Jaq Knight’s spanky new website…

1 11 2008




Jaq Knight’s sent through the address of her ultra spiffy website, which covers all aspects of her practice including the early photomedia stuff…

Her pearl necklace is certainly in good company – check out Jean-Michel Othoniel’s exhibition in New York (the scaled-up necklace has long been an Othoniel trademark…) And see earlier post.

For Jaq’s website go to  www.jacquelineknight.com 

Pumpkin patch…

3 10 2008


Now here’s a sweet li’l happening – beats the crap out of those boring old christmas baubles…





Speaking of which, here’s a cute li’l archival blast from the past…




…Jane and Tim getting into the hang of things, circa 2000, for the ANU School of Art Glass Workshop’s annual sale.

Procter Fellowship exhibition at Sabbia…

17 09 2008


The Gang thought long and hard about whether or not we’d get the skates back on to belt up to Sydney yet again – this time for the launch of the Procter Fellowship exhibition, In Essence: The Legacy of Stephen Procter, at Sabbia this coming Friday night – but in the end decided ag’in it.

It all looks a tad visually frenetic (less might have been more perhaps) and a couple of the artists selected triggered a veritable mexican wave of incredulous eyebrow raising (their specious claims that Stephen was an influence on their work and/or philosophic practice are tenuous AT BEST.) Anyhoo, enough said about that…[Megsie started to climb on to her soap-box for a rant, but we talked her down. n(Ed)]



On the positive side the exhibition promotes the continuing awareness of the all-important Procter Fellowship, set up after Stephen’s demise to provide an annual travelling/mentoring scholarship, and includes a number of the recipients (…further down the track it’d be great to see this developed into a regular happening, featuring perhaps just the work of Stephen and the ongoing progression of Fellows.)

The added inclusion of work by his old friends and early comrades-in-glass-arms (Ray Flavell and Joel Philip Myers), themselves so instrumental in Stephen’s own development, is a really nice touch – and a practical reminder of the efficasy of encouragement, support and engagement during the critical stages of an emerging artist’s evolving career.  And, of course, there’d be no show without Punch – Jane Bruce, who worked with Stephen during most of the period of his tenure as Head of the ANU School of Art Glass Workshop (and was instrumental in assisting Christine Procter in the foundation of the Fellowship) not only has work in the exhibition but is rumoured to be making the pilgrimage DownUnder in person.

So it promises to be a big, glossy affair with plenty of flesh pressing and, one hopes, lots of lovely lucre raised for the Fellowship coffers. For additional info go to the Sabbia website (though at this juncture we notice they’ve not yet uploaded the blurb – keep watch on that space…)

Netty and the Ranamok…

1 09 2008


Our Netster in the Canberra Times.

Update on Trish Roan…

7 08 2008

Patricia Roan, Clouds

We decided it was time to take a little peek at Trish Roan’s latest delectables, and were pleased to see she still had her head firmly in the clouds. Thank God.

Looks like she might have a natural immunity to that dreaded commercialitis lurgy that’s been afflicting the ‘art glass’ sector over the last few years. 



                               Patricia Roan, Bottle (detail)

Patricia Roan, Bottle


Patricia Roan, Lightbulb                                                     Patricia Roan, Match

Hang in there Trishy, you’re a star. (See earlier post)

Postcard from NY State: Jacq Knight at Alfred…

26 07 2008



Jacq Knight, Zipper, cast glass, 12′ tall (US measurements!!)



We just received a lovely newsy postcard from Jacq Knight who’s recently completed her MFA stint at Alfred and is on the verge of moving to Providence, Rhode Island (tomorrow, in fact) with her fella. 

Having just finished teaching a summer glass-blowing class at Alfred, she’s now taking up a gig teaching weekly casting classes in Providence, where she’s already organised a studio space and additional work for other artists – so there’ll be no rest for the wicked by the sound of things.

Her Master’s work looks very cool – she really enjoyed the sculptural focus at Alfred – and one of the larger pieces has been included in a show at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beiijing. (She’ll be heading across for the September launch, lucky bugger…)

Meanwhile, for a squizz at more goodies, go here.

Luna Ryan: the road show…

18 07 2008


Luna came through yesterday for an overnight stay on her way to Melbourne to deliver her work to Kirra Gallery for the Capital Glass exhibition (opening next Thursday.) She’s certainly set up for some serious travel nowdays – bike rack ‘n all.  



And while she was down here she received confirmation from Craft ACT director Barb McConchie that the touring of Mamana Mamanta  – see previous posts and, more to the point, Craft Act’s curatorial coverage  is thunderbirds-are-go. It’s all been given the thumbs up by Visions of Australia and will travel in 2009/2010 (to Adelaide, Bathurst, Orange, Darwin, Brisbane and Wagga Wagga – though not necessarily in that order.)

So a huge congrats to both Luna and Jock – and how fabulous that the show will get so much well deserved exposure. We toasted the deed with Megsie’s Blackberry Nip (which is really, really, really, really good – even if we do say so ourselves.)

Which reminds us – filmmaker Les Herstik has made a great little film about Loons and her practice, and it’s up on YouTube. For a serious treat check out…



And speaking of films…in the mail today we received a wonderful surprise from Mr Marvellous Tom Moore – a preview dvd of his ‘glass-o-rama’  episode for ABC’s Artscape. How excitement! You’re gunna have to wait because it’s not scheduled for airing until sometime in November apparently – but we can assure you that it’s classic Tom, very entertaining, and not to be missed.  And it’s peppered with interviews with Nick Mount, Deb (The Leader of the Free Glass World) Jones, and Tom’s very lovely trouble and strife, Rosie. We even caught a glimpse of the Netster. It’s a ripper. We’ll give you a little reminder nudge closer to showtime.