megalo residency by Hannah Gason

I recently spent four weeks in residence at megalo print studio. I had an amazing time exploring colour, line and mark making using new techniques and media. I found it so valuable having the time for experimentation, discussion and contemplation, and I look forward to developing these initial ideas into future work!

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country to coast residency by Hannah Gason

I've had an amazing two weeks on a EASS Country to Coast residency at Murringo with Barbara Holloway and South Durras with Helen Maxwell.

My first week in the country was filled with view-gazing, walking, a fantastic visit to Helmut Hiebl's glass studio from the 70s (which was just up the road - many thanks to Erna Hiebl!) and some unexpected reptilian visitors:)My second week was equally inspiring, filled with walking on the beach, in the National Park and watching the waves.

I am deeply grateful to Barb and Helen for this residency, which provided me with such valuable time. It has given me new insight into how I look at my surroundings and think about my work. I am now preparing for an exhibition at the South Durras Progress Hall, opening 11 March 2017. Hope to see you at the beautiful south coast then!

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Update: photos of the exhibition, Time to See, can be found here.

north lands art byre symposium 2016 by Hannah Gason

In July I had the pleasure of visiting North Lands Creative Glass for the Art Byre Professional Studio Symposium in Northern Scotland, with the support of artsACT funding. Conversations with Michael Rogers, Silvia Levenson, Karlyn Sutherland, (Emily Nachison was unable to attend) and other participating artists were invaluable. I found the stark landscape to be a strong contrast to my typical surroundings in Canberra. I was in awe of the intensity of the light. I found it mesmerising. The colours of the landscape shifted with changing views. I thought often of how the light in Australia is something that I try to capture in my artwork. I became particularly aware of the low cover of the clouds. I grew to realise that one of the aspects that I have been trying to convey in my work is the openness of Australia’s sky and the feeling of vast space. 

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fun in Corning ny by Hannah Gason

I'm back from short trip to the US where I assisted Jess Loughlin in her fantastic class light 3 at the Corning Museum of Glass and attended the 2016 GAS conference. It was such a pleasure to work with Jess and the students, and catch up with friends at the conference.

Below are just a few photos of my time in sunny Corning and New York. 

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recent works - currently on show by Hannah Gason

I'm excited to have some new works exhibited at M16 artspace (CAPO Emerging Artists' Prize 2016, until 12 June) and the Belconnen Arts Centre (Permeate, until 19 June). Thank you to everyone who came to the openings, they were a lot of fun! Some images of these works, made during my recent Canberra Glassworks residency, are below.

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adelaide adventures by Hannah Gason

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Adelaide to attend the opening of the Fuse Glass Prize at the JamFactory. I was honoured to be included in the emerging artist category, with my work altered scape #7. Congratulations to Clare Belfrage and Alex Valero for taking out the established and emerging prizes with their beautiful works! After a great night, we enjoyed a few days north of Adelaide in historic Melrose (the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges), including nearby attractions like Mount Remarkable and the Port Germein jetty.

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halfway point by Hannah Gason

I'm now in the middle of my six week Emerging Artist Support Scheme residency at the Canberra Glassworks (CGW). It's been inspiring to be surrounded so many great artists, having the amazing CGW facilities at my fingertips, and chatting with the public. I've been having fun working on new ideas and creating works for some upcoming exhibitions. My residency runs until 10 May. 

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national emerging art glass prize 2016! by Hannah Gason

The National Emerging Art Glass Prize 2016 opened last night in Wagga Wagga. It was a great night, and an exciting selection of works are on display. Today I also had the pleasure to participate in an associated public forum with a number of other finalists. The exhibition is open until 17 July 2016, and is certainly worth checking out!

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teaching the basics by Hannah Gason

I had great fun recently teaching some introductory glass working skills at the Canberra Glassworks. The colourful results of the day, ready for fusing in the kiln, can be seen below.

There are a number of great glass courses available to try, with enrollment available through the CIT Centre for Short Courses.

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carriageworks and other sydney gems by Hannah Gason

We recently had a great trip to Sydney, visiting some of our usual spots as well as some new ones. Artistic highlights for me included the Grayson Perry My Pretty Little Art Career exhibition at the MCA, Paradi$e Bitch at the White Rabbit Gallery, and the stunning work of El Anatsui at Carriageworks. I found Carriageworks and Barangaroo Reserve to be really lovely examples of Sydney at its best.

A few photos are below.

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hobart holiday by Hannah Gason

I'm just back from a fantastic trip to Tasmania. The whirlwind tour included amazing days exploring MONA, Port Arthur and Freycinet National Park. MONA was as intriguing as I'd hoped! You'll find a few photos below, mostly of the interesting ruins at Port Arthur.

Wishing you all a wonderful 2016.

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grad show 2015 by Hannah Gason

My Honours year has ended with the ANU School of Art Graduating Exhibition. It was a fantastic show and I really enjoyed the diversity of work on display from the School's talented students. Thanks to everyone that was able to come to the show!

I was grateful to receive the Boronia Prize and the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Award, through the ANU Emerging Artist Support Scheme. I'm also excited to have a number of great opportunities lined up for 2016, including the 'Country to Coast' and Canberra Glassworks residencies, and an exhibition at the Belconnen Arts Centre. I cant wait for these experiences, and I will keep you all updated.

Wishing you all the best for the holidays and the new year!

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assessment over! by Hannah Gason

After a challenging and rewarding Honours year, I am thrilled to have finished my last assessment today! A few pictures of my completed body of work below. I'm now looking forward to the ANU School of Art Graduating Exhibition (opens 27 November), where some of these pieces will be displayed. Come along, it will be fun.

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counting down the days by Hannah Gason

Since returning from my fun US adventures, I've been busily working on my final body of work for my Honours year at the ANU. I have been creating glass wall panels, based on a kiln-forming method I developed during my residency at the Bullseye Glass Company. The process results in colourful distorted imagery within compressed sheets of glass. I then reconstruct the imagery to find a balance between dynamism and order.  A number of these works will be displayed at the ANU School of Art Graduating Exhibition 2015 (catalogue), which opens on 27 November 2015. The exhibition is a great opportunity to see exciting student works from across the art school. Hope to see you there!

Below is a glimpse into a wall work that I'm currently completing. 

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penland and corning adventures by Hannah Gason

I had an amazing time in my recent five week stint in the US. It was such a privilege to be a studio assistant for Richard Whiteley and be amongst the ANU teaching staff and the tremendous creative environment at Penland. The Corning Museum and library are incredible and I had a fabulous time in Saman Kalantari's paper-thin pate de verre class. I enjoyed making new friends and doing some sightseeing in Washington DC, New York city, and surrounding areas.

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east coast here i come by Hannah Gason

I've been enjoying the start of my Honours year at ANU, and now heading to the US for the next month or so. Not only will I be escaping Canberra's winter, I'll have the pleasure of spending time at two great institutions: the Penland School of Crafts (North Carolina) and the Corning Museum of Glass (New York). At Penland, I'll be a studio assistant for Richard Whiteley's kilncasting and coldworking class. At Corning, I'm excited to be learning paper-thin pate de verre with Saman Kalantari. In between, I'll be doing a little sightseeing, including the lovely Shenandoah national park. I'll share some pictures soon!

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Craft House, Penland School of Crafts

Craft House, Penland School of Crafts

embassy of france by Hannah Gason

I'm really happy to have a number of works currently displayed in the French Embassy in Canberra. The French Embassy is one of the wonderful supporters of the Diplomacy:translations in glass exhibition currently on at the Canberra Glassworks. 

I'm also pleased to be a part of the associated Diplomacy Glass Tours, during the Enlighten Festival. This Friday (27 February) and Saturday (28 February) I'll be speaking about the works I've created, which were inspired by the French traditions of pâte de verre.

Update: Related information from the French Embassy is available here

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The Ambassador of France, H.E. Mr Christophe Lecourtier; Hannah Gason; Ivana Jirasek; Bev Growden & Eric Soulier with guests.

The Ambassador of France, H.E. Mr Christophe Lecourtier; Hannah Gason; Ivana Jirasek; Bev Growden & Eric Soulier with guests.

canberra glassworks: diplomacy exhibition by Hannah Gason

I'm currently having fun at the Canberra Glassworks preparing works for an exciting upcoming exhibition. You can find me in the 'Engine Room' until my residency ends on Friday (23 Jan). If you're in the area, please feel free to come and say hello. 

Diplomacy: translations in glass, curated by Ivana Jirasek, is an exhibition responding to the international glass traditions and cultural influence represented by eight diplomatic missions in Canberra. My works respond to the French traditions of pâte-de-verre, including the stained-glass windows of François Décorchemont (1880-1971).

Many thanks to the Embassy of France for their interest and support.

The exhibition opens on 11 February and runs until 16 April 2015 (and includes a side event).

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bullseye residency by Hannah Gason

I've just returned from a month-long residency at the Bullseye Glass Co. factory in Portland, with talented artists Lea Douglas, Marina Hanser, and Ruth Oliphant. This was an amazing experience, with great support from the Bullseye Research & Education team and a generous welcome from the Sales & Marketing team. It was really a treat to see the factory in action, and the time and care that goes into each sheet of glass. Having the full range of Bullseye products on hand, in addition to the knowledge and expertise of their staff, helped me to explore lots of new ideas. I feel really excited now to develop these ideas further.

Many thanks to Lea, Marina and Ruth and the Bullseye family - especially Lani and Dan, Michael, Sam, Ted, Tom, Opie, and Paul.

(More pictures are available here.) 

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