The annual Festival of Glass is held in Drysdale, Victoria (Australia). Established in 2011, the Festival celebrates the beauty and versatility of glass in art, craft and industry and it promotes collaboration between people who work with glass. Unique in Australia, the Festival joins a handful of similar events worldwide.
The Festival of Glass is an initiative of the Drysdale and Clifton Springs Community Association Inc.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Bringing FoG to winter
Glass artists on the
Bellarine Peninsula showed off their studios and their skills on the weekend of
July 12 – 13.
Nudibranch on fire!
Queenscliff's Seaview Gallery in Queenscliff was host to Nudibranch’s Laurie Young and Christian Arnold, who demonstrated glass torchwork; Glenda MacNaughton ran
two classes on glass bead-weaving in Drysdale; while Pamela Manning, of 'Glass Fusion' opened
her studio in Queenscliff to the public.
This was the first of three weekends of Open Studios and
classes in glass-working techniques that the Festival of Glass committee has
organised under the umbrella title, ‘Festival of Glass in winter’ or ‘FoG in
A moment at the Dax Bead Art class
Doug Carson, Festival of Glass convenor, said, “We’d like
‘FoG in winter’ to encourage
people to enter next year’s Drysdale Glass-Art Awards and to introduce them to
the skills they'll need to so do. We also want to maintain local interest and
involvement in the Festival throughout the year, rather than just in February, when
the Festival happens.”
More events to come
Over the weekend of July 19 – 20, Lynda Rogers will run
classes in glass mosaics and glass fusing in Leopold, which she will repeat the following
weekend - July 26 – 27. That weekend will also see Open Studios by glass artists Glenda
MacNaughton in Drysdale, Ros Leishman in Point Lonsdale and Katharine Oliver in East Geelong. The final event of 'FoG in winter’ is a class in glass fusing run
by David Hobday in Point Lonsdale.
All the glass artists involved in ‘FoG in winter’ are
members of The Glass Trail, which they launched on July 4 to showcase their
work and to promote the Geelong area as a centre of glass-related activities. (see 'Message in a bottle launches The Glass Trail' 7July 2014 on this blog.)
Dates, times and addresses of all the events in ‘FoG in
winter’ are on the Festival of Glass web site (click on ‘FoG in winter’), which also carries full details of The
Glass Trail (click on ‘The Glass Trail’): www.festivalofglass.net.au