Flameworkers from around the world will be firing up their torches for charity at the International Charity Flame on Down Under
Australian and international glass artists are coming together for the first Charity Flame On Down Under to be held at the Mona Vale Hotel on the October long weekend.
Presented by GoGlass studio with the support of Ausglass, the feature event of the Flame On will be a collaboration by top Australian glass artists Mark Eliott, Christian Arnold and Laurie Young from nudibranch, and Peter Minson amongst others. The result will be a large scale sculpture, created from the ground up in the hotel’s courtyard.
The event will be an opportunity for glass artists from around the country to come together, work together, discuss and promote their work. International guest artists taking part in the event include Robert Mickelsen, considered by many the foremost flameworker in the USA and Californian soft glass sculptor Loren Stump. Mickelsen’s latest creations include a one-metre tall latticework nude, art deco inspired ornaments and fantastic botanicals and Stumps soft glass sculptures are internationally known for their minute attention to detail.
Virtually every leading Australian glass flameworker will be there. Tasmanian Richard Clements will be creating his beautiful and delicate blown glass perfume bottles. Functional and beautiful glass jewellery, drinkware, candlesticks and sculptures will be demonstrated by third-generation Australian scientific glass blower Peter Minson. The team at Nudibranch, Christian Arnold and Laurie Young, whose work has attracted collectors worldwide including Sir Elton John, will be sharing their magical, fantasy world. Bondi artist, Mark Eliott will be sharing his twin loves, music and glass, which inspire each other. Flameworkers from Broome to Brisbane, Melbourne to Mosman will be firing up their torches.
The bottom level of the hotel will be transformed into a glass studio with up to 20 torches going at any one time. Participants can register to take part in the event in a variety of categories including sculpture, marbles, paperweights, beads and jewellery in both soft glass and borosilicate. For the beginner or art glass enthusiast, there will also be demonstrations with artists talking through the creation of their work step-by-step.
All of the artists taking part in the weekend have donated their time and will be donating the pieces they create. These will be auctioned on-line following the weekend with all proceeds supporting Spinal Cord Injuries Australia.
Upstairs at the hotel, there will be an arts market with high-quality handmade pieces from the glass artists and Pittwater local artists. There will be a raffle with prizes including a glass sculpture valued at $1000 and donated by Melbourne’s Kirra Galleries, Australia’s premier contemporary glass gallery, glass by Minson Art Glass, jewellery, and flameworking classes at GoGlass. Those joining us for the weekend will be asked for a gold-coin donation to Spinal Cord Injuries Australia at the door.
The Flame On, being held with the support of Pittwater Community Arts and Ausglass, is on Saturday and Sunday (October 1-2) from 10am to 5pm at The Mona Vale Hotel, Barrenjoey Road, Mona Vale with everyone welcome. Information on how to register can be found at http://www.facebook.com/FlameOnDownUnder.