Glass inspires Ferry Park artist
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.