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.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Murano glass master attracts artists from across Australia
Glass artists from across
Australia have come to the Bellarine Peninsula for two weeks to learn glass
blowing and sculpting with master glass artist Davide Penso.
Glass master Davide Penso (R) demonstrates a technique
Davide is from Murano, Venice and he is Artist in Residence
at the 2017 Festival of Glass. He is running three three-day classes: one for
newcomers to glass art and two for experienced glass artists. The classes have
attracted glass artists from all six states - Western Australia, South
Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania, as well as Victoria.
“Glass art classes have always been an integral part of the
Festival of Glass”, said Festival convenor Doug Carson. “At the Festival Expo,
people see a wide variety of glass art together with demonstrations of how to
make it. Then, after the Expo, they can attend a class to make their own glass
art. We were delighted that Davide accepted our invitation to the 2017 Festival
of Glass, because Murano has been famous for centuries for its glass art.”
Peter Minson at the 2016 Festival
Festival aims to increase local glass artists’ skills and to encourage
newcomers to try glass art”, said Festival committee member Patrick Hughes. “We
do that by bringing in renowned glass artists whom local artists may not
otherwise see. Last year we brought in Mark Eliott from Sydney and Peter Minson
from Canberra; this year we’ve brought Davide over from Murano. We also run
classes by local glass artists, whose skills complement our visitors’.”
Mark Eliott at the 2016 Festival
Penso’s classes run until 1 March and he returns to Murano on 2 March.