The simplicity of my work suggests stillness and silence, a meditation on the elements and concepts of light, space and time. 

My work explores both two and three dimensional kiln formed and three-dimensional blown works, layered with subtle engraved surfaces. 

I am interested in the space that surrounds an object, space that is able to hold and suspend. Exploring how objects balance and sit in space, holding on to that last moment of silence and stillness before they spill over. The engraved lines of light add to this tension, tilting the objects off center. This sense of anticipation generates tension between the object and the surrounding space.

 

Each line is a unique mark defining a physical shape; it is a contour, a stroke and an outline.

 

Bio Mel Douglas

 

Curators, contemporaries and critics consider Mel Douglas to be one of Australia’s most dynamic artists working in glass. She has had continued success since graduating from the renowned Australian National University, School of Art, Glass Workshop. Douglas has exhibited consistently in many group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally including the United States of America, Singapore and Italy. Douglas has been featured in numerous publications and her work is held in  prestigious permanent collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia and the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning New York, USA.

Her delicate, subtle work comes from the slow process of engraved mark making that is influenced by the objects physical and linear relationships. Douglas’ mastery of her craft is highly regarded and has earned her many awards including the 2014 Tom Malone Prize, 2002 Ranamok Glass Prize as well as the 2007 International Young Glass Award, Ebeltolft.

 

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Education

2000  Bachelor of Arts (Visual) with first class honours, Canberra School of Art, Canberra ACT, Australia

Awards/Grants (selected)

2014  Winner Tom Malone Prize

         Pilchuck Scholarship

2012  Australia Council, New work grant

Finalist International Glass Prize (Belgium)

2011   People’s choice award, Ranamok Glass Prize (Canberra)

2007  Ebeltolf Young Glass Award, Lino Tagliapietra

2006  Australia Council New Work Grant

2003  Gas Emerging Artist Presenter, Seattle USA

2002  Recipient of Ranamok Glass Prize

Public Collections selected

         Powerhouse Museum, Sydney NSW Australia

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT, Australia

         Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA, Australia

         Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA Australia

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY, USA

Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra ACT, Australia

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery – National Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga NSW, Australia

Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, Australia

Tutsek-Stiftung Collection, München, Germany

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Strandvejen, Ebeltoft

Solo Exhibitions selected

2013  point.line.plane, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia

2011  half-light, Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT Australia

2010  Eventide, Bullseye Gallery, Portland USA

2008  Between the lines, Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT Australia

2007  Linearity, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia  

2006  Dense Light, Narek Galleries, Tanja NSW Australia

          

Professional Experience

2014    Mapping the surface, Pilchuck Glass School, USA

Mapping the surface, workshop with Tim Edwards, JamFactory

2013    point.line.plane, workshop at South Illinois University, USA

Teaching assistant to Richard Whiteley and Scott Chaseling, Pilchuck Glass School, WA USA

Technical assistant to Klaus Moje and Kirstie Rea, A line into the Future, Canberra Glassworks

2012    Makers Mark, Workshop at University of South Australia, Australia

2009-14 Lecturer, Glass Workshop, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University

2001-7 Project Officer, Traveling Exhibitions, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT, Australia

Residencies

2014  Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma Washington, USA

2010  International Artist in Residence, Northlands Creative Glass, Caithness Scotland, UK

2003  Glass Workshop, National Institute of the Arts, Australian National University, Canberra ACT, Australia

2002  Glass Workshop, National Institute of the Arts, Australian National University, Canberra ACT, Australia