Gallery Two 18 October - 17 November 2007
Judi Elliott – Aspects of the built environment
Judi Elliott references architecture as her inspiration behind her graphic kilnformed glass pieces. It is a subject close to her heart, and one that she is intent on exploring through her practice and her love affair with glass.
A renowned ceramist for more than 30 years, Judi then attended the Canberra School of Art in 1985 to focus on glass, and gain her Associate Diploma under the tutelage of renowned German born glass artist Klaus Moje. Klaus was instrumental in creating a course that taught all aspects of glass making, and Judi, like Klaus, concentrated on the kilnforming technique that relied of strong colour management skills as well as a technical knowledge of the glass properties. In 1988, Judi was awarded the an Australia Council grant to attend the Pilchuck International Glass School in Seattle, which enabled her to gain experience with other international artists and further developing her technical skills.
Judi has consistently admired the qualities of glass that lead her to leave ceramics. The hard and the soft, the strong colour palette and the translucency that glass offers is intriguing. She has continually worked in Bullseye glass, a brand of glass stock that Klaus Moje helped develop, that has amazing thick translucent properties and enables strong opaque colours to nestle with translucent panels happily on a single kilnformed piece. She is intrigued by her medium.
Aspects of the Built Environment features new work by Judi Elliott, that each explore her strong emotive connection with architecture, houses and the built environment. Wall pieces speak about strength, vibrancy and aspects of translucency. She remains one of Australia’s most collectible artists, in both Government and private collections, and has been a finalist in Australia’s influential Ranamok Glass Prize several times in its 12 years.