Kayo was born in Japan and graduated from Sydney University, Sydney College of the Arts with Honours in 2000, currently enrolled in Masters of Fine Arts.
"I started engraving when I was in the University. It was a great encounter for a new way to deal with glass, make my own blank glass then work on the surfaces, using diamond tools to curve in and out. I have done some traditional motifs on the glass as well as new motifs. Now I work at Keith Rowe Gallery and I am studying for a doctorate in glass engraving."
Paddy Robinson has been working in stained glass for over forty years.
In her early career she worked with Stephen Moor and David Saunders, before in 1989 forming Finglinna Studio in Sofala, NSW, with Neil Finn. She trained in stained glass with Edward Marr in Belfast, Northern Ireland and later in engraving with Anne Dybka in Sydney.
Her exhibition work is usually highly personal in imagery. Her commission work, usually in public buildings, such as churches or clubs is either modern or traditional in style and technique, this work is placed architecturally throughout NSW.
Her exhibition work has been collected in Australia, America, Britain and the Czech Republic. Paddy was instrumental in beginning teaching architectural and stained glass at Nepean CAE ( later University of Western Sydney) and since moving out of Sydney has taught privately and at the Western Institute of TAFE.
"My major interest in ceramics lies in the effects of the fire, effects that are uniquely ceramic … I am searching for particular qualities of glaze and form. Working with clay is about a relationship with one of the commonest of the earth's materials.
I value a good sense of design and craftsmanship … I appreciate and respect the craft base of working with clay and hence I have chosen the vessel as my main means of expression."
Carol Endean Little
"I work across the disciplines – painting, drawing, print-making, sculpture – enjoying the experimentation and challenges.
I am intrigued by light, space, time; the way the ‘void’ can have as much weight and meaning as the form … When working with the human figure, it is the poignancy and dichotomies of human life I explore; our vulnerability, our strength and fragility.
My training has been in Fine Arts and Welding at the Western Institute of TAFE and in intensive short courses and workshops with practising artists. I have been a full time practising artist since 2001 and have exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Australia. In 2004 I was Artist in Residence in Hill End, NSW."
"I live in Bathurst in the central west of NSW… my clay work began in Young in 1973. Calligraphy began 15 years later whilst in Grenfell. I value the opportunity I have been given to combine my love for calligraphy with my passion for clay and turn them into beautiful works of art.
"After a long career teaching ceramics in the TAFE system, I was challenged to pursue further studies, a Master of Arts degree through Charles Sturt University. It was when I seriously undertook to combine my calligraphy skills with clay work that my pottery was pushed into the realm of artwork."
Robert Fry is an Australian born wood sculptor with a love for our country’s native flora and fauna and a frequent winner of scuplture awards across Australia. Visual interpretation of each burl guides the self taught carving skills to expose the subject hidden within. His highly collectible pieces are selected to draw attention, to spotlight our threatened wildlife, and to display our unique timbers.
Jon Firth met high profile Sydney glass artist Marc Grunseit in 1984. He was trained by Marc in both stained and kiln formed glass for more than a year. Jon and his wife Sue moved to Darwin where he set up his studio Unicorn in the light industrial area of Coconut Grove. He has undergone extensive further training, perfecting his skills and expanding his knowledge.
In 1996 he toured France and the UK researching glass, both ancient and modern. He is involved with the local visual art, craft and design body Territory Craft. Jon's kiln formed glass has been acquired by collectors from all over the world. It has also been presented to a number of world leaders by the NT Government. His stained glass adorns churches in and around Darwin as well as many private homes.
It is almost impossible not to run a hand over Des McKenna’s pieces. Indeed Des encourages people to touch his works as he feels this is both therapeutic for the ‘toucher’ and for the sculpture as it leaves residues of body oils. Des McKenna’s works are exhibited in galleries, museums and personal collections both here and overseas. Des uses fallen timber from the forest floor taken with a permit.
TIM MILLER: Rockley artist and teacher at the Juliam Ashton Art School. Tim's work is represented in many public and private collections inlcuding The National Museum of Australia and Parliament House Canberra.
GREG HYDE showing in October-November 2012. More details nearer the time!
AUTUMN 2012: Wonderful Wildlife celebrates Australia's wealth of fauna, with works by Merilyn Rice, Amanda Agustin, Molly Smith, Marie Billington, Toni Dwyer and Sandra Chapman
WINTER 2012: Local villages and vistas featuring exquisite work from Robyn Bell and Jo Fernandez
SPRING 2012: Nudes in September, all full of life and loveliness. Artists inlcude Catherine Love, Catherine Hale, Carol Endean-Little, Heather Dunn and Merilyn Rice.
CATHERINE FOX: Catherine Fox’s work for ‘Homeland’ is derived from a time of stewardship over the landholding on the Duckmaloi River near Oberon where she lived with husband Paul. The clarity of the light and the seasonal changes along the river inspired Catherine to record this steep, wooded landscape.
Bridget Thomas lives and works in Sofala, NSW, at Finglinna Studios and at Canberra Glass. In 2008 she graduated from Canberra’s Australian National University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours in Glass, and has worked with Richard Whiteley. Her work, primarily engraving and coldwork, has been exhibited at the Glass Artists’ Gallery in Glebe, and at Warpstanza Gallery in Bathurst.
Her recent Master Class in copper wheel work with Alistair Gordon resulted in intricate cameo work. Bridget is the daughter of glass artist Paddy Robinson – her beautiful cameo tea cup featured in Fox’s “Scratch the Surface” exhibition for the first time.
"I grew up in the south east of Ireland, an area rich in ancient crafts. At just 15 years of age I … was accepted into Waterford Crystal on a five year apprenticeship. After 10 years I became a Master Blower. Needing a new and exciting challenge I decided to leave Waterford after 14 years. I have now found that challenge in Australia, finally settling in Noosa, Queensland. Inspired by the reefs, rainforests and my days at Waterford, I continue to create my craft.
The carved or incised 'Calligraphy in Stone', (Letter Cutting), is an absolute pleasure to create and is intended to provoke thought and or memories. These incised stone objects can take many forms, such as garden seats & tables, wall or tree hangings, water features or memorials. Calligraphy is the art of 'beautiful writing', why not write in stone.