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Judi Elliott

Judi Elliott
Artist's statement

I know what shape I am. I am a square. I often try to be round, but I am uneasy with it. Round slips away from you easily. Squares are positive and strong, you know where you are with a square.

I have been working with architecture as my inspiration for many years. I am now focusing on the standing house and the wall. I find that each building or wall that one encounters, is imbedded with the lives of the people who inhabit them. I try to recreate this feeling in my walls.

I believe that there is no necessity to force change upon ones work. The joys and sorrows are impacted on our work as we live them, and are there for all the world to see.

The work is kiln formed at high temperatures and eased with heat into individually designed stainless steel moulds.

These walls and houses can stand alone but gain strength by being grouped together in twos, threes, fours.

Recent work
Black Box (wall tablet)
  • Black Box (wall tablet),
  • Dimensions: 90 x 60cm
  • Photo: Courtesy of the Artist
At The Crossing
  • At The Crossing, 2007
  • Dimensions: 60 x 60cm
  • Photo: Rob Little
Across the Wall
  • Across the Wall, 2007
  • Dimensions: 40 x 30cm
  • Photo: Rob Little
Interior with Red Table
  • Interior with Red Table, 2007
  • Dimensions: 60 x 60cm
  • Photo: Sabbia Gallery

Aspects One (wall tablet)
  • Aspects One (wall tablet), 2007
  • Dimensions: 76.5 x 76.5cm
  • Photo: Rob Little
Ha Ha Walls (podium pieces)
  • Ha Ha Walls (podium pieces), 2007
  • 60 x 60cm
  • Photo: Bullseye Gallery
Biography

One is born an artist. It is usually obvious from an early age. So I began drawing at three and became a potter long after.

I exhibited and studied ceramics and glass in Australia and overseas. I was a member of the Potters Society of Australia and exhibited ceramic sculpture widely. I taught weekend workshops in ceramics for the Arts Council of NSW flying to many country areas.

In 1981 I received my Post Graduate Diploma in Profession Art Studies at Alexander Mackie CAE. Sydney.

However, while working with ceramics I discovered glass and commenced my studies at the Glass Department at the Australian National Universiry School of Art. I travelled to USA after graduating with an Associate Diploma in glass in 1985, to study at Pilchuck International Glass School outside Seattle, and travelling in USA to all parts "glass".

I work and exhibit glass constantly, more it would seem, overseas. My work is kiln formed and sculptural. My inspiration is "the house" and all things architectural. I depict houses and large walls in glass, and I am teetering on the edge of combining glass and metal at this moment !

My work is in many private collections and Art Museums nationally and Internationally. To mention only three, Australian National Gallery Canberra; Kunstmuseum; Dusseldorf, Germany and the Corning Glass Museum, New York.

Selected exhibitions
2011:   Elements: glass, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2007:   Exhibition, Sabbia Gallery - Sydney
2007:   Glass Weekend 07, Wheaton Arts Centre - Millville, New Jersey
2007:   Studio Pieces, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2007:   Sabbias Stable, Sabbia Gallery - Sydney
2007:   Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, Palette Contemporary Art Gallery - Alburquerque, New Mexico
2006:   The Australian Glass Show, Sandra Ainsley Gallery - Toronto, Canada
2006:   Birthday Exhibition, Sabbia Gallery - Sydney
2006:   Exhibition, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery - Pittsburg, Pensylvania
2006:   Exhibition, Palette Contemporary Art Gallery - Alburquerque, New Mexico
2006:   Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, Palette Contemporary Art Gallery - Alburquerque, New Mexico
2006:   2 Materials, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2005:   Exhibition, Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery - Canberra
2004:   Exhibition, Glass Pyramid Gallery - Budapest, Hungary
Selected commissions/awards/grants
2006:   Commission, Skye Plaza Building, Woden, ACT. Glass Foyer Installation
2005:   Quick Response Grant, Assistance to publish Catalogue. Australia Council, administered by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
2004:   Quick Response Grant, artsACT, Freight for glass work to Exhibition in Budapest, Hungary.
2002:   Professional Development Grant, artsACT.
2001:   Commission, Private Collection, Geneva, Switzerland.
2001:   Commission, Kiddy and Partners, London, Glass Wall Tablet
2000:   Visual Arts Fellowship, artsACT.
Selected publications
2011:   P. Hely, Elements: glass, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
2006:   Who's Who of Australian Women
2005:   D. Aitken, Inspired by Synchronicity, Craft Arts International, June Issue
2004:   Events and Reviews, Craft Arts International, Issue 61
2004:   Something Different, Craft Arts International, Issue 61

 

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