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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
Under Lock and Key
  • Under Lock and Key, 2011
  • Cast Glass
  • Dimensions: 26 x 16 x 4cm
  • Photo: Rob Little
Once Upon a Time 1,2, & 3
  • Once Upon a Time 1,2, & 3, 2011
  • Cast Glass
  • Dimensions: 19 x 19 x 4cm
  • Photo: Rob Little
To Keep the Wolf from the Door (front)
  • To Keep the Wolf from the Door (front), 2011
  • Cast Glass
  • Dimensions: 19 x 17 x 4 cm
  • Photo: Judi Elliot
To Keep the Wolf from the Door (rear)
  • To Keep the Wolf from the Door (rear), 2011
  • Cast Glass
  • Dimensions: 19 x 17 x 4 cm
  • Photo: Judi Elliot

House with Addition
  • House with Addition, 2011
  • Dimensions: 19 x 16 x 4 cm
  • Photo: Judi Elliot
House with Extension and Addition
  • House with Extension and Addition, 2011
  • Cast Glass
  • Dimensions: 19 x 30 x 4 cm
  • Photo: Judi Elliot

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
2014:   International Glass Exhibition, Hsinchu Glass Museum - Taiwan,
2014:   Ranamok Touring Glass Exhibition, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra
2013:   Inhabit, Craft ACT Gallery - Canberra
2013:   Collective Vision, National Glass Gallery - Wagga Wagga, NSW
2013:   Tom Malone Prize Exhibition , Art Gallery of Western Australia - Perth
2013:   Prima, Sabbia Gallery - Sydney
2012:   In the Presence of One’s Home and at one’s Door (solo) , Gallery 12 - Pialligo, ACT
2012:   Signature, Craft ACT Gallery - Canberra
2011:   Home, Under the Shadow of One’s Wing (solo) , Sabbia Gallery - Sydney
2011:   Elements: glass, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2011:   Uncontained, Craft ACT Gallery - Canberra
2011:   Geometry, Sabbia Gallery - Sydney
2010:   Fortresses and Other Defence Architecture (solo) , National Glass Gallery - Wagga Wagga, NSW
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
2007:   1975-2007 18 Solo Exhibitions, National & International,
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.
2000:   Visual Arts Fellowship, artsACT
1994:   Commission - Two glass wall tablets - Kiddy and Partners, London Office.
1994:   Commission -Two large wall tablets – Madge Networks International Computer Company, Sydney
1993:   Commission - Twelve glass wall tablets -Kiddy and Partners, Psychologists, Bristol Office. UK.
1992:   Commission – 22 ft Wall Sculpture - Mercantile Mutual, Sydney
1990:   Commission - Ten glass wall tablets - NSW State Superannuation Board
1990:   Commission - Eight glass wall tablets - Commonwealth Bank, Brisbane
1988:   Australia Council Grant
Selected publications
2015:   Who's Who of Australian Women,
2013:   The National Glass Collection, Wagga, Australian Signatures, Australian Book Connection
2013:   Contemporary Kiln-formed Glass, Dynographics, Portland Oregon, USA
2011:   Hely,P., Elements: glass, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
2006:   Who's Who of Australian Women
2006:   50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass, The Intelligent Layman, London
2006:   Designed Visions, Art Gallery of W.A.
2005:   Aitken, D., Inspired by Synchronicity, Craft Arts International, June Issue
2004:   Aitken, D., Events and Reviews, Craft Arts International, Issue 61
2004:   Aitken, D., Something Different, Craft Arts International, Issue 61
2000:   Aitken, D., People In Glass Houses, Craft Arts International
2000:   Glass Arts International Magazine Issues 49 & 50,
2000:   Neus Glass Magazine, Issue 3,
1995:   Ionnou, N., Australian Studio Glass,
1993:   Kiddy, C., Art Meets Psychology, Craft Arts International
1992:   Elliot, C., Glass for Architecture, Craft Arts International


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