Tim Shaw

Tim’s striking blown and carved vessels draw the viewer to scenes reminiscent of sweeping  Constable landscapes  whilst his illuminated glass sculptures exude influences from the palette of Van Gogh.

Tim Shaw has three degrees in Glassblowing. After attaining his BA(Hons) from North Staffordshire Polytechnic in the UK in the early 80’s, he went on to study at the avant-garde Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam where he continued to develop and experiment creating a unique style of art glass.

Upon his return to the UK he established a hot glass workshop in London where he continued his artistic practice. His creative talent was recognised by his peers, and he was invited to undertake his second MA at the prestigious Royal College of Art London.  Here he further refined and honed his glassmaking skills whilst pushing the boundaries of his artistic expression.

For the past 18 years Tim has resided in Australia  where he operates his own hotglass workshop, one of the few independent studios in South Australia.  His workshop is nestled amongst the Stringybark forests of the beautiful Adelaide Hills. In this idyllic and creative setting, Tim’s work has flourished absorbing an Australian influence, but many works still retain a European feel. His inspiration is most marked through his use of vibrant colour and his versatility. This can be seen in  the striking cold worked vessels depicting scenes reminiscent of a Constable painting, whilst his illuminated glass sculptures and lights exude influences from the palette of Van Gogh. His passion for glass and his love of colour, surface decoration and texture captures the viewer and fires the imagination.

Throughout his career he has  exhibited extensively, both Nationally and Internationally. His work resides in many prestigious collections in Australia the USA and Europe and many private collections worldwide.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1999 – 2017
Own Studio/Hotshop/Gallery – Aldgate, Australia

2012 – 2014
Studio tenant, Jam Factory – Adelaide

2010
Designer, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Australia

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2016
Artist in residence, Glass Furnace Istanbul.

2012
Centrifuge Workshop, Richard Morrell, Castlemain Au.

2011
Residency, Peter Bremers, Netherlands

2010
Residency, National Glass Centre, UK, Residency & Masterclass, Leerdam NL.

2009
David Reekie Masterclass, Adelaide

2007
Residency, Northlands, Scotland

2006
Lino Tagliapietra Workshop, Adelaide

TEACHING EXPERIERIENCE from 2007-2017

2017
Ngwenya glass, Workshop, Swaziland

2015
Bild-Werk, Frauenau – Germany.

2014
Glass Furnace, Turkey – Residential programme National Glass Centre, UK.

2012
Special project, Jam Factory, Adelaide Australia

2011
Ngwenya Glass, Motshane – Swaziland

2010
National Glass Centre – UK
Master class, University of Sunderland – UK

2009
Ngwenya Glass, Motshane – Swaziland
Master class, Tuwane University, Johannesburg

2008
Ngwenya Glass, Motshane – Swaziland
University of SA, Adelaide – Guest Tutor

2007
Glass Furnace, Turkey – Residential programme

ACADEMIC RECORD

1986 – 1988
Master of Arts: MA (RCA) Glass London UK
Royal College of Art

1983 – 1985
Staat Diploma Glas Amsterdam Netherlands
Gerrit Rietveld Academie

1980 – 1983
BA (Hons) Glass Stoke-on-Trent  UK
North Staffordshire Polytechnic

GALLERIES REPRESENTED

Australian Contemporary – Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.
Glass Artists Gallery – Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Raven Gallery, Denver, Colarado, USA
Piece Gallery Vail, Colorado, USA
Marshal fine art Gallery – Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Bender Gallery, Ashville – N.Carolina USA.
Art Images – Adelaide, AUSTRALIA.
Gallery Sikabonye – Vienna, AUSTRIA
Plateaux Gallery at Thomas Goode, London UK
Ken Saunders – Chicago, USA

SELECTED  EXHIBITIONS

2017
S.O.F.A. Chicago, Bender Gallery, USA
The Big Landscape, Art Images, adelaide.

2005-2016
S.O.F.A. Chicago, Kirra galleries, USA.

2014
Etiene Gallery, Oiesterwick, NL

2013
Hahndorf Academy, Adelaide – Australia.

2012
Gallery Sikabonye, Vienna – Austria

2011
National Glass Centre, UK

2010
‘Hearts of Glass’, Adelaide Australia

2007
‘Et in arcadia ego’, Nexus Gallery – Adelaide

2005
‘Glasscapes’, Nexus Gallery – Adelaide

2004
‘Reves de Vases’, Luniverre Gallery – Paris

2003
‘Artlantis’, Port Lincoln – South Australia

2002
‘Sensorium’, Evolution Art – Adelaide

2001
‘Frozen Fire’, Kirra Australia – Melbourne

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

National Glass Centre UK, Sars Poteries, France, National Glas Collection,
Leerdam, Netherlands, Art Gallery of South Australia, Australia, Museum of American Glass,
NJ, USA, Fraunau Glass Museum, Germany, Broadfield House Glass Museum,
UK, Institution of Contemporary Art, UK, Stedelijk Museum,
Amsterdam, Netherlands, National Museums Scotland

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Best of Worldwide Glass Artists, Adelaide Hills Courier newspaper, Kirra Catalogue, S.O.F.A. Catalogu,
‘The 50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass’ London, July/August, Zeck Magazine.
Article by Fatos Ciftci, October, Craft Arts International. Article by Dr. Noris Ioannou, September,
Verre & Creation, Tom Malone Prize Catalogue. Art Gallery of WA, February, Wallpaper Magazine.
Hottest 100 (#39), Ranamok Glass Prize Catalogue, March, Virgin Blue Voyeur Magazine. Article,
Glass: A contemporary Art by Dan Klien, Christies Calalogues Decorative art 1880 – present.

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