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.

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