweet old shop-front in the main street, just up from the General Store. (It used to be a tea-room, wethinks, when Megsie was a nipper…can’t quite remember…)

Anyhoo, how fabulous it was to drop in on David (however so briefly.) He’s been working with glass since the 1960’s and is one of this country’s original studio glass pioneers (…past prez of Ausglass/taught at Pilchuck/yadda, yadda – tick all the right boxes…although he’s inordinately modest, which is always refreshing.) 

Working predominently in architectural glass, his innovative kilnworking techniques have resulted in a signature style that’s lead to major national commissions and a long well-established international reputation. Perhaps his most famous commission is the Beth Temple Israel windows in Alma Rd, St Kilda (Melbourne) although he has many more besides (New Parli House, Cabrini Hospital, innumerable churches to cite but a few.) The work’s just wonderful.

The other fabbo aspect of David’s practice from our point of view is his long-term collaborative working relationship with one of our fave blokes of Oz glass – the inimitable James Thompson, kiln builder and crystal manufacturer non pareil (Blackwood Crystal). As you will be aware, James is the only producer of casting glass in this country and it’s the Gang’s casting glass of choice – not only because it’s home grown (though that is very important) but because it’s such a superior product. [Get with the program, people, Blackwood Crystal is the doo. n(Ed)]

Meanwhile, what a fabulous environment to work in – Flinders is heaven on earth, we reckon (though we are naturally biased, having grown up there!!), and just far enough from the madding crowd to be able to work undisturbed when you need to (until you get a Megsie hammering on your studio window…)

For snaps of the studio go here.

And here for encyclopedic info.





Duckie and pals open at CraftACT next week…

8 05 2009

Spell-binding book biz, and more…

Craft-ACT-Invitation





This weekend at Mister Jones…

7 05 2009

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Not guilty, m’Lud…

7 05 2009

                megsie2

 

Megsie’s favourite Deb Petersen beanie…