WHAT IS GLASS ART?

Glass art usually refers to large contemporary works of art, one-off creations which are substantially or wholly made in glass.

Art Glass and Studio Glass are smaller pieces, could be made in groups or limited editions of the same piece.

Glassblowing is an ancient technique that involves blowing a bubble into molten glass and from there creating various objects from vases, glasses to laboratory equipment, it was invented by the Phoenicians around 50BC. 

The writer, Daphne du Maurier, was descended from a family of glass-blowers in the 18th Century France and she wrote a novel “The Glass-Blowers” about her ancestors.

Two of the glass artists that Red Desert Dreamings represent Australian glassblowers, Nicholas Salton and Tina Cooper, have produced some amazing works of art in glass from fine sculptural pieces to to decorative bowls and plates.

"Glass is alchemic. You mix dirt together, burn it with fire at about 1300°C, which makes it clear and molten, you control it with water, wood, air and steel and never completely master it. I love it," says Lucas when asked about his choice of material.

Lucas has exhibited in Canada, Dubai, Germany, Japan, L.A, and most recently exhibited at the Onesimmo Fine Art Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida. Lucas also recently won an Arts Entertainment and Design award and an Export Award at the Premier of Queensland Export Awards.

"Exquisite", "Unique" and "Dramatic "are some of the adjectives used to describe Tina Cooper‘s glass sculptures. One of the leading figures in Australian Studio glass, she uses Nature - Earth, Fire, Water and Air - to create her art, reflecting her passionate relationship with the environment from which she sources her inspiration.

 



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