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Cobi Cockburn outside her NSW studio

Cobi Cockburn has been announced as the winner of the prestigious FUSE Glass Prize for her work Murmuration – Light, 2019.

The FUSE Glass Prize presented by JamFactory is a non-acquisitive biennial prize for Australian and New Zealand glass artists. The winner of the Established Category receives a cash prize of $20,000. In addition, the winner of the David Henshall Emerging Artist Prize receives $2,500 cash and a professional development opportunity at JamFactory valued at $2,500.

This is the third instalment of this wonderful award.  This year the judges reviewed seventy-eight high quality entries from across Australia and New Zealand. There were twelve finalists in the major award including Kate Baker, Penny Byrne, Nadege Desgenetez, Marcel Hoogstad Hay, Jeremy Lepisto, Madeline Prowd, Yusuke Takemura, Hiromi Tango, Kathryn Wightman, and Sabbia artists Clare Belfrage and Wendy Fairclough.

The exhibition is being held at the JamFactory in Adelaide, until 20 September 2020. We are thrilled that the exhibition will tour for the first time, heading to Sydney at the Australian Design Centre from 9 October to 18 November 2020.

Cobi Cockburn’s entry is so quiet, beautiful and contemplative. It resonates with you the longer you view it. The level of detail in the fused glass cane work and her attention to detail in the proportions and finishing is exquisite and demonstrates her excellence in the craft of glass. – Jessica Loughlin, Glass Artist and 2018 FUSE Glass Prize winner (as part of the official FUSE Glass Prize announcement).

All enquiries regarding Cobi Cockburn and her current body of work please contact Sabbia Gallery.