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.



Australian  glass artist dances with fire to create some of the finest glass pieces to hit the international art world.

Tina Cooper, one of Australia's finest glass artists with a reputation internationally, is a resident on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, where she works with liquid currents of molten glass drawn from a 1200 degree furnace to create her masterpieces.

 "I am a rough diamond that does not want to be polished because my rawness has taken a lifetime to create, just like a diamond"  Tina says.

United States President, Barack Obama, purchased a piece of Tina Cooper's indigenous series for the White House.


The outback pieces that Tina has created are simply amazing, crafted in glass drawing inspiration from her trips outback to the desert and beyond.

 Tina hopes that people sense and share the depth of love and feeling that she puts into all her work which is a true expression of her own emotions and thoughts of the moment.

Her strong connection with the Australian environment is reflected in many of the pieces that show illusions of the Sunshine Coast beaches and her love of the ocean.  All these are richly represented in her glass art, making her one of the most sought-after glass artists in the world.