From Tevita…

Tevita’s been getting jiggy with some experimental new work: mucking around (to quote him) with some glass, wood, alcohol and pig’s hearts [sounds like a party at the Hideout! n(Ed)]…



Needless to say we think that all 1.5 x 3.5 metres of it is utterly fabulous.

Gotta love that Tongan spear action.

Contemporary glass loves light, now there’s a concept!!

Thanks to Nige for a link to the announcement of the new Corning expansion



We particularly like this quotation…”Contemporary glass loves light, especially natural light, and space,” said Tina Oldknow, the Museum’s curator of modern glass. “The new daylighting system represents a dramatic change in how contemporary works in glass are viewed, and the Museum’s monumental sculptures will have an exhibition space appropriate to their size. This is the first large-scale presentation of contemporary glass that takes advantage of natural light.”

Wagga Wagga was a pre-curser wethinks.

And before you all start carrying on about the (bleeding obvious) difference in scale, just keep in mind it’s not always about size.

The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award 2012…

So sorry darls, but there’s no way we are going to have time to process all the snaps from the Shirley Hannan opening until after we put our grant to bed (it’s down to the wire, you know what it’s like…)

But we’re finding the fact that we’ve not posted anything soooo excruciating that we’re going to be slack and at least put up the newsy bits, in case you’ve missed it…

…and the winner is…



…Neil Moore’s Portrait of Claudio, oil on panel. Fabulous.

For the final field go here.

And the media release is hereand hereand here.

We’ll bring culture mulcher mug shots of all the opening excitements as soon as we can manage.

Vale Jörg Schmeisser…

It was Jörg Schmeisser’s funeral in Canberra today. How sad we all are.

Our thoughts have naturally been with the family;  he really was one of Art’s true gentlemen.



[It’s a shock when one of your heroes goes. We’re going to miss that glowing Jörg Schmeisser ‘ochre red’ –  Megsie used to dye her hair precisely that colour in a gesture of serious homage. n(Ed)]

image: Jörg Schmeisser (Germany, Australia 1942– 2012)

Trees and shells, etching and aquatint, printed on ivory Hahnemühle paper

24.5 x 19.5cm  Collection of the Art Gallery of NSW

The most interesting man in Australian glass…

…according to the Yanks – and, you know, it’s a bloody hard claim to refute.



Completely forgot to post this last week (mea culpa, Nige) So you’ve missed the Lecture, alas. But for anyone booting around Pittsburgh this month, get on down to the Glass Centre.


Join us for a special evening with Nick Mount, one of Australia’s most accomplished and celebrated studio glass artists, on Wednesday, May 30 from 6 to 8pm. Get to know Nick and enjoy his wry Australian wit, learn more about the inspiration for his artwork, get a sneak preview of his exhibition and have an up-close opportunity to watch him create his work.
Nick is here to present a new exhibition called “10 Years of Bottles and Bobs: A Survey” that opens on Friday, June 1 and runs through July 15, 2012 at PGC.
Fast approaching his fifth decade working in the field, Nick Mount has been at the forefront of innovation and achievement in glass since the early 1970s. He was aptly named this year’s “Living Treasure: Masters of Australian Craft” by Object, the Australian Centre for Craft and Design.
We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, May 30.

Read more about NICK MOUNT Online

Get the full drum here.