2018 - Anne Clifton and Peter Bowles (Glass Manifesto)
Glass Manifesto is the creative partnership of Anne Clifton and Peter Bowles. Working across many processes including glassblowing, hot casting, kiln casting, flameworking and an array of coldworking processes, their practice spans studio production work, exhibition work, design development, architectural works, public art, respective art and sculptural investigations.
Peter is an internationally acclaimed glass artist who works, researches, teaches and exhibits throughout the world. He has an unusually broad practice that spans studio design work and limited run production, exhibition works, sculptural work, public art and architectural installation. The breadth of his practice prompts him to work across any processes including blown glass, glass casting and kiln forming and extensive cold-working.
His work is recognised for its innovation and dedication to fine craftsmanship and is found in many collections throughout Europe, Asia and America. He has served on numerous boards and panels including Ausglass, Department of Culture and the Arts, Arts Tasmania and The Australia Council for the Arts.
Peter won the Premiers Award for Excellence at the 2017 Tasmanian Craft Fair.
Beads are intimate objects – they have political, social and cultural significance. Anne’s engagement with the bead transposes the emphasis from adornment to that of object, either through scale as in the case of the “Very Large Beads” (weighing upwards of 7 kg) and in the case of the Chevrons as intimate sculptural constructions. Anne has transferred her skills from glassblowing to lampworking and then back again enabling her to move her work from decorative domestic to architectural function. Her practice has taken her through Europe, Australia, Asia and USA.
For this year’s Craft Fair they are developing new work which will exploit the physical characteristics of a new family of coloured glass which is extraordinarily hard but can be stretched to the thickness of a human hair. It is the first time in the history of glassmaking that such materials have been successfully melted.