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.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
A Murano glass master at the 2017 Festival?
Festival of Glass is inviting expressions of interest from beginning,
intermediate and advanced glass artists interested in working with Davide
Penso, a master glass artist and teacher from Murano, Italy.
is an internationally renowned glass artist and teacher. He runs a glass art
jewellery business in Murano, teaches at Murano Glass Academy and has
exhibited, demonstrated and taught internationally. Murano is an island off the
coast of Venice that has been renowned for its glass art for centuries; and
Murano glass masters such as Davide have world-wide reputations for their skill
and creativity. (www.davidepenso.com)
From Davide's 'Daniela' collection
Festival committee is inviting expressions of interest to see whether there
would be sufficient support to fund Davide’s visit. At present, his visit is
planned to include one-day, two-day and three-day workshops between February 20th
to 25th February 2017 at a planned cost of $400 per person per day.
There will be a maximum of 8 students in a workshop and standard tools and
materials will be supplied. The workshops will be held at Totally Shattered
Glass Studio, 1480 Portarlington-Queenscliff Road, Point Lonsdale, Victoria.
will design each workshop to teach specific knowledge and skills; and students
can also ask in advance for Davide to coach them in specific techniques, such
as applying silver and gold to glass; glass encasing; creating glass rings;
making mosaic, floral and tiger beads; and designing, marketing and selling
From Davide's 'Doppiconi' collection
who are interested in attending any of Davide’s planned one-day, two-day or
three-day workshops should contact Festival of Glass Convenor Doug Carson
by mid-June 2016. If there is sufficient interest in the workshops, the
Festival will contact the people who have expressed an interest, giving details
of the programme and requesting a deposit of 50% of the cost by July 1 2016.
The City of Greater Geelong's Arts & Culture Department has a fund to support artists' professional development and council officers have said that attending Davide's classes would certainly qualify as professional development. Applications must be in well before the end of this financial year; contact Doug Carson if you would like to know more about this funding opportunity.
A range of
visit could benefit a wide range of individuals, groups and businesses in
Geelong and the Bellarine:
·People in the general community can watch
Davide demonstrate world-class glass blowing and torchwork and have a unique
opportunity to try making simple pieces of glass art with a master glass
·Local glass artists and artisans can develop
their creativity, knowledge, skills and business acumen by engaging with a
·Local businesses can boost their reputation by being
associated with Davide’s visit; and they can boost their custom by hosting
demonstrations of Davide at work. Glass blowing is visually spectacular and we
anticipate keen media interest in Davide’s appearances.