Glass in­spires Ferry Park artist

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THIS month’s Artist of the Month at Ferry Park is Penny Stu­art.

Tell us a bit about your­self

I live and work at Woom­bah, sur­rounded by the coastal heath­land of Bund­jalung Na­tional Park, the coast and the Clarence River.

I com­pleted a fine arts de­gree at East Syd­ney Tech­ni­cal Col­lege in the early 70’s, but it was a short course in lead­light­ing in 1978 that be­gan my long term in­ter­est in glass.

Can you ex­plain your art/craft and the ma­te­ri­als you like to use?

Though still us­ing tra­di­tional lead­light and cop­per foil tech­niques to de­sign and make lead­light win­dows, mir­rors and lamps, fused glass has be­come my fo­cus in re­cent years, specif­i­cally, fused glass jew­ellery.

This process in­volves us­ing a kiln to com­bine lay­ers of com­pat­i­ble glass, giv­ing a rich, deep and some­times tex­tu­ral ef­fect, and al­ways the pos­si­bil­ity of the un­ex­pected.

It is al­ways ex­cit­ing open­ing the kiln af­ter a fir­ing, you can never be sure what you’ll find.

What is your cre­ative process?

It’s all about de­sign­ing and mak­ing, us­ing a medium that I know and love.

Lead­light pan­els, for ex­am­ple, re­quire much de­sign work and car­toon prepa­ra­tion, the jew­ellery mak­ing process is much more spon­ta­neous.

Where do you get your in­spi­ra­tion?

My in­spi­ra­tion comes from my sur­round­ings, the bush, the beach, the river and from trav­els where I al­ways seek out glass, be it con­tem­po­rary or very old.

A re­cent trip to Ja­pan pro­vided stim­u­lus, from an amaz­ing col­lec­tion of early glass from the Silk Road to the con­cept of gomi.

‘Gomi’ is the Ja­panese word for garbage and I have used this idea to use some of the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of scraps from my work­shop.

What works do you have on show this month at Ferry Park?

Pre­dom­i­nantly, my fused glass jew­ellery, a cou­ple of mir­rors and a range of small mo­saic pieces, which I was in­spired to as­sem­ble from my col­lec­tion of old fam­ily and found china and rem­nant glass.

The Artist of the Month ex­hi­bi­tion is on at Ferry Park Gallery Ma­clean un­til Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 27.


ON DIS­PLAY: Penny Stu­art is the Ferry Park Artist of the Month.

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