Dispatches from Wagga Wagga…

The winner of the prestigious National Emerging Art Glass Prize 2018 was announced at  the exhibition launch at the National Art Glass Gallery last Friday evening….

Media Release - National Emerging Art Glass Prize 2018 - media image 2 - Rose-Mary Faulkner detail

Rose-Mary Faulkner  Continuum, kiln formed glass with decals (19x290x.3cm)

Media Release - National Emerging Art Glass Prize 2018 - media image 1 - Rose-Mary Faulkner


Rose picks up an all-expenses masterclass study trip to North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland (plus some spending money!) and the work itself goes into the National Glass Collection.

Other stand-outs were…

Media Release - National Emerging Art Glass Prize 2018 - media image 4 - Namdoo Kim

Namdoo Kim, Expendable Being, glass/core-casting



Media Release - National Emerging Art Glass Prize 2018 - media image 4 - Clare Peters

Clare Peters, Hope Upheld, multiple layered fused glass, 22ct gold text, Mallee root base

Looks like a cracker show, most definitely worth the road trip – you’ve got until the 29th of July to catch it.

For those unfamiliar with the prize, for backchat go here.


Kate Baker at the National Art Glass Gallery…

Michael Scarrone, curator of the National Art Glass Gallery in Wagga Wagga, has just sent through a tantalising set of snaps from their current show, Kate Baker: Within Matter


Have to say, it looks pretty special [and, as always, it’s a marvellous hang; love your work, Michael. n(Ed)]

We’re dropping in the media release for people’s general info and edification…

Media Release - Kate Baker - Within Matter-1



















A lovely serve of the ethereal, gorgeous in that evening light.

On until the 8th of October – plenty of time for a road trip.


Gone but not forgotten…

Evidence in Possession: The formative years of Australian Studio Glass, an exhibition celebrating the first 10 years of the movement in Oz, has wound up now – but for those you unable to make it Michael’s sent through a very sweet visual bouquet…





The formative years of Australian Studio Glass

The National Art Glass Collection’s historical and international significance was the focus of this exhibition in early 2015. This exhibition was presented in the National Art Glass Gallery in conjunction with the fortieth anniversary of the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

Curated by Dr Denis O’Connor and the Gallery’s curator of glass, Michael Scarrone, Evidence in Possession reveals the key role that Wagga Wagga played in the promotion and encouragement of studio glass in Australia. Australian glass artists are now world-renowned for their skills, and Wagga Wagga Art Gallery’s eagerness to support this artform as it emerged helped shape its future.

Studio glass activity began in Wagga Wagga in the mid 1970s, with visits from American glass craftsmen such as Professor Bill Boysen, Richard Marquis and Sam Herman. At the Riverina College of Advanced Education (now Charles Sturt University), lecturer John Elsegood established one of Australia’s first hot glass teaching studios. And in 1981, the Gallery’s director Judy Le Lievre launched the first national exhibition of Australian contemporary glass – the first of many and the foundation of the National Art Glass Collection.

Prominent glass pioneers whose work is celebrated in Evidence in Possession include David Wright and Klaus Zimmer for their ground-breaking flat and stained glass pieces; Richard Clements and Peter Minson for their lampworking and flameworking; Anne Dybka and Helmut Hiebl for their specialised cold glass engraving processes; and the complex sandblasted surfaces of Tony Hanning.

Also featured in the exhibition were the multi-faceted kiln-formed works of Neil Roberts and Warren Langley, alongside the free-blown hot glass of Peter Docherty, Con Rhee, Gerry King, John Elsegood, Julio Santos, Nick Mount and Denis O’Connor. Further displays showcased the innovative approach to concept and technique of Brian Hirst, Richard Morrell and Rob Knottenbelt, as well as the invaluable experience, processes and passion of international visitors Sam Herman, Richard Marquis and Bill Boysen.












EIP artists
The catalogue for Evidence in Possession: The formative years of Australian Studio Glass is on sale at the Wagga Wagga Glass Gallery shop.

For enquiries, please contact the gallery shop on 02 6926 9660.


[Thanks Mikey. n(Ed)]

Liz takes Wagga…

…and the Gang’s breath away while she’s at it.



Just in from Michael Scarrone is all the scoop on Liz Kelly’s new show at The National Art Glass Gallery in Wagga Wagga…

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is pleased to show at the National Art Glass Gallery Elizabeth Kelly’s exhibition titled Tangerine Gold.

Elizabeth Kelly’s art practice is currently engaged with the architectural and engineering potential of glass, and the built environment is a major theme in her work. Kelly is interested in how systems and patterns function in construction engineering and has adapted industrial production methods to small-scale studio practice, experimenting with techniques of multiple casting of glass components to make large-scale sculptural forms. She is also interested in exploiting the properties of natural light within these glass structures and colour is a very considered element in the work.

Kelly travelled extensively through Europe and Asia before commencing a full time factory traineeship in glass blowing in 1985 at the Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide. After studying at the Adelaide Centre for the ARTS and the Australian National University School of Art she taught at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Directly upon completion of her Masters degree in 1997 she commenced a three-year contract as Head of Glass Workshop at the Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide.

In 2003 Kelly initiated Studio Tangerine in Canberra, a purpose built self funded glass design and sculpture studio where she continues to work.



How fabulous it is.

And, look people, so refreshingly individual – what a concept.  With any luck it might catch on (ie that quaint old idea of signature originality/individuality.)

Anyhoo, it’s very cool, and very Liz.

Love the column biz, especially this little number on the right…



…great play on the art historic. We’d snap it up if we had (buckets of) the ready.



Effen brilliant.



More snaps here.

Exhibition runs until January 16th 2011.

Thanks Mikey.

Wagga Wagga, the full story…

Just as we’d posted the snap of the winner of Wagga’s National Student Glass Art Prize last week, we received the whole shebang in longhand, so to speak…

National Student Art Glass Prize: Winner Announced

The inaugural winner of the National Student Art Glass Prize (NSAGP) was announced at the official launch of the Prize exhibition on Friday evening, 12 March, by Kay Hull MP, Federal Member for the Riverina. A crowd of patrons of the arts and glass enthusiasts gathered in front of the National Art Glass Gallery as the Prize was awarded to Belinda Toll from the Australian National University for her work Time contained, an exploration of the notion of memory.

Belinda graduated with first class honours in glass at the end of 2009 from the School of Art at the Australian National University. Time contained, a series of dark orbs with glimmering images hidden inside, was chosen from a field of twenty-four students of art glass from across Australia. Three students were also Highly Commended: CJ Taylor from the South Australian School of Art for Leviathan (towards away), featuring video projection through a glass screen; Kirsten Costello from Monash University for The Fancy Rats; and Christopher Boha, also from South Australia, for The Space In/Between: 24 Weeks, an installation featuring origami flowers in glass domes.

All of the artworks on show displayed an extraordinary range of virtuoso skills in every technique, beautiful, evocative and thought-provoking. The judges, who had the challenging task of selecting a single winner out of so many outstanding pieces, included Maureen Williams, one of Australia’s most prominent and internationally recognised glass artists, Barbara McConchie (former head of Craft ACT) and Cath Bowdler, director of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. The exhibition was curated by Wagga Wagga Art Gallery’s Curator of Glass, Michael Scarrone, who said at the opening that he was “completely blown away by the support of the art glass community and Wagga Wagga City Council.”

Belinda Toll will take up her prize later this year, an all-expenses-paid trip to attend two master classes at North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland, one of the world’s most renowned centres for the practice and development of art glass. The two master classes are Building of Form, a solid glass casting and slumping master class led by Anna Matouskova, and An American/Venetian Experience, which will focus on Venetian off hand glassblowing techniques, neo-classical forms and clean line in blown glass, led by Dante Marioni and Benjamin Moore. Time contained will become part of the National Art Glass Collection at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, and will be on display, with all the works selected for the exhibition, until Sunday, 6 June.

NSAGP conceived and exhibition curated by Michael Scarrone. For further information, please contact Michael Scarrone at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on 02 6926 9670

Looks like a great time was had by all…

..and it was attended by all the important peeps…

Thanks Mikey, for sending through the good oil – and all the snaps. Makes it almost as good as being there.

Our personal faves were Kirsten Costello’s rats…

and Nathan Allan’s rock stack (probably ‘cos it reminded us so much of Brenden Scott French’s work)…

…and, of course, Bernz Foster’s critters…

Check out the rest of the field here. (Apologies for incomplete labelling – we don’t have a catalogue.)

Dr Gerry at Wagga Wagga…

Our fave feller in Wagga Wagga, the inimitable Michael Scarrone, has just sent through the good oil on The National Glass Gallery’s current exhibition, Gerry King – Into the Fourth Decade: a retrospective…







Gerry King
INTO THE FOURTH DECADE: a retrospective

Gerry King INTO THE FOURTH DECADE: a retrospective presents an array of work by renowned glass artist and designer Gerry King. His work has been extensively exhibited, collected and published both in Australia and internationally and is held in some twenty public collections worldwide.  Whilst orientated towards exhibiting, he is also engaged in design commissions and architectural projects.

One of the first Australians in the field, King commenced working with glass while undertaking postgraduate studies in the USA during the early 1970s. Originally trained as a glassblower he now works with a wide variety of techniques which include hot, cold and warm glass. 

He holds various academic awards culminating in a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong.  In the 1980’s he was instrumental in the development of the Glass Studies course at the University of South Australia.

This exhibition brings together pivotal works from King’s artistic journey through four decades of working in glass. While his work is now inspired by ideas, he has long been acknowledged as an exceptional craftsman of uncommon breadth. These works still manage to present fresh ideas and take the viewer on a voyage with the artist…

At night, on top of a bare hill I was abruptly and shockingly exposed to the brilliance of landing lights from a large plane.  It was akin to being instantaneously stripped naked.

Exhibition opening

When: Thursday December 17, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Where: Wagga Wagga Gallery

Cost: Free

Exhibition Dates: 2 October 2009 – 10 January 2010 

For more information please contact Michael Scarrone on 6926 9660 or email scarronem@wagga.nsw.gov.au


But wait, there’s more – a swag of exhibition snaps…


Gerry K for Megan

…sorry y’all, no titles…

Gerry K for Megan


…for a mosey around the rest of the gallery, go here.

Thanks Mikey – see ya soon, eh?