7 – 24 February 2019
about the exhibition
“one three seven” brings together the work of five highly respected and internationally recognised contemporary glass artists – Alexandra Chambers, Mel Douglas, Benjamin Edols & Kathy Elliott and Tom Rowney. There is an extraordinary depth of glass-making experience within this small Canberra trained group, collectively 137 years. Each artist presents new work exploring the possibilities of this versatile medium. The perfection and complexity of their traditional glass making skills is often combined with innovative cold working processes extending the glass beyond its initial form. This show highlights the thriving Australian contemporary glass making community, and in particular, displaying the technical and conceptual prowess of these modern masters.
Alexandra Chambers harnesses a wide variety of lampworking and glass making techniques to transforms familiar everyday objects into stunning glass sculptures. Her current body of work focuses on the rapid evolution of technology and her nostalgic attachment to objects that are all too quickly becoming obsolete. These pieces tell histories, both personal and social, of the rapidly changing domestic life, preserving these memories in artefacts for future generations to enjoy. Originally from Colorado, Alexandra completed lampworking and glass blowing apprentices and courses in the USA before graduating from the Canberra School of Art in 2001. She has worked alongside many esteemed artists in Australia, Scotland and the renowned Pilchuck Glass School in the USA. Alexandra has twice been an artist in residence at Bundanon, as well as the Canberra Glassworks. She is a well-respected teacher across Australia and overseas and has been collected by Canberra Museum and Gallery and Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (National Art Glass Collection), NSW.