Jonathon Westacott

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.”

ACADEMIC RECORD

1986-87
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hot Glass & Ceramics), Riverina – Murray Institute of Higher Education, Wagga Wagga, NSW

1985
Diploma of Art & Design (First Year), Wangaratta College of Technical and Further Education, Wangaratta, Victoria

1984
Art and Design (Tertiary Orientation Programme) Wangaratta College of Technical and Further Education, Wangaratta, Victoria

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY (self employed since 1992)

2009
Moved the studio to my home in Dulong on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

2006
Own and operate Sunshine Coast Hot Glass Studio Pty Ltd, Yandina, Sunshine Coast in conjunction with Westacott Glass

2004
Formed a company and built Sunshine Coast Hot Glass Studio at Yandina.

1993-2002
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.

1992
Self Employed (hire scheme), The Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide, South Australia

1991
Studio Access and Assistance to Steve Morris, Brolga Glass, Woodburn, NSW
Studio Access, The Jam Factory Hot Glass Studio, Adelaide, SA

1990
Self Employed (Hire Scheme), The Jam Factory Hot Glass Studio, Adelaide, SA

EXHIBITIONS

Aug 2017
Evolve, Brisbane Boys’ Grammar, Brisbane, QLD

June 2017
Exquisite, Caboolture Regional Gallery, Caboolture, QLD March 2017
Art in the Valley, Rosewhite Hall, Rosewhite, VIC

Oct 2016
Fresh Glass, Canberra Glassworks, Canberra, ACT
Sculpture at the Creek, Aarwun Gallery, Canberra, ACT

April 2012
Rainforest to Reef, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

July 2006
Escape Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia

July 2005
Sunshine Coast Hot Glass Studio members show, Yandina, Queensland

Nov 2004
“OCEAN” Noosa Regional Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia

Nov 1992
Joint Exhibition, Australian Fine Craft Designers Gallery, Adelaide, SA

Sept 1992
“Aqueous” – Solo exhibition, Jam Factory Craft & Design Centre, Adelaide, SA

Oct 1991
Clarence Valley Arts Collective Exhibition, Artisan Gallery, Grafton, NSW

1990/1991
Hyatt Regency Display, Hyatt Regency, Adelaide, SA

Oct 1990
Fine Arts Exhibition, Scots School, Albury, NSW

Aug 1990
Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, Adelaide University Gallery, Adelaide, SA

June 1990
“The Art of Craft”, Adelaide University Gallery, Adelaide, SA

Nov 1988
Trainee Glass Exhibition, Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide, SA

Oct 1987
Graduate Exhibition, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, NSW
“33 Degrees” Student Graduation Exhibition, Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education, Wagga Wagga, NSW

July 1987
Ceramics/Glass Exhibition, Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education, Wagga Wagga, NSW

WORKSHOPS

1992
Glassblowing demonstration for HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Jam Factory Craft & Design Centre, Official Opening, Adelaide, SA

May 1990
Glassblowing demonstration, South Australian College of Advanced Education, South Australia

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

2006
Toyota Australia – Melbourne

1998
Mr John Laws (media) – Sydney, NSW, Australia

1987
Mr David Green, Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education, Wagga Wagga, NSW

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