Clare has maintained a vibrant practice for over twenty years. She has been an active participant in artists’ communities including the glass based studio, blue pony, SA, of which she is a founding member and, the JamFactory Glass Studio community in Adelaide. She is currently living and working amongst the artist community of Canberra Glassworks where she plays the pivotal role of Creative Director.
In addition to Australia, Clare regularly exhibits in North America, Europe, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Her work has been recognised for its innovation and originality and in 2005 and 2011 she was awarded the Tom Malone Glass Prize by the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Clare’s work is represented in major public collections including: Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Corning Museum of Glass, USA, Museo do Vidro, Marinha Grande, Portugal, Tacoma Museum of Glass, USA, National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga, ArtBank, NSW, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Museum and Art Gallery of Tasmania and Northern Territory Museum
Inspired by experiences of detail in nature, Clare Belfrage’s work has been distinguished by the use of fine glass threads to draw complex linear patterns on the surface of blown glass forms.
Organic and textured with soft edges these works glow from within, and transport the viewer into their depths
My work for at least the last decade has been drawn from the rhythm, patterns and detail found in the natural world. It has unconsciously had a natural relationship to textiles. This has been a pleasing coincidence as I have always been interested in the rhythm and the metaphors associated with woven fabric. I have also really loved natural fibres and patterns used in basketry.
Clare Belfrage, 2011