This particular egg was named by Geoffrey as opal which seems appropriate when you see the light passing through it however this one suffered from a minor accident leaving a small chip to the surface so a pewter frog was attached to cover the blemish. I personally think that in this case it works well and does not detract from the final look.
Yet another piece of glass by one of our more versatile artists this oil burner is in heavy glass with a stylised flower motif formed with the inclusion of small pieces of coloured glass in a controlled pattern giving the appearance that the flowers are floating in water.
This charming little jug has a rustic appearance, made of clear glass with blotches of white and a very pretty blue streaking to the main body fading to clear with a clear handle.This piece is signed by Stephen and has a dedication to his mother on the bottom making this very personal and touching piece.
A spectacular large conical vase in a soft mint green mounted on a clear glass foot and a thin orange rim created by well know artist Richard Morrell this piece has a wide opening making it perfectly suited for large bunches of flowers such as chrysanthemums.
This small bowl by Art Gecko Glass is created by slumping a piece of thick clear glass with the addition of some pink and white giving the bowl the appearance of strawberry and cream floating on ice. Slumping is formed by placing sheet of glass onto a mould and placed in a kiln then fired at a temperature high enough to melt the glass sufficiently to slump but not pool in the bottom and then cooled down.
This stunningly beautiful perfume bottle with it’s clear red body and a violet collar is yet another fine example of the work done by renown glass artist Setsuko Ogishi.A feature of this piece is the ring of clear glass trapping a myriad of bubbles that sparkle like jewels in the sunlight plus the crowning glory is a crystal clear tear drop shaped stopper.
Three large sentinels in clear glass that have been frosted stand silent witness to the artistry of Tegan Empson who created a series of these figures in varying sizes of which these are amongst the largest. Some of the pieces created by Tegan were coloured however these are among the more ethereal seeming to almost glow from within.
A cone shaped paperweight by Yataka Mizuno with a similar alien jelly fish design in a stunning blue. Better known for his partnership with his wife Setsuko Ogishi who is the principal glass artist and Yataka assisting her in the studio however there is the occasion when he is able to create the odd piece of glass. His work is exceedingly rare plus he signed this piece for me with his own name and not the studio’s jokingly saying that this piece will be worth a fortune in the future.
The design within this unusual cone shaped paperweight looks like some alien jelly fish with it’s tendrils seemingly floating in space. It was created by Yataka Mizuno who is the husband of the well known Setsuko Ogishi and indeed the studio also bears his name.
What a stunning paper weight crafted by the well known artist from Hot Stuff Glass Blowing Studio and Gallery Sean O’Donoghue. This piece is of a black lizard lazing on a red rock created by flashing a black glass over the red and then masking up the lizard on the piece and then sand blasting the glass to remove the black to the red underneath. Next the masking is removed to reveal the lizard shape and a further detail is added by hand etching using varying diamond tips giving the complete picture.
This is a slab of crystal that has an ultra clear view that has had an eagle etched using a diamond tip drill to the flat surface. the etching has had a white medium rubbed into it to enhance the etching. Designed and etched by Australian glass artist and collector Peter Lupinski.
Helmut Heibl created this pretty blue vase with a large flared salmon pink lip that makes it perfect o be displayed in the centre of a bromeliad making it look like a bizarre flower from another world. Helmut created numerous organically shaped pieces with some unusual colour choices.
This beautiful bowl has a lovely soft pink and grey combed design with flecks of pure gold throughout the entire piece in an absolute clear body giving this piece an ethereal magical quality which can be seen better when you click on the image and then further click on that larger image to view a super sized image that you can scroll around for the detail.
This vase is in an upright cornucopia shape atop a wonderful snail shell shaped base giving this item the look of a marine creature. It has a beautiful network of blue and white wispy threads almost like clouds or puffs of smoke. Crafted by West Australian Artist Gene Polt.
This bowl has a clear body with a lovely green swirl that starts from the rim and works its way ti the centre of the pontil on the base. Created by one of my favourite artists Gene Polt from Western Australia originally from Austria. Gene Passed away many years ago but his work is his legacy.
Here is a pretty fish in a soft pink and white mottle encased within a clear body. The colour is so crisp and clean that it resembles a desirable piece of candy. Created by Eamonn Vereker who is well known for his sculptural animals in glass.
This stunning perfume bottle in blue and white swirls has a thick clear vine like texture over the surface of the main body flowing down to a trunk style foot. Crafted by the well known glass artist Mark Galton it exhibits all of his style and techniques found in many of his works. Mark has a very organic style that is evident in this piece.
A wonderful bowl in a soft honey colour with flecks of varying colours on the main body of the piece then a trailing of a darker honey is swirled around the bowl and trimmed with a dark rim. This item has a warm and inviting look with it’s subtle but sophisticated form on a clear base. Made by Hunter Valley artist Setsuko Ogishi displaying yet another facet to her talents. I adore Setsuko’s work as she is constantly reinventing herself.
An unusual green vase with a drip design from the rim down one side of the vessel.The colour is a clear green and is a flat rounded shape making this piece a contemporary one that will look perfect in a seaside themed decor.Made by Ian Johnstone formerly of Sydney.
This unique paper weight is in a clear class wit a surface coating of white and black speckles and a free form shape giving the item a very organic feel almost like a sea creature. The name that was given to this piece is not just a rock and was created by well known artist Geoffrey Dickinson of Oasis Crystal of Elmhurst Victoria unfortunately now closed.
A beautiful spotted mushroom by Jemma Clements daughter of Richard Clements from Tasmania. This adorable piece displays all the hallmarks of the artist and bears the impressed signature to the base. The artist studied glass blowing with her father and many of the techniques used were developed by him although Jemma has her own individual style which I think shows in this sculpture.
These two paperweights are in the hidden secrets series created by Geoffrey Dickinson of Oasis Crystal At Glass.One is in a ruby red and the other is a turquoise colour coated in black mottling of cadmium. They are then sand blasted to give them a silky look and feel next three facets are cut off and polished. The secrets are revealed through these windows showing the intricate design within of swirling colours and bubbles.
In beautiful pink and white this candle holder takes a tea-light perfectly. Crafted by well known artist Julio Santos using age old techniques employed by the Venetian glass blowers for centuries to create a lattice effect by using thin white threads over the clear or transparent glass then twisting the molten glass to achieve this. The technique is called Latticino for obvious reasons.
Made by Hunter Valley artist Setsuko Ogishi this beautiful flat bowl is stunning in black and white mottles with a small square of gold leaf to enhance its appearance. It is a difficult task to achieve a piece of glass that is simple in form yet elegant in its beauty however this bowl does just that. The black and white blend together complimenting each other making this piece a valuable addition to a contemporary home being able to blend into any colour scheme.
Although not signed this paperweight is attributed to West Australian artist Kent Le Grand. The weight looks as if it has a lattice work of red,blue and white over a central white orb. The coloured lattice gives the appearance of the stars and stripes flag waving in the breeze encased in a crystal clear body.
Here is a very large paperweight by the master glass artist Geoffrey Dickinson. The piece is in a series called cosmic swirl and is in the blue colour which I think is the most attractive.It has a mass of varying sized bubbles swirling through with the blue and some tiny amounts of blue.After the weight was cooled it then had numerous connecting facets ranging in size cut and polished over the surface.
This pretty vase is in a sea urchin shape with multicoloured chips and a delicate design on the spines giving a ribbed appearance to the piece.The vase itself is in a very pretty soft blue with a sea green rim and is crafted by well known Australian glass artist Setsuko Ogishi.
This beautiful large bowl is made by Stephen Morris who is better known for his cobalt blue glass. This piece is in a fabulous transparent port wine colour with no other colours or textures to interrupt the clarity giving it a fluidity that only comes with simple form and design.
The egg shape is one of the designs that Setsuko used to make a series of perfume bottles in various colours such as blue,red and yellow which this is a beautiful example. The main body is in a stunning yellow with a black collar and base. The stopper is in a clear glass with a sculptural piece attached to the top employing the colours that were used to make the series.
These two beautiful glass eggs in blue and a purple are the creation of Geoffrey Dickinson of Elmhurst Victoria. Made from lead crystal that Geoffrey made from scratch in his studio. The colours are amazing with a richness that makes them sparkle as jewels in the sun.The light piercing through these eggs makes them look like stained glass windows.
Pauline Delaney creates some beautiful and unusual works of glass such as this small perfume bottle with it’s unusual combination of purple and yellow that swirl through the clear glass. The stopper is a simple knob style in clear glass.
This perfume bottle is in a white glass with a thin blue line that runs around the body of the piece .It has a large flared flat lip with a blue line around the edge and a clear stopper.Made by Gerry Reilly of Melting Pot Glass Studio in Western Australia this perfume bottle shows the diversity in his work.White glass in art glass is not very commonly used but when it is the outcome is stunning,it just seems to glow.
This colourful candlestick and pink bottle is made by artist Ian Johnstone. The candlestick has a soft blue central column terminating with a vibrant yellow segment on either end then finished with a lovely cranberry pink disc on the top and bottom with the bottle in the same colour.The top disc also has a metal spike to hold the candle in place so that it wont slide off.
A very pretty heart shaped tea light holder predominantly in pink mottling with white and a few odd patches of blue.It is in a bulbous form with an indentation to hold the tea light. Created by well known artist Setsuko Ogishi of New South Wales.
This blue paperweight although it is hollow it is still classed as a paperweight. It has the most wonderful delicate network of threads intermittent with lime green on the top and on the sides it has blue patches like an oil spill then swirling in eddies around the piece.It is crafted by the expert hands of Gerry Reilly of the Melting Pot Glass Studio in Western Australia.
This is quite an unusual looking piece of art glass as it has the appearance of an eye or iris with a central pupil crafted by the dynamic duo of Tina Cooper and Mark Galton under the banner of Martini Glass. Martini Glass was the name used by the two until they each went their separate ways.This paperweight is in soft hues of pink,white and green in a clear glass casing and a central bubble under a hole in the colour.
A stunning piece this vase is in the most beautiful cranberry colour with a white design of vertical stripes and dots. The shape of this vase is that of a waisted design such as a beautiful woman wearing a corset with a form fitting dress. Created by Sean O’Donoghue of Hot Stuff glass blowing studio and gallery of Queensland.
This large bowl in it’s wonderful colours of soft mauve and blue with clouds of white plus a small amount of cranberry pink is a part of the series that Setsuko called her Spring series. A talented artist originally from Japan and now an Australian citizen working from her studio in the Hunter Valley.
A small perfume bottle crafted by the renown glass artist Julio Santos of New South Wales. The flask shaped bottle has a mottling of coloured chips to the entire body with a red streak that looks like a lava flow from a crack in the earth. This vessel has a metallic iridising that shimmers with the light giving it a very organic look.
This small bottle is probably a perfume bottle however the stopper seems to be missing. The bottle has a wonderful iridescence over a creamy gold with rivers of blue criss crossing the main body. Crafted by the Late Gene Polt of Western Australia a true artisan.
This circular lead-light panel of a unicorn was created using a Sue Daw design as the inspiration and is made with a brown streaky glass for the head and a caramel glass for the horn plus German hand made antique clear glass for the background with soft cream streaky glass for the mane. It was made as a class piece by Peter Lupinski in the late 1980’s at the then Worboy’s Glass studio New South Wales unfortunately now closed.
Crafted by Richard Morrell this stunning piece stands 36 1/2 centimetres high with a beautiful soft sky blue to the main cone and a delightful pink for the base this piece can be used either as a vase or a dish for nuts or sweets when turned upside down.
This is an unusual perfume bottle for the famed Western Australian artist Alan Fox as the main body is in clear glass with a ribbon of red and blue threads swirl around the piece. A bit of a divergence from his usual and much sought after heavily iridised work this shows yet another side to Alan Fox.
These two ink bottles are possibly made by the same artist as they are similar in design and size. One is in a beautiful cobalt blue while the other has a mottled design in black over clear. Unfortunately they are both unsigned however I am confident that they are Australian made perhaps as end of day work or that of students.
This large and colourful glass egg shaped paperweight is in beautiful ribbons of white, blue wine colour and a touch of mint green encased in a clear body with suspended bubbles. A beautiful weight that was created by an unknown artist and is simply signed France to the base.
A large heavy cornucopia with the tail curling around a pearl with a blue flower. The organic shape is highlighted by frills running down the body looking like fins on a large jellyfish or squid standing on a starfish shaped base. It is iridised to give it a final sea form appearance this piece is made by Colin Heaney of Byron Bay.
This large and impressive latticino ewer is in clear glass with red ribbons creating the lattice effect. Created by well known South Australian artist Tim Shaw on a trip to Turkey and brought back to Australia.
This elegant flower vase or bowl is in a soft transparent pink with white mottling over the surface. It is in a beautiful simplistic shape with it’s lines that the Japanese are so famous for relying only on its design. Beautifully crafted by Sesuko Ogishi originally from Japan now living and working in Australia.
An axehead flask or vase with a clear body looking almost like ice it has a delicate design of orange and yellow with smoky white and shrouding the upper area of the piece. There is also a veil of small bubbles within the clear plus some larger ones that add interest. The signature is an impressed seal which unfortunately I do not recognise at this time so I am forced to add it to the unknown section however I suspect that it is a Mdina glass piece.
This tall vase is created with two points pulled up and then one is curled giving this piece a sculptural asymmetrical shape that although created in the early 1980’s it still has a very contemporary appeal in a vibrant orange. Crafted at the Leonora Glass Works which was a part of the old Phillips Light Factory in Newcastle New South Wales where many a crafts person had their start. Sadly the factory closed many years ago leaving many artists to find other avenue for their passions.
This desirable rose bowl shape is in a lovely deep wine colour with the most amazing decoration that looks like creatures under a microscope or perhaps some strange sea life. The patterns seem to have a life of their own as they float on the dark sea supported by a rich ruby red base. Crafted by Setsuko Ogishi this is an unusual work of art.
A rather pretty pink perfume bottle that is made by an unknown Chinese artist. The stopper and the body are blown into a mould as there is a slight indication of a seam if you look carefully. The main colour is a deep pink with some lattice work in a dark mulberry that gives a good contrast.
This beautiful pastel bowl is in a wavy naturalistic form as if it were a circular shape and then pinched in. It has a clear main body that has had pretty pastel shades of pink and blue with the odd touches of green swirled through a creamy white. This bowl with all the freshness of spring is created by renown Hunter Valley artist Setsuko Ogishi.
From New Zealand cones this very pretty pink and white Kiwi long regarded as one of the symbols of the country this flightless bird is recreated in glass. The colour is encased in clear and the base rather than the legs is a round paperweight shape giving this piece a very stable bottom on which to stand. Crafted by hand at Hokitika Glass Studio New Zealand.
Here is a beautiful vase in the cracked earth series of works by Gerry Reilly of Melting Pot Glass Studio in the Margaret River region of Western Australia not to be confused with the Melting Pot Glass Studio in England. This piece is in a transparent orange glass overlaid with a vibrant orange and yellow opaque layer before it is given the cracked earth treatment.
This small bulbous vase is in white glass with multi coloured splashes around the body and a clear glass thread trailing around finishing with a very quirky square opening. Made by well known Australian artist Tricia Allen of Victoria.
Rikaro is a supplier of Czech and Chinese made art glass in Melbourn Victoria and they have some of the more exotic pieces such as this Africa vase in the shape of a stylised cornucopia . The vase is nestled on a beautiful aqua blue flow base with the horn consisting of ribbons of coloured canes plus a wide band of cane slices down either side all encased in thick clear glass. The canes are made in the same way as rock candy and cut to lengths for use in wonderful designs such as this piece.
This pretty little vase is in the artist’s outback series which is clear to see when you look at the colours of vivid blue overlaid with shades of ochre and burnt reds as in a desert oasis. Eamonn is a prolific artist living in South Australia creating some of the most evocative pieces of art glass.
The bubbles design in this platter is repeated in several of Julio Santos work giving his pieces the look of ice frozen on a lake in the winter and this platter is no exception. A closer look will show the clarity of the class as well as giving a better view of the network of bubbles plus you can just make out the stamp with his signature.
This platter is in clear glass with a combed decoration of lime green and subtle shades of brown. It is crafted by Western Australian artist Peter Moorfoot who’s work is available in selected galleries.
The quality and shape of this piece is unmistakably the work of artist Scott Spencer. It has a beautiful footed base and a lovely fluted body in a soft sky blue.
A large pillow shaped vase crafted by Keith Rowe of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. This vase is in a design that the artist calls his bushfire series which is quite obvious when you look at the works. The piece has a vivid red interior with a river of ochre over an ash white and splashes of water blue. Each piece in the series is a little different making every one unique.
Almost disappearing into the foliage is this lime green vase with cranberry wings applied to the sides as handles that are cut for added interest. This vase was created by Ian Johnstone of Sydney. This item is unsigned but purchased from the artist at a local market in the late 1980’s.
A wonderful perfume bottle in an amphora design with the top half consisting of the richest violet colour and the bottom half in crystal clear also boasting a clear rose shaped stopper that is a familiar design. The stopper shape alone makes this instantly recognisable as that of Michael Hook.
Cylinder vases often look boring unless they have something special to draw your attention as this example by Geoffrey Dickinson has. The vase is in lead crystal and is entirely covered with deep ruby red that is interspersed with a huge amount of aventurine that sparkles in the light like glitter.
This paperweight made by Setsuko Ogishi of the Hunter Valley has a spiralling design consisting of a purple as well as an unusual silvery thread surrounding a large central bubble nestled in a basket of purple.
A very pretty perfume bottle in a spherical shape with a lovely rose stopper in clear glass. This bottle is in a lovely aqua colour which is one of the more popular of the range that also came in amethyst,cobalt blue a rose pink and citrine to name a few. Crafted by Michael hook of Resolution Glass now sadly closed down.
This platter is in spectacular crystal with pastel pink and blue ribbons swirling through plus a white enamelling to the underside that completes the effect. A modern and contemporary piece is perfect for any décor crafted by Geoffrey Dickinson at his studio Oasis Crystal in Victoria.
Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott are well known for their collaboration on large sculptural works and designer pieces which are held in numerous public and private collections around the world. This example is a simple jelly bean shaped paperweight in a beautiful cranberry colour in a thick clear casing that is then sandblasted to give it a glow from within. Ben and Kathy use the play of light to enhance their works by etching or carving the glass.
This paperweight is in a beautiful aquamarine with the controlled bubbles forming a network over the colour in an almost perfect symmetry. To get such an even bubbling can be technically difficult without having stray or out of place bubbles. Crafted by Wendy Fairclough at the JamFactory in Adelaide South Australia.
This vase is in a transparent brown glass with a decoration of small lengths of pink and blue stringers with white dots at the ends. It is a free form design giving this vase a modern contemporary appeal. Created by Peter Raos of Devonport New Zealand just across the bay from Auckland in his studio.
South Australian artist Eamonn Vereker created some amazing glass in series such as desert,forest and ocean of which this is a beautiful example with it’s network of blue and a mix of other colours that evoke images of tidal pools. The depth of colour in this bowl is quite spectacular with it’s transparent cobalt blue and a river of opaque cream containing jewels of ruby,emerald and amethyst.
This is a large egg shaped sculpture with dichroic glass ribbons swirling around a central bubble that tapers to a point with the colours forming a double helix underneath. It is created by Queensland artist Richard Lemprecht trading under the name Ricardo Glass.
This is a beautiful free form bowl with a lovely mottling of pink and white with the occasional blue. It has an uneven rim like twisted vines in a sparkling clear glass that enhances the beauty of this piece. Made by well known New South Wales artist Setsuko Ogishi representing yet another facet of the artist’s ever changing style.
This paperweight sparkles in the light with it’s mass of bubbles trapped within the crystal clear glass giving it a foamy jewel like quality. Almost the entire piece filled with a myriad of varying sized bubbles trapped under a thin surface. Crafted by well known artist Julio Santos it is a part of a series of artworks in this style.
This large bowl was described by the artist as a triple cased flamenco bowl. The colour is amazing with a transparent orange to the main body plus large splashes of opaque vivid yellow,white and a tangerine orange giving the glass a vibrancy of a flamenco dancers dress in full swing. Crafted by Tim Shaw of South Australia it is truly an eye catching bowl.
This is a lovely and delicate small sherry glass or goblet in shades of blue with rippling lines plus some amazing splashes of orange. Created by Gerry Reilly of Melting Pot Glass Studio at Margaret River in Western Australia this piece shows the multi talents of the artist. I am always surprised at the diversity of Gerry’s work.
A beautiful perfume bottle with the most perfect spherical shape has some very rich colourings of deep cranberry vibrant blue plus a golden yellow that when viewed with the light passing through it also creates violet and forest green shades. Crafted by Ola and Marie Hoglund who have a studio in New Zealand where they live during the summer and another studio in Queensland where they spend the winter months. Drawing inspiration from the land in both locations they create wonderful pieces such as this.
This Large sculpture is actually a modern light in clear glass with a deep wine colour swirling through the main body. The shape is almost that of an ice mountain which is melting with the top curling over, it has a height measuring 52 centimetres. When lit this unique lamp takes on a golden glow and the wine colour transforms into a burnt brown giving this piece a naturalistic appearance. Created by Mark Douglass who is well known for pushing the boundaries between art and function as can been seen in this table lamp.
This stunningly large and impressive bowl is created by Matthew Larwood in a clear pink with a white trailed design that is combed to give a wonderful intricate design. The size is certainly an eye catcher as it measures a huge 56 centimetres in diameter by 21.5 centimetres in height. Matthew has created numerous works of this scale that were available in galleries throughout Australia.
A very pretty perfume bottle in the shape of a heart with a clear stopper. The vessel is in the most wonderful electric blue.Created by Kylie Neilson this piece would look perfect on a dresser or a bathroom window sill to catch the light.
This candle holder is a beautiful item and looks to be made by Gene Polt. Judging by the style of work and colourings I am confident in my belief that it is a Gene Polt piece even though it is not signed. I have contacted Alan Fox and he told me to email him the images and he will tell me if it is by Gene so when I am sure I will edit this post.
This rather unusual perfume bottle looks as if it has wax dripped over it and then iridised to give it a magical glow. It has a stopper with a long dauber that reaches almost to the bottom of the vessel. This amazing piece was crafted by West Australian artist Gene Polt who sadly passed away many years ago. Gene was very good friends with Alan Fox and they opened a glass studio together called the glass nest studio in Western Australia. I have since spoken to Robyn his wife who is kindly writing a background and history for him.
A beautiful six petal flower is in shades of pink and blue crafted into a vase although it would be a shame to put anything in it as it would cover up the delicate colours within this piece. At this stage I have not been able to find any signs of a signature however it is well executed from a competent artist and stands without any rocking .
This beautiful bowl has swirls of soft pink, yellow ,blue and green in a clear body standing on a footed base that has been cut to create a finger like appearance. It wasl crafted by Don Wreford of Victoria Australia and is a fine example of his work.
A very pretty vase in a rich blue with vibrant orange blotches and a network of fine webbing connecting these incorporating some tiny chips of orange,yellow and green. Created by Maureen Williams in a desirable pillow shape so it will sit on a narrow shelf.
A wonderful vase in the classical shape of a Grecian urn made in clear glass with large mottling in a rich chocolate brown that has a beautiful opaline surrounding that creates a very subtle halo effect. This piece is hand made in Australia as a label indicated however unfortunately it is not signed by the artist.
This pretty vase has a sandy or stone look in a khaki green with brown undertones over a clear body that has been combed into an intricate design. It has then been given a light iridising to enhance the colours and give it a metallic sheen.Depending on the lighting this vase will change colour from green to a sandy biscuit colour as is in this picture. It is crafted by West Australian artist Peter Moorfoot who is represented at Boranup Gallery.
A very unusual perfume bottle in the shape of a woman’s torso with a brass or gold wire thread draped over the body creating the illusion of fabric.The stopper is a spherical shape representing the head wearing a large brimmed hat. The wire was included when the piece was being blown as in some areas it has been enveloped by the glass. This bottle is signed to the top of the hat with what looks to be Eleanor. Although I do not know where this perfume bottle was made I feel that it may be Australian however someone else may be able to shed some light on it for me.
This is a heavy solidly made perfume bottle with a butterfly design in the stopper and orchids with leaves in the body of the bottle. The orchid design is created using millefiori while the butterfly is made using colourful cane slices in the clear glass. It is a well made piece of glass showing great skill that the Chinese artist who created it possesses.
This tall tapering vase has a fluted rim with a yellow harlequin design throughout. Unfortunately this piece is not signed so there is no way of telling who made it however it is still a well made and decorative item.
This amazing oil burner is crafted by Chris Pantano in the appearance of an Australian opal. Born in Sydney in 1948 Chris is self taught and drew his inspiration for his pieces from the Australian landscape and the Aboriginal culture to create works of art that is a reflection of this great land.
This plate is made of clear glass slumped in a mould before being hand painted with foliage and a strange looking fruit. It is decorated by the renown Kosta Boda artist Ulrica Hyden-Vallien. This work of art is contemporary and would suit a modern minimalist décor.
Another spectacular bowl by the Queensland artist Lucas Salton which is similar to another one (see listing under artist’s name in this blog). This beautiful bowl is in a fabulous swirling design that consists of an aqua plus amethyst or lavender colours and measuring an impressive forty one centimetres in diameter.
This superb little bottle has a delectable strawberry colour to the main body with a soft lavender mauve swirled through the top and the flared lip. It also has a myriad of colour chips around the entire middle as well as a trailed design. Created by well known artist Peter Goss who moved to Australia from England and trained as a glass artist at the Jam Factory in Adelaide before moving to Queensland and setting up the Paraison Glass Studio. Eventually the studio was closed in 1991 due to ill health so this bottle was made rather late in his career as a glass artist.
This small but pretty vase is in a soft green base with white splashes to the bottom half plus a terracotta red applied design to the upper area and the rim with a subtle iridising that gives this vase a glow. Created by Helmut Hiebl of New South Wales it has a lovely warm look.
This is a very unusual and modern art sculpture crafted by folding and layering the glass and incorporating blue chips of glass with silver foil or powder plus the uncommon addition of copper threads between the layers. The back layer is frosted while only half of the middle layer is frosted and the other half is left glossy as is the front layer giving this item more depth than is expected with a work that is only three and a half centimetres thick. This sculpture is not signed so I will have to wait and see if the artist or someone else recognises the work.
This very striking plate with Australian Grass Tree design (also known as Black Boys) is created by fusing and slumping in a mould. Crafted by Julie and Laszlo Biro of In Spirit Glass Design. They hand paint all their items as well as employing a host of techniques including air brushing and using enamels imported from Germany . All of their glass although remarkably similar are one off artworks as no two are exactly the same. Laszlo originally from Hungary now lives in the Northern Rivers area in New South Wales where with his wife Julie they create a range of Australian inspired works from plates and vases through to large sculptural sting rays that can also be used as garden ornaments.
A wonderful piece by the world renown artist Gerry King is this quilt plate created using numerous techniques some of which were developed by Gerry himself. Gerry King first studied glass while undertaking a master’s degree at Alfred University, New York State in 1973 – 1974. Originally a glass blower he now works in kiln, cold and furnace techniques. His works are held in some 20 public museums worldwide, private and corporate collections, public and private commissions in many countries. He was instrumental in developing the glass studies courses at the University of South Australia, retiring as Head of the School of Design and Associate Professor in 1996. In 1993 he was the first person to be awarded a doctorate in the field of contemporary glass. Now primarily involved in exhibiting he is also engaged internationally as a guest artist, visiting lecturer, author, judge and consultant.
This is a stunning item created by the well known artist Chris Pantano and in his Dream Time series. The vase boasts all the hallmarks of his work with a Wandjina, a goanna and even witchetty grub as well as a bark shield plus the rainbow serpent among numerous Aboriginal motifs. A highly skilled work of art by a very talented artist.
This very unusual goblet does not have the traditional wine glass base but rather a triangular foot that has been pulled down on the points so that it rests on these. The pattern on the glass is that of green flecks and a subtle network that looks almost like oil spots on water. Crafted by the late Le Grand it is certainly one of his more unique pieces.
A wonderful cobalt blue bowl with white cloud like swirling stripes to the body. It is created by artist Patrick De Sumo who is a Glass Workshop graduate of the ANU School of Art Canberra in 1989 along side Victoria Anderson, Rozlyn De Bussey, Gabriela Ribeiro and Judith Bohm-Parr. This is the first item of his work that I have sighted and look forward to seeing more in the future.
This Paper Weight is in a beautiful cranberry colour that has an almost delectable appearance as if it were made of ice. The piece is made by Mel Fraser and bears the signature to the bottom as well as the name “Hole” which is rather obvious when you view the item.
A beautiful blue and lilac perfume bottle that has the unmistakable look of a work made by the talented artist Setsuko Ogishi originally from Japan and now living in the Hunter Valley New South Wales. Bearing the signature OM to the base standing for Ogishi Mizuno which is the name of the studio. Some of Setsuko’s work is signed WR for Wilderness Road the location of the studio and earlier pieces were signed with her full signature.
This paper weight is made as a hollow piece of glass measuring nine and a half centimetres in diameter it is an impressive item having an amber body with a mottling of mainly dark brown giving it almost a tortoise shell appearance. There is a richness and a glow that is a credit to it’s unknown maker.
A very pretty tiny rabbit in clear glass with a small carpet ground of millefiories to the centre of the body with small pieces used as the eyes. This figurine is undoubtedly made in Murano as the canes are all even and regular that is not evident in cheaper items.
A clear ashtray with an unusual white design that has a three dimensional appearance. Made in a square shape with the sides pulled inwards giving this item a more unique shape than a simple square. Made in Murano this small dish or ashtray has a simple understated elegance of a quality item.
This unusual looking ashtray is in red glass with controlled air bubbles to the centre of white dots creating a fish eye appearance. It is most certainly made in Italy as the style and technique used in this piece is that of the Murano factories.
This vase is in a clear yellow with multi-coloured spots over the entire piece plus the added interest of silver leaf. The shape is blown in a stylised cornucopia created by pulling the glass down on one side. Made by an unknown artist although I am confident that it is Australian in origin.
This is a very heavy glass vase that is in the shape of a goblet with a dark body plus a large amount of chips in a multitude of colours surrounding the piece. There is also the addition of gold leaf to further enhance this unusual and striking glass object. The applied rim is in a lavender shade to highlight the edge before the entire piece is iridised. Created by Paul Hayworth of New South Wales.
A very clear vase with some light mottling of pink white and a few spots of green on the lower portion gives this piece a glow that only comes from lead crystal. Crafted by Geoffrey Dickinson in his studio called “Oasis Glass” from lead crystal that he made from scratch using formulas that he developed at Stuart Crystal in England before coming to Australia.
Having a conical form this vase is in a rich cobalt blue with a myriad of bubbles suspended within the glass. Mounted on a clear foot and the broad rim folding over to create the mushroom on the top. Made by an unknown artist it is still a very pretty addition to this blog.
This beautiful vase is in a soft aqua colour with splashes of white and caramel swirled through it.Created by Kent Le Grand using his early studio name of “Red Hot Glass Western Australia”. This is a superb piece showing off Kent’s talents from an early stage.
It gives me great pleasure and an honour to be able to introduce to the world a fantastic new talent in glass blowing “Barnabas Le Grand son of the late Kent Le Grand” who is so talented that I feel he will go far. It makes me very happy to see that the future of art glass in Australia is in such good hands. This paperweight is every bit as beautiful as any that I have seen from seasoned professionals it has a beautiful green mottling that sparkles in the light under a deep cobalt blue sky. It is created by Barnabas at Gerry Reilly’s Melting Pot Glass Studio in Margaret River Western Australia in April 2012 at the age of thirteen. Barnabas is a true artist plus with the aid of his family and friends such Gerry Reilly, Peter Reynolds and Alan Fox his talents will continue to grow . I predict that he is one glass artist to watch out for in the future.
This is a very pretty little paperweight created by Barnabas Le Grand in April 2012 at the Melting pot Studio in Western Australia. It is quite a beautiful item which looks like a swirl of blue fish in a clear sea and glows with inner beauty. Barnabas Grew up watching his father blowing glass and obviously his talents were nurtured and encouraged for him to be able to produce such wonderful works as the ones in this blog. I look forward to see more of his work in the future.
Perhaps one of the last major works of art created by the late Kent Le Grand of Western Australia originally offered to a leading gallery it is now in a private collection. This piece is in a deep forest green with an enormous amount of gold leaf applied to the under side then a trailed decoration of red and blue like toffee is added over the gold. It is mounted on a clear wave swirl base to finish off the design that shimmers like butterfly wings truly a stunning piece. This bowl is a lasting testament to a most remarkable man with only the use of one arm as it weighs more than four kilos and would have been difficult to manipulate on the end of a six foot blow pipe even with an assistant. Few artists with the use of both arms rarely tackle such large pieces as they are heavy and need constant attention while being made.
This magnificent vase is in an oriental design mounted on a wave shaped base. The main body is covered in a red leopard like pattern that comes together in swirls around the piece. This item was fumed in silver oxide to give it a richness that appears as a blue background resulting in an oriental jewel fit for an Emperor.
This beautiful pillow shaped vase has flattened sides which is in the most glorious clear amethyst purple with a trailed design that wraps around the body of the piece. Created by well known artist Tricia Allen it needs nothing more than sunlight to show it off.
A superb paperweight in the form of an egg showing off the talents of master glass blower Kent Le Grand is an impressive work of art in a small package. This piece is created with a beautiful blue coral like centre housing a single bubble within and a bright red ribbon on one side with gold leaf on the reverse. The gold leaf appears through small fissures in the ribbon giving this piece a brocade appearance.
A wonderful wave bowl with an applied foot is colourful with it’s multi-coloured splashes creating eddies around the piece make it quite festive like fireworks in glass. Created in Western Australia by Kent Le Grand it is another superb example of a master glass blower’s work.
This wave bowl is another variation of Kent Le Grand’s designs with a lovely blue and pink swirl through the glass. It is very pretty and can double as a vase or simply a display item.
This pretty bowl is in a clear sky blue in a wavy form with a netting of the same coloured glass that appears slightly darker. It would be perfect for a contemporary home with white walls and a turquoise blue theme. Crafted by well known late artist Kent Le Grand it is one of many designs made by this talented artist.
These two large snails one in pink and blue and the other one is just pink look as if they were taken straight from the children’s story book of Dr Doolittle with the giant pink sea snail. A delightful creation by Kent Le Grand these can be used as paperweights or simply displayed on a window sill to catch the sunlight.
This beautiful vase has a vibrant yellow upper area with a tangerine orange rim and a netting also in the same colour to the lower portion. The netting has a slight raised feel to it making this piece a very tactile item. It is crafted by Kent Le Grand with its contemporary look it is bright and cheerful.
With it’s old gold colour and subtle touches of pink having a combed design this vase displays beautifully on it’s own however it also looks pretty with a small posy of flowers. Made in Western Australia by Kent Le Grand at his studio in Witchcliffe this piece as unique as the artist that created it.
These two citrus squeezers as well as being useful conversation pieces they are also very decorative and can be left out on display. The shape of the handle with its ridges gives a firm grip for ease of use while making your morning juice or just to squeeze some lemon on fish. Made by well known artist Kent Le Grand of Western Australia who sadly passed away early in 2011 they will become a collector item.
One of the more stunning pieces of contemporary art glass that I have seen for a long time is this blue and creamy yellow bowl with a tribal style design. It is no less than spectacular especially where the sunlight has the opportunity to stream through showing off the pattern from both without and within. Crafted by the master glass blower Julio Santos who’s work is available in numerous galleries around Australia it is certainly a credit to his ability.
The colour of this piece is a wonderful soft peach that fades to almost a cream at the base with a violet rim and a design that is made of fine ribbon canes in a zig zag pattern evoking an image of a sandy desert at sunset with snake markings left behind in the sand. Created by Bernard Stonor of Kangaroo Island this piece is pure style.
This unusual picture of a grass tree (or Black Boy) is crafted by Alison Mortiss of Creative Moods Stained Glass Studio. Formed by fusing layers of glass with chips, stringers and frits of varying grades assembled to create the design and then fired. This type of work is called warm glass as it uses a kiln and cold glass pieces arranged rather than a furnace which uses molten glass to produce the items. Alison uses Spectrum System 96 glass for her artworks so that the coefficient is compatible (which means that the shrinkage rate of the glass pieces is similar to prevent cracking). In certain lights with the iridising to the surface this piece looks like a grass tree in the desert at sunset.
These two beautiful blue glass eggs are a delight for display at Easter or any time of the year. One is speckled with a blue and white almost crystalline design looking rather like snowflakes or florets as though it were enamelled over a clear body. The other has a large bubble piercing through a cobalt blue splash that swirls inside with bubbling to the blue creating internal nodules. Although they are not signed I was assured that they are Australian and indeed I have seen this style of work before however for the life of me I can not remember the artist either.
This stunning pumpkin flower is truly a work of art created by well known glass artist Jack Pine in his studio at Columbus Ohio. Jack is best known for his pumpkins and gourds but he also makes other objects including humming bird feeders. This flower measures fourteen inches long and seven inches across at the widest point. It has a beautiful lilac colour on the inside plus a white and lilac mottling to the outside with golden ribs and a black rim to the edge before being coated in a soft pearl finish. The stem which coils like a spring is in the most glorious gold finish. This piece is an impressive sculptural decorator item or can be used as a centrepiece on a table.
This beautiful platter is in the most delicate shades of opaque sky blue fading to a clear blue. The colour of this piece is quite modern and would look wonderful in a bathroom arranged with soaps and sponges. Crafted by Robert Gatt of Port Fairy Victoria.
This is a large heavy vase with iridising that ranges from a vivid blue through vibrant green to a rosy blush with splashes of yellow and orange tones. There are two clear frills running down the sides that give this artwork a rather organic appearance like a large sea creature.
This is yet another of artist Jemma Clement’s creations looking like a pretty little candle that has a glow of it’s own with a vibrant colour pallet and patterns.Made of borosilicate glass it is very durable as well as useful to hold that special scent.
This spherical vase in a soft candy pink with a darker pink swirl that wraps around the body. Created by Michael Hook this is certainly different as he is more recognised for perfume bottles of simplistic stylish lines using colour and textural elements such as air bubbles.
This is a stunning and colourful piece bearing all of Queensland artist Tina Cooper’s hallmarks with its vibrant colour that is typical of her style in the shell form series. The shell form has a bright yellow interior with multi-coloured mottling and a vivid blue iridescent coating to further enhance the item. Tina has been a prolific glass artist for many years and her work is collected both here in Australia as well as gaining respect overseas pushing the value of her work up.
In a traditional amphora shape with a wide flared rim in a beautiful sky blue and white cloud like appearance. It also has gold threads that run the length of the piece looking as though it is long thin grass blowing in the breeze against the summer blue sky. Mounted on a footed base it is created by Queensland artist Greg Royer.
A very pretty ruffled or fluted vase with a pale bone or cream body and a speckling of yellow then a black trailing around the piece and on the rim to contrast. Made by Kosta Boda it is signed on the base “artist’s collection” with the signature of “Ulrica HV” plus a serial number U9859.
Looking like a blue tornado picking up bubbles as it goes on it’s way this paperweight is beautifully crafted in cobalt blue and clear glass. The signature on the base is simply “P R” with “W A” and is possibly the work of Peter Reynolds of Western Australia. Peter is a former trainee with Kent Le Grand at his Margaret River studio and is now working on his own.
This superb sculpture of Australia’s most endearing creature the endangered Koala is made by Swedish artist Mats Jonasson. Created from clear crystal featuring an intaglio cut design that has been hand finished to enhance the fur giving it a soft appearance to the edges.To view this item correctly it should seen through the front as in the photo giving it a rounded shape with depth that makes it three dimensional. The realism of this piece suggests that the artist spent some time in Australia.
This charming little Echidna is probably made in Australia and thanks to Tim identified as probably the work of Helmut Hiebl .There is a moulded stamp of “H H” with an “A” between the two but direiectly below. It is in clear glass cast in a mould and is intended to be viewed from the back which is flat. This piece reminds me of the adorable little creature depicted on our five cent piece which may have been the inspiration for this sculpture.
This pretty little vase in an opaline or semi transparent vivid orange almost tangerine colour is created by James Dodson of Tasmania. It is in the shape of a small pumpkin with vertical ribs that then flow into a flared rim which is cut and twisted giving this a very unusual and appealing look. Contemporary in design form and colour that will endure to stand the test of time.
This unusual tadpole shaped vase is part art part functional object. Blown from clear glass with a wonderful applied tail that is frosted to give an added interest to the piece. The tail has some interesting texture that has irregular piercings that act like small windows through to the other side while the totally transparent body gives the illusion of a fragile soap bubble. Created by the well known Australian artist Leisa Wharrington who tends to push the boundaries of design with her work.
A striking vase with shades of vibrant yellow and orange stripes swirling around the clear body of this piece. It is simply signed “Emma” on the base which I think may be an early piece made by Australian artist Emma Varga. I do know that she did do some glass blowing in the early stages before specialising in cast glass.
This is a spectacular Chinese made paper weight with a blue and clear jelly fish at the core consisting of a mass of tiny bubbles then a gather of clear glass is added. A black layer with gold flecks is applied before a final thick layer of clear. After the piece has been annealed a facet is cut on one side which is then polished to reveal the design within. The bottom is also ground and polished so that when placed on a light base it glows with a multitude of colours; a true triumph for the artist. My only wish is that the Chinese artisans making such superb pieces would sign their work.
This wonderful bottle is in a tree bark style coloured with a metallic finish resulting a bronze look. It has a beautiful blue smooth top with a white stripe trailing around the upper portion of the bottle. I first saw this type of work by Peter Goss in the 1970s at the Big Merino in Goulburn New South Wales.
This is a beautiful little owl in brown and amber coloured mottled glass.Blown in a mould consisting of two halves creating a seam to the sides which in this case enhances the piece.The eyes are hand formed clear buttons that are applied afterwards. The blowing means that this piece is hollow which allows a light to be placed inside or under it to illuminate it from within. This piece is made by Kosta Boda but missing the paper label identifying it.
Martini Glass was a company run by Mark Galton and Tina Cooper before they went their separate ways. While together they created some wonderful organic styled pieces such as this shell form in a clear glass with white and pink streaking. The body has some pinched nodules on the underside adding interest to the item. You can see the influence of Tina Cooper as she is world recognised for her organic styling.
This contemporary decanter is a wonderful inverted cone shape in a pure white glass cased in clear. The stopper and the trailing to the neck of the bottle is in pitch black glass spectacularly contrasting with the white. Wendy makes paperweights with sculptural carving for which she is well known and commanding large prices.
Night Butterfly is a spectacular piece of Art Deco sculpture created by the Desna factory in the Czech Republic using the original 1930s moulds after they were rediscovered in the warehouse. It is made of clear crystal which is sand blasted to give it an ethereal look before being mounted on a gloss black crystal plinth.
This beautiful perfume bottle is in clear glass with blue combed trailing and some mottling to the surface giving it an almost oil slick appearance. It is crafted by the highly collected artist Don Wreford who is based in Victoria.
Another large bird by Paul Hayworth and Paul Flett. This item is made of black and bright lemon yellow glass having lovely flowing lines. It measures 21cm from the beak to the tip of the tail and looks very pretty nestled in the garden amongst the foliage.
A striking multi coloured and clear glass bird. Measuring an impressive 22cm from the beak to the tip of the tail. This was created by Paul Hayworth and Paul Flett at the Hungerford Hill Vineyard in New South Wales for a few short years during the early 1980’s which is now known as Hunter Valley Gardens.
This vibrant perfume bottle is in the most brilliant orange that is cased in a layer of clear glass which seems to intensify the colour. This piece is crafted by Maureen Williams who is known for her use of colour.
This is a beautiful fruit bowl in green glass with multi coloured mottling on the main body. It has large ribbing on the outer surface of the bowl which cast interesting reflections and shadows especially in the sunlight.Crafted by Paul Hayworth and Paul Flett.
This is a very unusual avocado shaped bowl blown in clear glass with cobalt blue chips applied to the outer surface. The entire outside is then covered in a sandy type glass looking like toasted bread crumbs. The outer colours are visible from the inside with the rim and base being ground and polished giving this piece a refined sophistication. Measuring only 4cm high by 10cm long and 9.5cm in width it is small but beautiful. Thanks to Trevor for identifying this piece as being made by artist Nick Mount of Adelaide South Australia.
A superb piece of glass in clear with beautiful shell pink mottling to the upper part of the vase fading out before returning to a faint pink near the base. A myriad of bubbles forming a network like a spider web hanging with morning dew. It is in a similar shape as another of his works “Cobalt Blue Vase” found also on this blog. Created by Robert Knottenbelt at his Britannia Creek Glass Studio.
These very pretty dishes one in ruby red and the other in a port wine colour are made by slumping the glass in a mould using a furnace or kiln. Then they are hand painted before firing one more time. Next the pieces are assembled with copper tubing for the stem plus a red glass tile for the base. I am confident although not signed they are Australian in origin possibly from the Hunter Valley. If anyone knows the artist please leave a comment and I will follow it up.
A vase of clear amethyst with a silver blue iridised design at the top and a fine whitish trailing boasting a vibrant orange splash down one side. This design is a recurring one in Robert’s work although it comes in many vibrant colours which will match any decor. Created by Robert Wynne of Denizen Glass Design in Manly New South Wales.
This large footed vase is in a turquoise and mauve patterned glass with four looped handles in an amethyst complementing the colouring of the piece. It looks wonderful when accompanied by another piece in similar design and colours, for example a large bowl created by the same artist such as “Large Mauve and Turquoise Bowl” which can be seen on this blog.
This large mauve and turquoise bowl with its intricate pattern is a tribute to the artist’s skill with his chosen medium. The colours complement each other perfectly to create a superb piece of glass. Created by renown glass blower Lucas Salton of Queensland.
A stunning paperweight created by Geoffrey Dickinson in lead crystal using gold leaf, silver and other precious metals to create the designs within this piece. It is coated in a black mottling using cadmium then sand blasted with three facets cut and polished around the piece to reveal the internal design. This paperweight came in numerous colours such as red or turquoise with this one being the emerald green version.
This red cage perfume bottle was the prototype for a series in various colours so it is larger than the production pieces. Created by Michael Hook of Resolution Glass this is a superb example of his work showing the skill that was employed to craft some of his glass perfume bottles.
This cosmic swirl paperweight is in pink and blue crystal with numerous facets of varying sizes to the surface creating interest that catches the light. Crafted by Geoffrey Dickinson of Oasis Crystal Art Glass. Before moving to Australia Geoffrey was the technical officer for Stuart Crystal. The crystal made by Geoffrey was using recipes that he developed during his time at Stuart Crystal starting with the raw silica.
This beautiful vase is expertly crafted by Geoffrey Dickinson of Oasis Crystal Art Glass in Victoria. The vase is in clear lead crystal with a pink and bluish white mottling to the lower half fading out towards the top with its desirable fish bowl shape it is stunning.
This stunning vase with its conical form has a body of the most beautiful candy pink with a swirl of orange and flakes of cobalt blue. The rim is not quite tangerine nor is it a vermillion but somewhere in between with a vibrancy that compliments the softness of the other colours. Crafted by Glenistair Hancock this piece looks like the desert at dusk.
Made of a light green glass encasing millions of tiny bubbles which gives it a wonderful textural appearance. Created in the Hunter Valley Vineyards during a time of exploration by glass artists around Australia this wombat is a survivor of that era.
This adorable polar bear figurine was made in 1982 at the Hungerford Hill Vineyard studio in the Pokolbin Vineyards district of New South Wales. The piece is made of a clear glass with a faint mint green tint. A profusion of tiny bubbles gives it the most delicate almost crystalline appearance that sparkles like glitter.
A charming icicle drop shaped Christmas decoration with it’s iridescent colour looks perfect hung on the tree as it sparkles with the lights. Created by Sean O’Donoghue of Hot Stuff Glass in Queensland.
This unusual pillow vase is in a rich raspberry colour with a light lavender grey striped pattern on the body and an irregular cut hole to the top. This vase is in the form of a pillow shaped boiled sweet with it’s satin texture and unsymmetrical design it looks to be cut from a larger piece . Created by Stuart Akroyd Glass in England.
These two glass baubles are mouth blown and are quite heavy in clear glass with a thin surface colour cased onto the pieces. One is in a smoky purple and the other is in a rich raspberry with a crackle effect to both that sparkles when the sun catches them. Crafted by New South Wales artist Ian Johnstone in the the late twentieth century.
A stunningly refined piece of glass this perfume bottle is crafted of blue and purple cased glass that blend together perfectly. It looks beautiful with the light shining through. Created by well known artist Maureen Williams usually known for her enameled and hand painted finishes cased in glass. Compare this with the “Yellow Perfume Bottle by Maureen Williams”.
A beautiful paperweight made of cobalt blue glass freehand formed into an unusual wave or surf shaped piece. An iridised coating was applied which gives the glass a further depth of colour and texture. Made By Colin Heaney of Byron Bay.
These two perfume bottles by Bernard Stonor of Kangaroo Island South Australia features forget me not flowers in blue and mauve.The exterior is frosted with a facet cut on two sides and polished to reveal the beautiful flowers made of small millefiori suspended within. A dark plum coloured thread is trailed around the top to finish off the piece.
A smaller version of the “Garden Vase by Bernard Stonor” of Kangaroo Island is a pretty piece and looks as though fairies could live within. Made of clear glass with millefiori flowers and fine stringers to create the garden effect then frosted to further enhance the ethereal appearance.
The brooch is made of dichroic glass pieces fused together in a kiln which has the iridescence of butterfly wings. It is perfect for making jewelry such as this contemporary piece. Made by a local unknown artist in Australia.
This perfume bottle is called meadow slipper made of lead crystal and is created in a high quality mould by the Desna company in the Czech Republic. It appears that the Desna company was recently purchased by the Lalique company of France which was their main competition since the 1930’s.
This pretty letter opener is made using three glass beads to form the grip. The beads are made of dichroic glass on a steel rod coated with a release agent so they slip off when cooled. Made in shades of red with copper flecks that sparkle with the light they are then removed from the rod and added to the shaft with spacers between and finished with a finial.
This is a small glass rock shaped object with twisted ends which is used as a paperweight. Made of clear glass with a multitude of colours swirling inside giving it a colourful jelly or crystal appearance . Created by Sean O’Donoghue of Queensland.
The function of some pieces of glass is purely decorative. This piece is clearly one of these items, called swirling desert named by the artist himself it’s a part of a body of work that he calls slash and cut where a diamond wheel is used to cut the entire surface of this mould blown glass object. On the corners it is completely cut through revealing glimpses of the interior. Created by Tim Shaw an internationally known artist working from his studio in the Adelaide Hills South Australia.
This is a very unusual piece of art glass as it is intended to be a vase. However the openings are far too small to put anything in but with its shape and the hole in the middle it makes a wonderful sculpture. The origin of this piece is unknown for the moment although it has an Italian or French appearance.
Created by Schilling in Austria this piece of art glass looks like a blue sea cucumber or some kind of a cocoon as it sits perfectly in amongst the foliage . It has a wonderful indigo iridescent luster that makes it very desirable.
A retro looking perfume bottle by Sean O’Donoghue of Hot Stuff Glass Blowing Studio in Queensland. Having a squat form this bottle has a black body with millefiorie inclusions and gold leaf giving this bottle an exotic appearance.
This cream bowl with its pink and yellow barley twist cane rim is a perfect compliment to another of his works the “Orange Bowl” as one is bright and vibrant and the other is subdued with muted colours. Both of these bowls show great technique with the addition of the cane to the rims which is hard to achieve; however Bernie does it beautifully. Note the evenness of the rims and the perfect shape of the bowls.
This orange almost tangerine coloured bowl has a rim of blue and white barley twist cane which looks very striking. Created by Bernard Stonor it shows the versatility of this artist. You may notice that I feature several of Bernie’s work, the reason for this is that I love his sense of colour and style with highly refined techniques.
These perfume bottles in frosted glass look wonderful at the bottom of the garden as the fairy mushroom stoppers seem to glow magically on top of a bed of flowers. Yet another wonderful design by the very talented glass artist Bernard Stonor on Kangaroo Island.
A very tall cranberry pink cylinder vase has a drop of glass to the rim which makes it look as if the glass was melting. Created by Michael Hook who is better known for his perfume bottles in which he specialised. Michael had his own glass studio called Resolution Glass in Victoria.
This wine glass is made by Bernard Stonor. The main body is a dark purple or port wine colour and a cream rim with some random darker threads mounted on a wine glass base with a short barley twist stem. The base has the addition of seven small impressed seals containing a ringtail possum. These seals are added to the glass in the molten state using a miniature branding iron device. Then the entire piece is iridised giving the rim a gold appearance.
This tall perfume bottle looks amazing as it has a heavy long clear body with its inclusion of dichroic glass that creates an illusion of floating in mid air. Topped off with a very tall clear stopper it is an impressive piece. Created by Sean O’Donoghue of Queensland.
A beautiful cranberry pink perfume bottle with a silver line that spirals its way around the piece giving it a jewel appearance as it shimmers and reflects the light. This piece is created by Sean O’Donoghue of Hot Stuff Glass Blowing Studio and Gallery in Queensland.
This exquisite glass pen is not only decorative but practical as can be seen by my heavy handed effort in the included photograph . The shaft has a lovely pink barley twist through the centre of a clear glass ending in a cream and black detail before the amber glass nib. Crafted by Bernard Stonor of Kangaroo Island South Australia.
Thanks to Trevor for identifying this as a piece made by Australian artist Matthew Quirke. Mat grew up on the foreshore of Mooloolaba beach and now works with Tina Cooper in Eumundi Queensland. The vase is in a beautiful deep purple colour with a footed amphora shape and a broad flared rim.
This vase is striking and would normally be called a Jack in the pulpit vase however the rim is so exaggerated that it looks more like a red lily. The main body is black with shades of blue and a profuse amount of gold and silver added to the glass blending into the raspberry red. Crafted by Valletta Glass in Malta.
This inkwell with a single handle has a network of lines that crisscross the surface of the glass breaking up the iridescent blue giving the piece the look of butterfly wings. In France this type of iridescent glass is called papillon which means butterfly. The inkwell was crafted in Germany by Josha.
I call this perfume bottle “Starfish On The Sand” for obvious reasons with it’s beautiful sandy coloured background and the addition of a single starfish motif it looks superb. Crafted by world famous artist Richard Clements of Tasmania.
A wonderful piece of sculpture by Swedish artist Mats Jonasson. Crafted from a slab of crystal that has the design carved in the back. The pattern is viewed from the front with some of his work having a colour made of vegetable dyes applied for extra interest.
This small but pretty perfume bottle is in yellow glass cased in white with an interesting modern design applied then a delicate iridising is added to finish off the piece. Made by Isle of Wight Glass it is superb.
This is a spectacular perfume bottle in clear glass overlaid with a white streaky design and then iridised. A single facet on one side of the bottle is added with the same on the stopper. This is a very well crafted piece of glass with it’s quality and fantastic workmanship made by Heron glass in England.
This unusual piece of glass looks like some sort of other worldly seed pod or perhaps a sea creature’s shell in shades of pink with iridising and a barnacle texture. Made by Martini Glass originally operated by Mark Galton and Tina Cooper whose work is sought after by collectors.
This beautiful ginger pot vase was crafted by Robert Held of Canada. The colour and design with the red poppies under a blue sky evokes images of a Monet painting. One of the finest glass artists I have seen. Robert’s work is in high demand and the prices no doubt will increase in the future.
This vase is a very beautiful piece of glass with its abstract design and gold leaf inclusions. The multi-coloured design on a lovely amber base is overlayed with an iridising which glows like a jewel. Made by Canadian artist Robert Held.
This exquisite little perfume bottle has a posy of flowers made from millefiori that looks as if they were just picked then tied in a pretty pink bow created by the Zellique Glass Studio in the U.S.
This paperweight made by Langham Glass in England is called Manhattan with its controlled coloured and clear bubbles forming a stylised skyscraper which is encased in a black cage looking very ethereal.
This beautiful dolphin is in a clear glass with a white thread that spirals its way around the body creating a cage or lattice effect. Made in Murano Italy by Ogetti this dolphin rests on its tail and its nose.
A very bright and fresh looking vase in a lemon with an even brighter yellow design that trails its way around the piece which is mounted on a footed vibrant sky blue wine glass base. Made by Thomas Glass in the U.S.
This very pretty little vase is reported to be made by Newt Glass in the United States however it has now been brought to my attention that this piece is in fact not made by Newt Glass in America but more likely made in Europe signed Newt. If anyone knows of it’s maker please let me know via the comments on this post thank you. This piece is of a lovely sky blue with a modern abstract design on two sides in black, white and an orange yellow.
A superb paperweight made in Murano Italy has a bed of millefiori suspended within clear glass that then is cased in a vibrant yellow.The flat sides were cut off then polished and further cut with a star design on the bottom giving this a multi-dimensional look.
These three paperweights made in Scotland by John Deacons are superb example of the art. Created using millefiori canes that are cut into slices then arranged in intricate patterns set on a colour ground and encased in clear glass.
This refillable pen is another item made at VortexGlassWorks by Kenny Talamas in Oregon United States showing the versatility of this studio. The reason for the use of borosilicate glass (Pyrex) is that it is impact and scratch resistant so it is less likely to break when being used.
This green tree frog with orange feet on a cork screw shaped vine branch with a leaf in dichroic borosilicate (Pyrex) glass is very lifelike. Made by Kenny Talamas at VortexGlassWorks in Oregon United States which seems to be creating a range of wonderful sculptural works.
This paperweight is called “Flower In The Rain” created by John Deacons of Scotland. In this case it is a yellow flower that was created in the centre of clear glass on a blue ground. Then a series of controlled bubbles were added to create the rain effect before the final layer of clear glass was applied trapping the air within.
This goblet was created by Julio Santos and hand painted by Peter Lupinski using china paints and fired to set the colour onto the glass. Blown with a profusion of bubbles then was sand blasted to give a soft matt finish next it was painted. Finally fired to low temperature to set the paint to retain the matt finish. Had the glass been taken to a higher temperature it would have been fire polished giving a gloss finish.
This is yet another fabulous blue glass fish made a year after “blue fish one” also by Alan Fox. Retaining the colourings with a variation in the fish design makes them a nice complimentary pair.
This blue iridised glass fish has an amazing array of colours ranging from a deep indigo through to violet. Created by Alan Fox in Western Australia reflecting the hues of the sea and the west.
A very pretty vase by John Walsh with a white body has a network of blue, grey and brown patterns giving the appearance of pebbles on a beach with the ocean lapping over the sand.
This shell shaped perfume bottle is unusually delightful with a lovely cobalt blue stopper. The body has a blue and khaki coloured stripe while an unlikely combination they work well together. Crafted by Tony Trivett of Tasmania.
These two superb marbles with dichroic inclusions forming a cage effect were crafted in Australia. Unfortunately the creator is unknown as they are not signed but still worthy of posting due to their artistic merit.
Made by Gerry Reilly at Melting Pot Glass Studio in Western Australia this is a very rich piece that looks like a sea creature inside a tidal pool with it’s deep blue and organic patterns.
A spectacular cobalt blue vase is unsurpassed in a traditional shape with a very high standard in workmanship and clarity. Made by Robert Knottenbelt of Britannia Creek Glass.
A most unusually shaped perfume bottle in a lovely emerald green glass also containing some bubbles makes it look like green ice. This was made by the Gordon Studio.
Made by Gordon Studio this beautiful sky blue perfume bottle is cased with blue glass on the inside of clear glass. The collar is ground to accommodate the stopper giving a frosted white ring. The final touch is the addition of a rich cobalt blue stopper.
This is quite a pretty but small vase in a very clear glass with a soft multi-coloured mottling to the body is made by Elizabeth Kelly.
Looking great together these two perfume bottles one in a deep cranberry pink and the other in an opaline white are crafted by Richard Morrell.
This is a pretty little blue dish with an iridescence to the inside is made by Gerry Reilly of Melting Pot Glass Studio in Western Australia.
This unusual square vase is by John Walsh and has the most beautiful soft pink and white with an interesting subtle lattice design.
This is one snail that I don’t mind in the garden as it does not harm the plants. The detail is superb and the glass reflects the sunlight creating little spots of light. Made by Canberra artist Alec Paton now living in France with his wife. Their children still live in Australia and are considering continuing in the glass tradition.
This attractive little bowl looks great displayed on or with wood as the colours are a perfect blend of rich timber hues such as mahogany, silver birch,blackwood and ochers.
This paperweight looks like a tidal pool or a window to a coral reef made by one of Australia’s best known glass artists Chris Pantano who made glass that looks like a painting.
Looking like a sea cucumber or a cactus this light transparent mint green bowl has an irregular shape with some spikes pulled from the bowl giving it an organic appearance and is made by Leisa Wharington.
This glass apple was crafted by Setsuko Ogishi originally from Japan but now living in Australia creating some amazing glass art which is collected world wide. Setsuko has a very diverse style so you would always find something that takes your fancy.
If only this genie bottle was real and I could have three wishes. This beautiful perfume bottle is another one created by talented artist Tony Trivett.
This striking little blue bird is so pretty that one can’t help but to fall in love with it also made by Eamonn Vereker who makes all sorts of animals as well as vases and bowls.
Two elephants one green,one pink but both adorable crafted by Irish Australian artist Eamonn Vereker at his studio in South Australia.
Tasmanian artist Tony Trivett creates some amazing perfume bottles of which this cube shaped bottle is one of the more unusual with a candy pink stopper plus a pink and red thread swirling on the inside of the bottle.
A collection of shell shapes by New South Wales artist Setsuko Ogishi in a clear glass with the deepest indigo violet that shows through the Opaline glass.
A lovely candle shaped perfume bottle in some very pretty colours. This bottle looks as though it is a lit candle with the stopper as the flame again made by Jemma Clements.
This is an exquisite dish with different millefiori patterns made by Bernard Stonor showing the diversity of colours and designs that can be created.
Another perfume bottle by John Schunmann is this conical form with subtle opaline bubbling to the inside of the body and the stopper. A beautiful piece that just glows and oozes with charm.
Another Bernard Stonor piece is this larger blue floral vase with its sumptuous appearance it has a beauty that can only be made by a master glass blower and seems to glow from within.
This rich cherry red perfume bottle in a conical shape was made by Jemma Clements and has a beautiful deep colour. Some artists like Jemma specialize in small perfume bottles and beads so the result is spectacular.
Jemma Clements learnt to make glass perfume bottles from her father Richard and proceeded to create some beautiful works using a gas torch of which this little yellow bottle is a prime example.
This amphora shaped perfume in cobalt blue with applied forget me nots is not made in the conventional way of blowing it uses the ancient technique of core work which is made by applying molten glass to a rod with mud or clay wrapped around the end. The glass is drizzled on like honey, then rolled on a marble slab or stainless steel bench to smooth and fuse the glass together. It is heated and rolled several times then let to cool before sliding off the rod.finally using a metal tool the mud or clay is picked out hopefully not breaking the piece. Bernard Stonor is one of a handful of artists world wide to make such pieces.
This shell paperweight is in a blue and purple iridising on an amber glass and it looks fantastic in any light but particularly beautiful in low incandescent light when it seems to take on a richness that you do not get from fluorescent lighting.
A spectacular perfume bottle in dichroic glass made by Sean O’Donoghue from Hot Stuff Glass Blowing Studio in Queensland is a fine example of the art showing control and style. It is a modern contemporary piece.
Three perfume bottles from Bernard Stonor of Kangaroo Island are a delight to see and they look great with the sun coming through them placed on a window sill with a collection of art glass creating some beautiful colours in the room.
Another Bead made by local artist Sue Middleton is this lovely little green tree frog on a pebble and again it only measures two centimeters in length and one and a half centimeters in height.
This cute little mushroom bead is made by a local artist in New South Wales and is only two centimeters in height. made of soft soda glass it looks like it should be in a fairy garden.
A beautiful red ocher coloured perfume bottle with millefiori showing a spiderweb and with gold leaf added it has a rich luxurious look. Crafted by Bernard Stonor who makes his own glass canes for the floral discs used .
What a wonderful piece of glass and workmanship this garden vase with flowers and vines then sandblasted to give it a softer appearance looks very ethereal. Bernard Stonor has a command of glass that few people ever achieve but many strive for.
This very pretty writing pen is in the shape of a yellow lily and a leaf was made by Wolfgang Engel of East Bundaberg Queensland.Although it is a functional piece it would be a shame to lock this pen away in the office drawer when it can easily be used as a decorative item as well as for writing. Made of borosilicate for its durability Wolfgang creates amazing works for the discerning gentleman or elegant lady, check his web site.
An unusual seashell shaped perfume bottle in a soft pink with starburst or chrysanthemum shaped inclusions. A superbly made bottle that has a lot of charm and character made by one of Australia’s best known artists. Working from his Tasmanian studio Richard creates perfume bottles with distinction.
These two miniature perfume bottles were crafted by Penel Bigg of Fire Bird Beads in New South Wales and they were designed to be worn on a leather thong around the neck as they only measure three and five centimeters. Created in the flame of a torch they look stunning, one is a beautiful green and the other is the deepest of royal purple.
Created by Bernard Stonor of Kangaroo Island this endearing little orange frog bead is every bit a work of art even though it only measures two centimeters in length and height. A charming frog bead that I think deserves its place in Australian Glass With Class as people tend to overlook the smaller items.
A collection of three perfume bottles by John Schunmann of New South Wales. These are made of borosilicate glass (Pyrex) and are created using a torch rather than a blowpipe employing different techniques, however the final product is every bit as beautiful as the blown works.
This exquisite little bowl has subtleties in the glass and design that can only be seen by the eye which needs closer inspection to appreciate the delicacy. This can best be done by turning it in the sunlight to capture the beauty and magic of this gorgeous piece. Unfortunately the artist at this time is currently unknown. This piece is most likely made by Robert Knottenbelt and signed with a simple arrow mark although I am still waiting a call from Robert to confirm this. Robert has contacted me and he can not be sure if it is one of his pieces however has said that it could well be an early piece of his production work using silver chloride and enamels done in about the 1980’s.
A beautiful blue rose bowl vase has bright splashes of colour and a lemon band on the rim made by Hot Glass Studio ( Mark Galton). A pretty and colourful vase that does not even need flowers just a window sill where the sun can catch it.
This ball shaped vase is in a cranberry coloured glass with a metallic silver thread trailing its way around the the body of this piece giving it a modern contemporary appearance is made by Colin Heaney in Byron Bay.
An attractive vase in the desirable cranberry colour with some multi-coloured speckling to the bottom half. Made by Mathew Larwood in a beautiful rose bowl shape with a wide mouth and flared rim.
Quite a pretty small bud vase made at the Gordon Studio is a lovely blue at the bottom and cranberry pink at the top with some yellow or gold in between. All this is packed into a piece standing only ten centimeters in height.
This bowl is a wonderful clear amethyst colour which has two applied sea shell motifs as handles and would look perfect in a seaside cottage or a beach theme room. It was created by Meg Caslake of South Australia.
This little kiln formed bowl with a dolphin was made by myself using a microwave kiln and Bullseye glass cut into small pieces like a jigsaw puzzle and assembled on a disc of glass then slumped into a mould.
An unusual and irregular shaped vase made with a black glass and a white flowing design. Made by Paul Hayworth and Paul Flett during a short period in the Hunter Valley Vineyards where they had a studio before moving on. Paul Hayworth continued to produce beautiful glass and now lives in the coastal town of Lake Cathie New South Wales.
This is a beautiful clear glass bowl with a soft pastel green,pink and mauve design which looks beautiful when the sun catches it. Made by Leisa Wharington at her Mornington Peninsula Studio.
A wine goblet crafted by Scott Spencer with an amber body that has been given an iridescent coating with metal oxides resulting in a luster and beauty that is hard to describe. In all a wonderful looking functional object.
This is a very brightly coloured and fun perfume bottle created by Maureen Williams in a vibrant yellow with rich cherry red dots has a very contemporary look which I am confident will look as good in 100 years time as it does today.
A fine example of Kent’s work this has a beautiful blue swirling around the weight with a red and green interior like the centre of a volcano. Western Australian artist Kent Le Grand was a remarkable person. After a car accident left him with only the use of his left arm and using his left foot with his right arm in a sling he retrained himself to create his amazing pieces. For a right handed person this was extraordinary.
This light caramel coloured bowl has darker chocolate and white wavy ripple design to the bottom half and has a lovely warm appealing look made by artist and simply signed King 87. It has now been definitely identified by Gerry as one of his blown pieces when he was still blowing and is considered by Gerry as a very fine example of his earlier work. . It measures 17cm in diameter at the rim and 11 1/2cm in height.
Measuring 51 centimeters in diameter this extremely large and heavy glass bowl is in a vibrant lime green; blown by Lucas Salton in Queensland . Looking like huge slice of kiwi fruit it is spectacular in the sunlight.
A difficult item to photograph to capture all the subtleties that only the eye can see in this unusual piece in a purple-grey coloured glass with large white mottling expertly crafted by Scott Spencer. A highly refined piece of glass.
This pink vase with a white trailing that was combed to create feathering was made by well known and prolific glass blower Stephen Morris better known for his cobalt blue work.
Created by Elizabeth M Kelly a most unusual white vase with a kaleidoscope of colours splattered all over the body giving it a crazy and beautiful appearance that goes well with green foliage.
A spectacular example of the glass makers art by Chris Pantano looks rather more like a painting than a vase. This vase has an Aboriginal style dreamtime motif and some remarkable colours that transform an ordinary piece of glass into a work of art.
Created by Tricia Allen this large conical vase in transparent and milky cobalt blue glass and is quite a sight as the colour spirals around the piece like a silk ribbon.
This vase is a beautiful piece of glass. A highly refined item of the most delicate soft mint green with a mottling of orange and mauve trailing around the piece including an almost tangerine orange on the rim. It is a credit to the master glass blower Glenistair Hancock.
This vase is blown of a clear glass then flashed with a thin layer of lime green and black mottling which is masked up to make the design. Then where no masking exists it is cut or sand blasted to remove the the flashed glass. Amanda creates beautiful works of cameo glass in some wonderful colours.
A stunning piece of art glass by renown glass artist Jane Cowie in the shape of a lily with a white body and an unusual orange stripe that runs down the inside giving it an organic appearance mounted on a green wine glass base forming leaves.