Jonathon’s beautiful layered blown vessels are used as a canvas for his original drawings. His inspiration comes from ancient trees found in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast and wilderness areas around Australia.
He Graduated from Charles Sturt University in 1987 with a B.A. in Visual Arts. He completed a traineeship at the Jam Factory glass studio in Adelaide and worked as a practising artist while lecturing at the University of South Australia. He moved to the Sunshine Coast where he worked with Chris Pantano for 12 years. In 2004 he set up the Sunshine Coast Hot Glass Studio where he independently explores and develops ideas and skills whilst continuing to work with other glass artists.
The designs he creates are inspired by natural forms and patterns which he combines with colours that reflect particular environmental conditions. He is fascinated with mans’ interaction in the landscape and the desire to express consciousness through art.
“My most recent work is focused on using glass as a three dimensional canvas for my drawings. I begin by travelling to wilderness areas around my home on the Sunshine Coast in search of old trees that inspire me to capture their story. A recent trip to Kakadu National Park found me hiking up to Jim Jim Falls (anjimjim) and standing on the escarpment overlooking the gorge. The escarpment trail is named after the black wallaroo (Barrk Marlam) which live in the stone county. Gunlom is a waterfall in the southern end of Arnhem Land flowing into the South Alligator River.
Drawing in pen and ink enables me to create a resist for the surface of the glass. I can carve away excess colours to reveal the image – much like a sculptor revealing a figure from marble.”
Additional Artist information
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hot Glass & Ceramics), Riverina – Murray Institute of Higher Education, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Diploma of Art & Design (First Year), Wangaratta College of Technical and Further Education, Wangaratta, Victoria
Art and Design (Tertiary Orientation Programme) Wangaratta College of Technical and Further Education, Wangaratta, Victoria
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY (self employed since 1992)
Moved the studio to my home in Dulong on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Own and operate Sunshine Coast Hot Glass Studio Pty Ltd, Yandina, Sunshine Coast in conjunction with Westacott Glass
Formed a company and built Sunshine Coast Hot Glass Studio at Yandina.
Worked full-time for Chris Pantano as Glassblower, Designer and Technician.
Duties included: Artistic design and application to the technical process Glass furnace design, manufacture and maintenance Glass cutting, grinding and polishing
Glass batching and furnace loading Training assistants and maintaining their skills in glassblowing manufacture.
Self Employed (hire scheme), The Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide, South Australia
Studio Access and Assistance to Steve Morris, Brolga Glass, Woodburn, NSW
Studio Access, The Jam Factory Hot Glass Studio, Adelaide, SA
Self Employed (Hire Scheme), The Jam Factory Hot Glass Studio, Adelaide, SA
Evolve, Brisbane Boys’ Grammar, Brisbane, QLD
Exquisite, Caboolture Regional Gallery, Caboolture, QLD March 2017
Art in the Valley, Rosewhite Hall, Rosewhite, VIC
Fresh Glass, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, ACT
Sculpture at the Creek, Aarwun Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Rainforest to Reef, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
Escape Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia
Sunshine Coast Hot Glass Studio members show, Yandina, Queensland
“OCEAN” Noosa Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Joint Exhibition, Australian Fine Craft Designers Gallery, Adelaide, SA
“Aqueous” – Solo exhibition, Jam Factory Craft & Design Centre, Adelaide, SA
Clarence Valley Arts Collective Exhibition, Artisan Gallery, Grafton, NSW
Hyatt Regency Display, Hyatt Regency, Adelaide, SA
Fine Arts Exhibition, Scots School, Albury, NSW
Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, Adelaide University Gallery, Adelaide, SA
“The Art of Craft”, Adelaide University Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Trainee Glass Exhibition, Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Graduate Exhibition, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, NSW
“33 Degrees” Student Graduation Exhibition, Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Ceramics/Glass Exhibition, Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Glassblowing demonstration for HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Jam Factory Craft & Design Centre, Official Opening, Adelaide, SA
Glassblowing demonstration, South Australian College of Advanced Education, South Australia
Toyota Australia – Melbourne
Mr John Laws (media) – Sydney, NSW, Australia
Mr David Green, Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education, Wagga Wagga, NSW