Artist

Mostly I wake as the sun is rising. Here in the Southern Hemisphere it is summer. The
sunrise in Adelaide was at about 6.45 today so I am riding to Yoga in the dark for my group
session at 6.30. The Yoga is taught in the Iyengar tradition which is transformative and I
have found over the last .....


Mostly I wake as the sun is rising. Here in the Southern Hemisphere it is summer. The
sunrise in Adelaide was at about 6.45 today so I am riding to Yoga in the dark for my group
session at 6.30. The Yoga is taught in the Iyengar tradition which is transformative and I
have found over the last ten years, that it supplements my hot glass practise beautifully.
Blowing glass has a rhythm that is a duet between the maker and the material. To be
relaxed but vibrant in both practises assures the best possible outcome most of the time.
After yoga and most days of the week I walk my whippet Woody in our local park. Just two
blocks away from my home/studio, Hazelwood Park is traversed by First Creek and includes
natural stands of River Red Gum and South Australian Blue Gum. Some of the early colonial
plantings from the “Hazelwood” garden can be seen near Hawthorn Crescent, including a
large Bunya Pine, huge Morton Bay Figs, an old Olive grove and a few leaning, tired old Date
Palms. Woody and I get to enjoy the changing of the seasons as well as brief conversations
with the other regulars.
I work the hot glass two days each week in the JamFactory Craft and Design community
studio in the city of Adelaide. The rest of the week, I work in my home studio which is set in
our over planted and productive garden of fruits, vegetables, topiaries and random
decoratives. I have a cabana as a cold shop (really it is a shed with only one wall that I like to
call “The Cabana”) and with the mild climate we enjoy here in Adelaide there are only a few
days each year that are too cold and wet for comfort. I work in series and when I am in the
hotshop I produce components mostly incorporating Italian colouring techniques such as
Canne or Murrini. This palette of objects is available for me to surface work in the cabana.
Concentration, repetition, pattern, mark making, the artist at work. If I look up from the
machines I see the Quince tree with its small fruits not ready yet to harvest. The grapevines
hanging from the wires attached to the entrance of the studio and the figs, just ripe with the
Rainbow Lorikeets’ starting to feast. Luckily the fig tree is very old and predates the 29 years
we have been gardening here so there is plenty of produce to share with the birds.
In the studio I have my collection of components. All sizes and shapes, all colours and
textures, some brand new and some dating back for years. I have been using the Scent
Bottle as a motif for years now as I consider it a never-ending source for inventiveness.
Along the way I have incorporated other elements. The Plumb Bob, Geometrics and Beacons
as well as interpreted shapes from the garden with stems of carved wood, cast bronze or
found objects. I like to present compositions of these objects as still life’s, allowing great
freedom in execution and interpretation. Often the studio is filled with numerous
components in different stages of construction. These develop over weeks or months or
even years.
At the end of the day it is time for another dog walk.
This is my IDEAL day. The day that happens in my mind and rarely in real life.
I have purposely left out the minor family disasters, grandchildren time, telephone calls,
emails, visitors, bill paying, client meetings, trips for supplies, design, experimentation,
Instagram, Facebook, reading, writing, packing, shipping and promotion as I feel you all
know that the life of an artist is just like everyone else’s in its living.

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Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
47th year of our International Glass Exhibition.

We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: Saturday, May 4th at 8:00pm | Exhibition: May 4th – July 5th