Crystal Stubbs

Crystal is one of those rare artists to have mastered the skills of both hot forming and casting glass. She creates thought provoking sculptures that explore the relationship between humans and the environment.

Crystal has worked as a professional glass artist since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours (Glass) at Monash University in 2002. In 2001 she was invited to assist Martin Blank at the Ausglass conference in Adelaide. She won a scholarship to attend the Dino Rosin Glass Workshop Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, USA in 2002 and in 2004 she won a scholarship to attend the Pino Signoretto Workshop, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle.

In 2005 Crystal set up her own studio in East Gippsland,  Victoria where she has continued to make work for exhibitions both nationally and internationally including SOFA Chicago with Kirra Galleries for ten years.

Her work was much admired by collectors. Pieces of her sculptural works are held in private collections worldwide and public collections in Australia, including Latrobe Regional Art Gallery, the Gippsland Art Gallery and the National Art Glass collection in Wagga Wagga. She is currently the Director of the East Gippsland Art Gallery in Bairnsdale.

“Within my work I focus on creating stylised figures that are aesthetically coherent. Through the use of two unique glass techniques, this series explores the relationship between the human figure and structural shapes. The dialogue between people and their environment.”

EDUCATION

2004
Pino Signoretto Workshop, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle.  U.S.A

2002
Dino Rosin Glass Workshop, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle. U.S.A

2001
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours): Glass. Monash University, Caulfield
– Dino Rosin Glass Workshop, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle. U.S.A

1998-2000
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Glass. Monash University, Caulfield.

EXPERIENCE

2016-2017
Director, East Gippsland Art Gallery. Bairnsdale, Vic

2006-2017
Owner, Crystal Stubbs Glass Studio. Munro, Victoria.

2015
Acquired into the National Glass Collection. Wagga Wagga Gallery

2014
Successfully Applied for Uniting Care education grant to start an arts enrichment programme

2011-2013
Appointed to the Gippsland Art Gallery Project Advisory Group.
– Society Representative, Gippsland Art Gallery Advisory Committee.

2007-2013
President, Gippsland Art Gallery Society Committee.

2007-2008
Public Representative, Gippsland Art Gallery Advisory Committee.

2005
Demonstrator, GAS Conference, Adelaide.
– Sessional Staff Member – Hot Sculpting Solid Glass, Cold Working. Monash University, Caulfield.

2004-2005
Freeformed Glass Studio, Melbourne.

2003
Sessional Staff Member – Cold Working. Monash University, Caulfield.
– Honorary Research Fellow: Hot Glass. Monash University, Caulfield.

2001-2003
Instructor: Monash Short Course, Glass’ Caulfield.

2001
Ausglass conference: Technical assistant, Martin Blank Workshop, Melbourne.

2000-2005
Gordon Glass Blowing Studio, Rosebud, Vic.

EXHIBITIONS

2016
‘Whimsy’, Briagolong Art Gallery
‘Land, Sea, Sky’, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne.
‘Rainforest to Reef’, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne.

2015
Represented by Kirra Gallery at SOFA, Chicago.
‘Desire’ Glass Sculpture and Wearable Art, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne.
Selected as a finalist, KIGA glass prize, Melbourne.

2014
Selected as a finalist, KIGA glass prize, Melbourne.

2013
Selected as a finalist, Outback Open Art Prize, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
‘Lights In Winter’, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne
Selected as a finalist, Toorak Sculpture Exhibition, Vic
Represented by Kirra Gallery at SOFA, Chicago. November
Selected as a finalist, The MAGE Glass prize, Mansfield

2012
Director’s Choice, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne
Light in Winter Show, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne
‘New Works’ Exhibition with George Aslanis, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne
Represented by Kirra Gallery at SOFA, Chicago. November
Selected as a finalist, Toorak Sculpture Exhibition, Vic

2011
Represented by Kirra Gallery at SOFA, Chicago.
Selected as a finalist, Prometheus Visual Art Award, Gold Coast.
Selected as a finalist, Eaglehawk Art Prize, Vic.
Selected as a finalist, Toorak Sculpture Exhibition, Vic.

2010
Represented by Kirra Gallery at SOFA, Chicago.
‘Human Nature’ Solo Exhibition, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne.
‘MM10, Masters and Mentors’ Kirra Gallery, Melbourne.

2009
Represented by Kirra Gallery at SOFA, Chicago.
‘Monash Momentum 2009’ Kirra Gallery, Melbourne.
Selected as a finalist, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Adelaide.

2008
‘Monash Momentum 2008’ Kirra Gallery, Melbourne.
Represented by Kirra Gallery at SOFA, Chicago.

2007
‘Represented by Kirra Gallery at SOFA, Chicago.
‘Generation M’ Kirra Gallery, Federation Square. Melbourne.
‘One Family’s Perspective’ Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Vic.
‘Cowra Arts Festival, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW.
‘Encore 07’ Glass Artists Gallery, Sydney.

AWARDS

2015
KIGA Illuminating Glass Award – Honourable Mention

2013
The MAGE studio glass award Winner, Mansfield

2011
Tricia Allen Memorial Prize Winner, Nowa Nowa Nudes

2009
The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Highly Commended – SA Museum
– Australasian Art Society Annual Show, People’s Choice – Monsalvat, Vic

2005
The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Third Place, Sculpture Section – SA Museum

2002
Pilchuck Glass School, Scholarship.

2001
Latrobe Regional Art Gallery Acquisition – Monash University.
Nominated by Dino Rosin as a candidate for the Corning Prize.
Sam Slater Award, Best Exhibit Under 30yo. Wildlife Art Society of Australasia Inc.

2000
Monash University. Pilchuck Scholarship Award.

1999
Monash University First/Second Year Award for Glass.

PUBLICATIONS

2014
‘Inspiration Wild’, book published by the Wildlife Art Museum of Australia

2010
The Age ‘Fragile Art, fragile environment’ 19 August 2010
Weekly Times, ‘Crystal Stubbs sculpts glass’ 17 November 2010
Regional Arts Victoria,’Gippsland Glass Artist Puts Climate Change on Political Agenda’. 2 August 2010

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