The art of hot glass Gordon Studio Glassblowers Glass blowing is an age-old craft with traditions that spans back thousands of year, the tools and techniques of which remained largely unchanged today. Gordon Studio Glassblowers gallery and studio, situated in Red Hill, affords the rare opportunity to witness this ancient craft. From the safety of the viewing mezzanine, visitors are able to watch the artists at work, or – better yet – join them.
Owned and operated by Australian glass artists Eileen Gordon and Grant Donaldson, visitors to the studio are able to partake in workshops. Having run the studio for over 20 years, Eileen certainly knows what she’s doing and makes it look easy. Watching her work, manipulating and forging this organic substance, is hypnotic and erotic as it oozes and slides around with fluidity, as though it has a soul of its own, which the artist almost has to bend with.
In small groups of around eight, students are taught the basic techniques to be able to create their own tiny masterpieces – or in this case, paperweights or glasses. Using a mini furnace to reheat, called the glory hole, blowing irons to blow the glass and give it shape, and the tongs and pincers, students can experience this incredible craft firsthand.
The end result is coupled with a sense of achievement, having had a taste of this fascinating world of glass blowing and glass art, evoking a new appreciation for this craft that is so simple yet so complex, using an ancient substance that is organically beautiful.
Gordon Studio Glassblowers
P: (03) 5989 7073
A: 290 Red Hill Road, Red Hill