After training initially in stained glass, I turned to casting in the mid-1990s. I completed my Masters of Visual Arts degree at the School of Art, Australian National University in 2003 culminated in a national touring exhibition called Memory Works. A piece from that exhibition entitled Tales of Migration was acquired by the Wagga Wagga Gallery, New South Wales for their National Glass Collection. I received two Australia Council grants and the Judith Altman Memorial distinguished merit award in 2003 and a Bullseye Glass, prize at E-merge 06 in Portland, Oregon, USA.
My work is represented in many collections, including Parliament House, Canberra, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and The Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne, as well as overseas and regional galleries and many private collections.
I am a storyteller; my sculptures focus on personal and cultural identity as well as emotional vulnerability. From a historical perspective I look for ways to talk about how future generations deal not only with change but how we retain the richness of our memories.
‘What draws me to the work I do is excitement about beauty, and finding ways to express ideas that others can relate too. I believe personal history is the key to our passions and what we do best’
In the glass studio I employ different techniques to acquire the desired results. Lost Wax process is the principle technique I employ which widely used when casting sculptural work in metal.
The object is initially sculptured in wax or clay. Sometimes I make a master mould from rubber silicon so I can replicate the work again. This also saves time and disappointment if I make a mistake in the process. A one- off plaster silica mould is then hand built over the wax form. The wax is steamed out of the mould and placed into the kiln so the glass blanks can flow from a reservoir into the mould when the kiln temperature reaches the melting point of the glass.
The critical stage of the process occurs here as the molecules bond together and anneal the glass to prevent possible breakage in the future. Once cold, the outer casing is removed and the object cold worked to create the desired surface textures and finishes.
This work is labour intensive and often I outsource skilled craftmakers in metal, wood and plastics for components of my work.
2014 Warhol Now, Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne.
2012 Eat, Canberra Glassworks.
2011 Identity: your, ours mine, Immigration Museum, Melbourne.
2010 Perspective, Shifted Gallery, Melbourne.
Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award, Melbourne.
2009 Animal Farm, Flower Show, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.
News from Berlin, Jewish Museum of Australia.
2008 In the Making, Craft Victoria, Melbourne.
2007 New Work, Jean Claude Chapelotte Gallery, Luxembourg.
Australian Contemporary Design in Jewish Ceremony III, Jewish Museum of Australia,
Melbourne, toured nationally.
2006 Memory Buttons, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
E-merge, Bullseye Glass Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA.
2005 Tom Malone Prize 2003, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Mind Maps, Craft Victoria, Melbourne.
2004 Soft Power, Span Galleries, Melbourne and Jam Factory, Adelaide.
The Judith Altman Memorial Judaica Exhibition, USA.
2001/3/6/9 Ranamok Glass Prize, touring nationally.
2002 Memory Works, National Institute of the Arts, Canberra, Sydney Jewish Museum, Sydney, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Craft Queensland, Brisbane.
Shin Kong Mitsubishi International Glass Arts Festival, Taipei and Taichung, Taiwan.
Australian Contemporary Design in Jewish Ceremony, Jewish Museum of Australia, toured nationally.
1987 Glass from Australia and New Zealand, Heissisches Landesmuseum, Damstadt, Germany, Romot, Switzerland and Chartres, France.
2014 – 15 Artist in residence, Canberra Glass Works.
2007 Studio residency at Berlin University, Karl Hofer Society, Germany.
1998 – 2003 Master of Visual Arts, National Institute of the Arts, ANU.
1996 – 2002 Kiln forming workshops with David Reekie, Katsuya Ogita, Ann Robinson, Jarimir Rybach and Tessa Clegg.
1982-1985 Architectural glass design workshops with Ludwig Schaffrath, Johannes Shreiter, Jochem Poensgen and Paul Marioni.
2006 Kiln casting prize, Bullseye E-merge 2006.
2003 Judith Altman Award.
1983 Australia Council Grant.
1981 Australia Council Exhibition Grant.
Parliament House, Canberra.
Ebeltoft Museum, Denmark.
Nishida Museum, Toyama, Japan.
The Jewish Museum of Australia, National Glass Collection.
Australian National Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW.
Art Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane QLD.
Private Collections in Australia, United States and Europe.
Margot. Osborne, Australian Glass Today, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2005
Naomi. Cass, “Cast from the Heart”, Crafts Art International, No 58,pg 7, 2003
Edwards. Geoffrey, ‘Craft Victoria’, October 1993. Vol. 23, No 222, 1993
Cochrane. Grace ‘The Craft Movement in Australia- a History’, NSW University Press, 1992
Zimmer. Jenny, ‘Stained Glass in Australia’, Oxford Press, 1984