sabbia gallery

Ceramics, Glass + Fibre

Main Gallery   11 November - 03 December 2022

Lisa Cahill – Umbra

Lisa Cahill has been an independent studio artist since 2000 and is well known internationally for her kiln formed glass sculptures and installations. Many of these can be found in private and public collections worldwide including the Palm Springs Art Museum, USA, Ebletoft Glass Museum, Denmark and Sir John Monash Centre, Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France. Graduating from Monash University in 2000 she has established her own glass studios in Melbourne, Sydney and now Canberra. Cahill has been awarded numerous international art residencies and has been a regular finalist in the Tom Malone, Ranamok and Hindmarsh Glass Prizes. In 2018 she was awarded the Art Group Creative Fellowship at the Canberra Glassworks.

Her large scale glass installations are highly sought-after internationally and include site specific artworks for Tiffany & Co stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Most recently she completed a new 6 metre wide kiln formed glass artwork for Nobu, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Cahill’s work has been published in numerous publications including entries in the books Australian Glass Today, by Margot Osborne and Contemporary Glass, Black Dog Publishing, UK and magazines Neues Glass, New Glass, Art and Architecture No. 3/2018, Craft Arts International Issue 80 and the New Glass Review #34.

Over her extensive career, Cahill has spent years refining and developing a highly sophisticated range of skills in kiln forming and cold working practices.


Umbra pays homage to the natural world and investigates the shifts in the landscape both through organic processes as well as humans impact on the earth.

This new body of work is a series of observations of light on the landscape. The subtle folds mimic the small changes of light in nature that create patterns and texture, offering an invitation to find beauty in the decay and decomposition of the urban landscape.