Open studio…

8 12 2010

Message from Harry…

Matthew and I will be having our open studio day;




                                    Dec.11 th, 10 – 2 pm at our home studio;

                                            114 Uriarra Rd, Queanbeyan

There will be some glass blowing, some cool drinks and watermelon, some work for sale, seconds and prototypes, & pieces ‘by donation’ for ‘HOME IN QUEANBEYAN’ 




Always a fun day. Get on down…

Those gorgeous Curtis men…

23 07 2009


 (above) Hugo, Oscar & Matt

Matt and Harry are holding an informal open studio soiree at Chéz Curtis on the 31st July; no need to RSVP – just turn up and chill out at 114 Urriara Rd, Queanbeyhole from 6pm onwards (ph 6297636 to double check if you don’t believe us…!!)

It’s a great opportunity to enjoy Matt’s latest work before it’s sent off to Axia for its Melbourne fanfare.

Dispatch central…

26 08 2008


We had a ripper evening over at Matthew Curtis and Harriet Schwarzrock’s studio in Queanbeyhole on the weekend – Matt and Harry threw a huge bon voyage party for all the work they’re about to send off to Cleveland, Ohio, for their upcoming two-man show at Thomas R Riley Galleries. And the joint was really pumping.

Everyman and his glass dog turned up, naturally, and between the hotshop demos and the serious barista bar and tables literally groaning with gourmet tucker, it was a very superior affair all round. The bad news is that while grappling with an unfamiliar computer set-up the following day, we managed to delete 98% of our snaps – boo hoo – so we can’t bring you blanket coverage of the event as intended…

Never mind – we’ve made some amends by rushing back yesterday morning to re-take snaps of the work, at least,  before it was crated up…you’ll just have to imagine the rest…

Studio/workshop images (and a handful of surviving party shots) here.


Postcard from London: Tevita at the V&A…

1 02 2008






Tevita just sent over a bunch of snaps he took while hanging out at Collect at the V&A over the past 10 days or so…

Lovely to see he caught up with Matthew Curtis over there – you’d need a cheery face, by the looks of the weather!

The optimum mark of success

13 06 2007


Stolen!!!  Matthew Curtis’s constructed cobalt and cherry bowl (weighing in at 70kg.) Photograph Rob Little.

When do you know that you’ve really made it as an artist? Why, when your work has been targeted for a major robbery, of course.  Not the common, naff shop-lifting scenario but the real deal; the smash and grab. Ex-Sydney-now-Canberra (well, Queanbeyan to be exact) glass artist Matthew Curtis was recently paid the greatest homage of his career to date when thieves ram-raided his solo exhibition at Axia Modern Art gallery in Melbourne. We kid you not. Fair dinkum! The robbers drove a truck (presumably) through the front of the gallery and grabbed three pieces before making off into the night.

Now anybody familiar with Matthew’s oeuvre will know that his recent work (featured in an article in Craft Arts International No. 69, 2007) is rather large and very heavy indeed (which pretty much explains why the crims stopped at three.) The items nabbed, in fact, were all contructed (plate) bowls that weighed in at 60kg, 70kg and 90 kg respectively, the man-handling of which would have been no mean feat. How excitement! The coppers apparently have no leads, but one imagines that the goods will be difficult to fence. Could this mean that a bold, new class of collector/connoisseur has arrived on the scene? And considerate, too, by all accounts – the raid was pulled the day before the exhibition was due to close, giving people plenty of opportunity to see the show before the snatch.

All terribly thrilling we thought, and Matthew, of course, has set a new benchmark of sorts. Undoubtably some members of the fraternity will now be spending many a sleepless night fretting over this most worrisome of professional conundrums: how successful and desireable is one’s work if nobody wants to nick it? Keep an eye out for nefarious trends……