I grew up in Melbourne in a beautiful historic home full of antiques. I was the youngest of five. My Mum was an antique dealer and her passion was glass, and our prize piece was an enormous leadlight window on the first landing of the staircase, featuring in the centre piece was a portrait of Queen Elizabeth the first.
So I guess you could say that glass is in my blood!
As a qualified Chef, I started playing with colour, and food, but chefing and family doesn’t really work as the hours are cruel.
I started making leadlights with Ian Readshaw as a hobby to get some “Adult time” and loved it. Then I became the proud owner of “Fairies on the Walk”. 7 magical years of faerie face painting, story telling & faerie design – what a beautiful time that was, all those happy little fairies, ( big ones too). At this time, I started making mushrooms in all colours and sizes, but not from glass.
I reluctantly moved on to “The Glass Studio” on Gallery Walk – Tamborine Mountain, where I was introduced to Kiln Fired Works, and Dichroic Glass, and that’s when it happened….
Fireworks went off in my head!!!! Left, right, and centre!!!! No more copper foiling! I bought myself a kiln. The rest is history. However, I found that kiln form work can be a little two dimensional….. So I found a local glass blower, and have been learning and practising with a more purposeful artform, & ten years in, still practising & honing my skills.
I also do “torch-work”, which is like, ‘mini-glass blowing’, it’s good to make small things that we can incorporate into a finished piece, or added hot. For instance, a small petal the size of your pinky nail turns into a large butterfly wing as the vessel expands.
I have always enjoyed a good challenge, and I push myself to do something different, and exciting, & have found that, in the infinite possibilities of glass! My heart and soul goes into the core of every piece I produce, and sometimes it’s hard to let them go, but I do love it when someone falls in love with, and appreciates a piece so much they have to own it!
So, Thank You for taking the time to read this, and for supporting our local art community. We blow glass right here in Tamborine!!!
Tmac acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands we operate on, the Wanggerriburras people and pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging.