I have just returned from a whirlwind adventure to the UK, Northern Ireland, Ireland and France. In three of these four areas, I presented some lectures, small workshops and visited some of the major art programs that provide majors in glass.
My trip was fantastic and all the people I met were excellent.
I did notice that as I talked to many students, lecturers and practicing artists that it seemed to be much more difficult to build a thriving practice without the support, integration and connections of a wider community. In the talks that I gave on my own practice, I reflected on my good fortune to have always been able to construct my path within areas awash with artistic activity (such as Portland and Canberra) as well as quicken the pace of my development through my involvement with formalized organizations (such as GAS and the Pilchuck Glass School).
I also focused on how I work to progress my path by first building a foundation of ability and access to support the structure and span of a career in art. I see this as developing the skills to build your way as well as the support to hold you in place. For me, I owe a lot to those who have educated and employed me and also those who are my friends and colleagues (especially Mel George).
Here is a link to a write up by Fiona Byrne on the talk I gave at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.
Now returning from this trip and back to focus, I am excited and energized to start back up on my PhD and all of the various projects circling the areas of my available free time.
I have just returned to Australia from the fantastic 41st Annual GAS Conference that was held in Seattle, Washington. I saw many great friends and presentations as well as worked until I dropped. Here are two short video interviews done by Andrew Page ( of UrbanGlass's Glass Quarterly fame) of me during the weekend (the start up images are flattering-I know):
If you missed the event in Seattle, I am sorry because it was truly spectacular. However, as luck would have it, we are busily working on the next conference that will be held in Toledo, Ohio next June. Besides Toledo being my home town, it was also the site of the 1962 workshops that started the whole studio glass movement in the United States. To give you a peek at the awesomeness that will ensue, please check this out:
It has been a hectic month of preparation for my upcoming trip to the States.
At the end of this month I will depart for Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Toledo, Carbondale, and finally St. Louis before returning to the lucky country. I will see friends and family, do some work and eat several tacos. I have also shipped over some work to SOFA Chicago. If you are in the tri-state area, come by and check out the show. Below are a couple shots of some work now in transit to Chicago...
I have just returned from a mega 40 day trip around the world. Before I left, I was helping Warren Langley install his 25 meter light sculpture "Touching Lightly" on top of the old smokestack of the Canberra Glassworks. I missed the opening and the first lighting, but here are some images of the project:
During the trip, I taught two workshops - in Japan and Pittsburgh - and had three group shows - at Morgan, Swanson Reed, and New Glass and Photography - all were successful and great experiences for me. Overall, it was an excellent trip and I was very excited to see all my old friends and make some new ones.
Now that I am back to Australia, it is time to hit the gym, get focused on accomplishing some objectives down here and working on GAS (check out an update here). Here are a handful of images from the trip:
Please click HERE to let me know if there are any topics you would like me to post information about.