GoodLife: Peninsula Style, Issue 45, Page 027 (transcription)

Studio Glass in the Hinterland Gordon Studio Glassblowers combines a welcoming studio and gallery in a beautiful rural setting, where skilled resident artisans practice the age-old art of glassblowing, a craft whose traditions go back thousands of years.
The Studio is home to Eileen Gordon and Grant Donaldson, members of the Gordon family, the most internationally celebrated glass family in Australia.
The Gallery showcases a large vocabulary of blown forms that are the result of the artist s extended experimentation, mastery of colour and scale, plus a full understanding of the capricious nature of glassblowing.
Recently Grant has been working on bespoke sculptural commissions for an increasing number of clients.
Grants pieces intrinsically connect the fluid nature of glass with the medium of iron, resulting in unique works of art that speak to the environments in which they are placed.
Several superb examples of both outdoor and indoor sculpture are currently on display in the gallery and its gardens.
In addition to the works of Grant and Eileen, the Gallery also carries a selection of major works by Alasdair, Rish and Kevin Gordon, each of who are individually renowned for their unique and beautifully detailed works utilising glass engraving.
Also available, a variety of hand-crafted glass jewellery from exciting local artists.
Visitors to the studio have the rare opportunity to witness glassblowing from the security and comfort of the light filled viewing mezzanine.
There they can experience the searing heat of the furnaces, observe master glass artisans at work and learn about the ancient art of glassblowing.
And for those bitten by the magic of the craft, the studio offers introductory workshops in glassblowing.
Each workshop gives participants the unforgettable experience of working with molten glass, and takes them through the full procedure of creating their own, one-of-a-kind glass art piece.
Visit Gordon Studio Glassblowers at 290 Red Hill Road, Red Hill.
The Gallery and studio are open 7 days, 10am to 5 pm, or find them at, www. />gordonstudio.com.au and www.facebook.com gordonstudioglassblowers 368 Nepean Hwy Frankston - opposite Officeworks www.boathousegallery.com.au Ph 9770 6119 Lyn Mellady Tues-Sun 10-5 Fine art, jewellery pottery from Australia and the Peninsula September 2-16 October 14-26 BRIALYN Michael Goff Lyn Mellady BOATHOUSE GALLERY McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park CURRENT EXHIBITIONS 29 July 2012 - 28 October 2012 Awakening Forms Vincas Jomantas and Clifford Last This exhibition explores the work of two pioneering Australian Sculptors Clifford Last and Vincas Jomantas.
Both artists played pivotal roles as founding members of the highly influential Victorian Centre 5 group whose lasting impact on Australian sculpture can be felt in Australia's architectural landscape to this dayFREE Curator Talk Charlotte Carter Thursday 20 September 2012 - Morning tea 10.30am - coffee tea muffin 5 - Talk 11.00am - 12.00pm - RSVP ESSENTIAL 03 9789 1671 Clive Stephen - Sculptor Melbourne born artist Clive Stephen 1889 - 1957 is considered one of the pioneers in Australia s modernist art movement.
Stephen s stone carvings of figures and animals are typified by their intimate stylized forms and simplified beauty.
Stephen would carve according to the modernist mantra of truth to materials so that the qualities of wood and stone would dictate a sculpture s final form and shape.
Clive Stephen s position as a volunteer doctor during World War I, meant he travelled to Europe at a time when modernism had fallen under the sway of major artists such as Jacob Epstein and Pablo Picasso.
Like these artists Stephen was also profoundly influenced by tribal art and in particular the cultures of the Pacific Islands and Africa.
McClelland Gallery Sculpture Park 390 McClelland Drive LANGWARRIN www.mcclellandgallery.com lyn.johnson mcclellandgallery.com T 613 9789 1671 F 613 9789 1610 www.gdlife.com.au 27

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