Canberrans took respite from last Saturday’s chill in the warm and colourful environs of the Canberra Glassworks in Kingston for their Winter Glass event.
Not only did they get close to the furnaces and glass blowers, but their insides could be warmed as well with limited edition 2018 Canberra Distillery Winter G&Tea cocktails, Bentspoke beer or Summerhill Road wines. They could even buy the 2018 Winter Glass limited edition Aurora nip glasses or schooners, made at the Glassworks.
Attendees met the team of teaching artists in this mini-expo, saw the neon installation piece, Electric Bell Jar, made by Winter Glass Artist in Residence, Emma-Kate Hart, and watched a variety of glassblowing, flameworking (by gas and over a woodfired furnace) and fusing demonstrations by internationally renowned artists.
They were also able to take in the lighting installation, called Southern Lights – beautiful pendant lights all designed and handcrafted by local artists at the Glassworks in 2018 and available for purchase, or commission their own design.
Local and interstate artists sold a variety of finely crafted contemporary jewellery, homewares and more at the Glassworks’ own market, Crafted.
The Woodfired Bead Furnace was back by popular demand so event participants could discover how the ancient Phoenicians would have created glass beads.
It was part of a range of classes for the young and old in which they made their own glass art.
Local photographer Jack Mohr was on site to capture all the action.