Tom Rowney has been working in glass for over twenty-five years and is renowned as one of the most accomplished glass blowers in Australia. Venetian style cane work is a constant source of inspiration for Tom, which he combines with his interest in creating geometric forms and graphic lines, producing both technically and visually beautiful work. Tom says; “I have always been attracted to the ‘glassiness’ of blown glass – by my use of bright colours, fine graphic line work and shiny surfaces, I aim to showcase the unique qualities that can be achieved through this wonderful medium.”
Tom Rowney first trained at the Budgeree Glass Factory in Adelaide before completing his Bachelor of Arts at the School of Art, Australian National University in 1995. He has been exhibiting for over twenty years and has been deeply involved in the development of the studio glass movement in Australia and particularly in Canberra. Currently, he is technical manager at the Canberra Glassworks, a position he has held since 2006. Tom’s work is represented in such collections as the National Gallery of Australia and the Tacoma Museum of Glass (USA), and he is a highly regarded and sought-after teacher.