sabbia gallery

Ceramics, Glass + Fibre


Matthew Curtis, Margin - saffron and white in grey, 2024, constructed blown glass, carved, 680 h x 610 w x 150mm d

Main Gallery   24 July - 17 August 2024


Sabbia Gallery is pleased to present this solo exhibition of new works in glass by Matthew Curtis. He has developed a rigorous material-based practice, focussed on the shifting qualities of glass. His affinity, dexterity, and experience are extensive and experimental. He researches and experiments with unconventional approaches, extending traditional techniques. Curtis was introduced to glassblowing through an informal apprenticeship, assisting at Denizen Glass in Sydney in the early 90’s. Since then, he has exhibited extensively.

His blown and cast glass objects capture transparent hues which fade and gather in intensity. His keen eye for symmetry and mathematical precision have become peripheral, yielding a more meditative approach to the alignment of form. His current work investigates margins and boundaries. Subtle intersections which magnify the minutia of biological structures and patterns. For Curtis these intersections become metaphors to reflect upon how objects or ideas might yield and accommodate each other, to fit together harmoniously.

‘This is the second generation of this body of work, it has enabled me to enjoy the process of refining details. The process draws upon the traditional glassblowing techniques of sommerso and encalmo. These compositions allow me to layer and suspend hues of subtle of colour, veneers which emphasise the structural element of the pocket of air within. This void assists in making the objects luminous, accentuating their boundaries and margins.

My consideration lies in sympathetically bringing these components together. Reflecting upon how individuals, objects, and philosophies might accommodate each to fit together more harmoniously’. Matthew Curtis, 2024