Artists Ben Edols and Kathy Elliot

Ben and Kathy’s inspired blown and carved glass sculptures mimic organic patterns found in the natural world. The fluidity of design and combined skills bring life to objects through the use of colour and surface lines and the play on light as it would occur in nature.

Ben initially studied at the Sydney College of the Arts, then undertook a post-graduate diploma at the Canberra School of Art in 1991. Kathy received her BA from the Canberra School of Art in 1991 after which she travelled to the United States, working her way through public and private glass studios. They have been working in partnership since they had their first joint exhibition in San Francisco in 1993. Their successful collaboration of skills and ideas has made them two of the most influential  glass artists in Australia.

Making  the work involves a two stage process of hot and cold glass techniques. After Ben has blown the vessel Kathy cuts the glass on a lathe using  stone and diamond wheels to create an organic surface of lines and planes. Both artists see this collaborative process as being the sum of two ideas. Their most recent work continues to further explore the technical boundaries of blowing and carving glass as well as exploring the notion of expression through line using  low and high relief surface decoration.They have received three Australia Council grants and in 1998 were awarded the Ranamok Glass Prize.

Ben and Kathy have taught workshops at Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, Toyama Institute of Glass Art, Canberra School of Art and South Australia University among others. Ben has also given glassblowing workshops at Haystack School of Crafts and Ezra Glass School. Their work is in the public collections of The Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Art and Design in New York, National Gallery of Australia, Toyama Art Museum and The Corning Museum of Glass among many others.

They continue to exhibit both nationally and internationally. In 2016 their work was showcased in two separate survey shows: the first was  held at Toyama Glass Museum in Toyama, Japan. The second was exhibited at Manly Art Gallery and Museum in Sydney.

SELECTED SOLO  EXHIBITIONS

2016
Light Marks, Toyama Glass Museum, Toyama , Japan
24 Years In Glass, Manly Museum and Art Gallery, Manly , NSW

2015
Deluge, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2012
Tutti, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Glance, Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT

2011
Dwell, Collector Space, Jam Factory Adelaide

2010
Shelter, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
Benjamin Edols Kathy Elliott, Flame Run Gallery , Louisville KY

2009
Light Marks, William Traver Gallery, Seattle
Studio Glass, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, Act

2008
Benjamin Edols Kathy Elliott, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland

2007
Evolve, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
Benjamin Edols Kathy Elliott, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma
Edols & Elliott, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne VIC.

2006
Ben Edols & Kathy Elliott, Beaver Gallery, Canberra

2005
Autumn, William Traver Gallery , Seattle, WA, USA

2004
Recent Work, deVera, New York, NY, USA

2003
Cultivate II, Quadrivium, Sydney, NSW

2002
Cultivate, William Traver Gallery , Seattle, WA, USA

2001
Blaze, Quadrivium, Sydney
Botanicals, de Vera, San Francisco, CA USA

2000
Light Erosion, Barry Friedman Ltd, New York, NY, USA
Dissolve, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
Flux, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR, USA

1999
Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott Studio Glass, Beaver Galleries ACT
Glass Lovers Weekend, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, USA

1998
Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott Recent Work, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott Glass, Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
Skin II, de Vera, San Francisco, CA, USA
1997
Skin, Glass Artists Gallery Glebe, NSW
Recent Work, Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany.

1996
Kathy Elliott and Benjamin Edols Carved Glass, de Vera, San Francisco, CA, USA
Light Marks, Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne VIC

1993
Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott, de Vera, San Francisco, CA, USA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Art Breda , Obsession of Art Gallery, Breda, The Netherlands
La Collezione Bellini-Pezzoli, Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy
Refraction, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT
Masters of Glass, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, NSW
History Repeated, Craft ACT, Canberra, ACT

2016
Hindmarsh Prize , Canberra Glassworks, ACT
Arts in Sculpture and Glass,The Obsession of Art,The Netherlands
Kirra Illuminating Glass Award, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne Vic
Small Works , Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT
Spectrum:Contemporary Artists in Color,Racine Art Museum USA

2015
Diplomacy, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra ACT
2nd Glass Invitational, Blue Rain gallery, Santa Fe NM,
Tacoma MOG Touring Exhibition, National Glass Centre Sunderland, UK
All In the Family, Racine Art Museum, WI, USA
Lights of Summer  The Obsession of Art   The Netherlands

2014
Kirra Illuminating Glass Award, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne Vic
Revere, Sabbia gallery, Sydney, NSW
Absorb, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra , ACT

2013
Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest. Museum of Glass , Tacoma, WA USA
Playing With Fire:50 Years of Contemporary Glass, Museum of, N.Y. USA
Australian Glass, Traver Gallery, Seattle WA, USA

2012
Contemporary Glass, Museum of Fine Arts, FL, USA
Alphabet, Craft ACT, Canberra, ACT

2011
Geometry, Sabbia Gallery , Sydney NSW
Translucence,Contemporary Glass, Art Gallery of WA, Perth, WA

2010
La Collezione Bellini-Pezzoli, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Milan Winter, Sabbia Gallery, NSW

2009
In Paradise, Manly Museum and Art Gallery, Manly
Vision Realized, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, Sabbia Gallery, NSW.
Looking Forward, William Traver Gallery , Seattle

2008
In Essence – The Legacy of Stephen Procter, Sabbia Gallery, Studio Glass Now, Dane Gallery, Nantucket, MA
Gesture and Cadence, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh

2007
Smartworks, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Freestyle, New Australian Design for Living, Object travelling

2006
New Masters: New Glass, Sabbia Gallery
Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Australian Glass 2006, Sandra Ainsley gallery, Toronto

2005
Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Next Chapter, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney

2004
Sydney Style. Sydney Opera House
Marioni, Edols, Elliott. Masterworks Gallery, Auckland

2003
The Glass Vessel, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design, Louisville, KY, USA
Hot Glass 2003, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne Canberra Glass 2003, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

2002
Global Glass, Marx – Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Niijima Glass Exhibition, TEPCO Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
William Traver Gallery : 25 Years, William Traver Gallery, Seattle
Australian Glass, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland , New Zealand
Transparent Things,  National Gallery of Australia
Dialogue- Stephen Procter and Friends, Quadrivium, Sydney

2001
Lino Tagliapietro e amici, Fuller Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2000
International Craft Triennale, Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
At The Edge, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany
Desire, Quadrivium, Sydney

1999
Vetro al Femminile, Galeria Marina Barovier, Venice, Italy
Contemporary Australian Craft, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan

1998
International Exhibition of Glass ’98, Kanazawa, Japan.
Aperto Vetro Palazzo Ducale, Venice Italy
II, The Bullseye Connection, Portland, OR, USA

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Victoria and Albert Museum, Auckland Museum, Toyama Art Museum, Museum of Art and Design New York,
Chrysler Museum of Art, Corning Museum of Glass, Devonport Art Gallery Tasmania, Powerhouse Museum,
Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia,American Glass Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia,
National Gallery of Victoria, Glass museum Alter Hof Herding, Coesfeld Lette, Germany,
Parliament House Collection,Government House Collection, Sydney, The Denver Art Museum,
The Carnegie Museum of Art, PA, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Palm Springs Art Museum, CA,
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Fuller Craft Museum, MA, Churchill Downs Collection,
Louisville KY, Racine Art Museum, WI, Hamilton Regional Gallery, Hamilton, Vic.

GRANTS AND PRIZES

2013
Arts NSW : NSW Artists Gran

2010
Australia Council Grant

2003
Australia Council Grant New Work

1998
Resource Finance Corporation Glass Prize

1995
Australia Council Grant
Pilchuck Glass School Scholarship

1994
Australia Council Grant

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