Gerry King

Gerry King’s mesmerising kiln formed glass panels and sculptures are the result of more than forty years experimenting with the medium.

Gerry is an artist and designer specialising in contemporary glass. His work is exhibited, collected and published internationally and held in some twenty public collections worldwide. Orientated towards exhibiting, he is also sought for design and architectural projects.

He first worked with glass while undertaking postgraduate studies in the USA during the early 70s. Originally trained as a glassblower he now works with a wide variety of techniques to create masterful works often with an underlying socio-political  commentary. He holds a variety of academic awards in art and education culminating in a Doctor of Creative Arts from The University of Wollongong awarded in 1993. In the 1980s he was instrumental in the development of the Glass Studies course at the University of South Australia. On occasion he is engaged as a commissioned artist or designer, consultant, author, workshop leader, lecturer and presenter of conference papers both nationally and internationally.

His experience and skill enable him to create a body of work that is both highly crafted but also fluid, where he has allowed for the outcome to have some serendipity in the firing process.  He uses  pre-fired glass patterns within cast glass to create works filled with colour and translucency, trapping the memory of time and landscape within.

‘My landscape influenced works are not depictions of specific views but rather a record of the emotional experience occasioned by recollections of colour and forms. I am also inspired by rural districts I often visit. Some are in the rain shadow of the Adelaide Hills and during summer the grass covered slopes are a harsh dry brown but in winter they are radiant with a resplendent swaying green. The contrast is so stark that it barely seems possible. These valleys are a short distance from my home which is located on a high rainfall, tall tree covered steep hill. This difference is startling, illustrating the change wrought upon landscape by availability of water’

Recent activities in 2019 include Designer and Workshop Leader at The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey and  Conferee and exhibitor, Ausglass conference Whanganui New Zealand.  In 2018 he was Workshop Leader China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, Consultant  Zibo/Shanghai University PhD Glass Studio Project, China, Judge and lecturer, Hebei Glass Festival, Shandong, China, and Judge and Lecturer 2nd Chinese Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition, Henen, China


Doctor of Creative Arts: University of Wollongong, Australia

Advanced Dip. Teaching, (Fine Art): Torrens C A E, Australia

Certificate Hot and Flat Glass: Georgian College, Canada

Master of Science, Education: Alfred University, USA

Certificate Printmaking: SA School of Art, Australia

Certificate Ceramics: SA School of Art, Australia

Awarded Post Graduate Year:  SA School of Art, Australia

Diploma of Art Teaching: SA School of Art, Australia


National Gallery of Australia: Canberra, National Art Glass Collection: Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Queensland Art Gallery: Brisbane, Queensland
Art Gallery of Western Australia: Perth, Western Australia
National Gallery of Victoria: Melbourne, Victoria
Art Gallery of South Australia: Adelaide, South Australia
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery: Launceston, Tasmania
State Craft Collection of Victoria: Melbourne, Victoria
Banyule Collection: Victoria
Latrobe Valley Arts Centre: Victoria
The Art Trust: Australia
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology: Melbourne, Victoria
Flinders University of South Australia: Adelaide, South Australia
Niijima Contemporary Glass
Art Collection: Niijima, Japan
Notojima Glass Art Museum
Notojima, Japan
International Collection of Modern Glass Art: Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Auckland Institute and Museum: Auckland, New Zealand
Wustum Museum of Fine Art: Racine, Wisconsin, USA
Museo Municipal De Arte En Vidrio De Alcorcon: Madrid, Spain
Marinha Grande National Museum Marinha Grande, Portugal
The World of Glass: St Helens, Merseyside, England
Modern Art Project: South Africa
Kaplan/Ostergaard Glass Center: Palm Springs, USA
Sir Elton John Glass Collection: Great Britain Tsinghua University Collection: Beijing, China Private Collections:
Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, USA, Singapore, U K, Hong Kong, Philippines, Germany
Private Commissions: Australia, USA, Singapore
Public Commissions: Australia


Honorary Life Member: Ausglass, The Australian Assoc. of Glass Artists

Export Grant: Austrade

Grant: Department of the Arts, SA
Export Grant: Austrade

Cultural Exchange Grant: Australia/Korea Foundation

Cultural Exchange Fellowship: Bank of Tokyo

Grant: Department of the Arts, SA

Grant: Australia Council

Phi Kappa Phi

EXHIBITIONS [Recent / Selected]

Hangzhou International Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition: China Academy of Art, China
REVIEW: Masters Of Glass, SABBIA GALLERY, Sydney
Virtuoso II; Kirra Galleries, Melbourne

SOFA Chicago: Kirra Galleries, USA
Tianyuan IGAF International Glass Festival: Shacheng, China
Gerry King – Solo: three score & ten
Aptos Cruz Galleries, Adelaide
South Australia & Shandong Exhibition: Kerry Packer Gallery, Adelaide
Land, Sea & Sky: Kirra Galleries, Melbourne

Crafted Light: Aptos Cruz Galleries, Adelaide Illuminations: Ausglass Conference Exhibition, Adelaide
SOFA Chicago: Kirra Galleries, [USA]

Art Shanghai: Shanghai, China
Hsinchu City International Glass Art Festival: Hsinchu Glass Museum, Taiwan
Distant Horizons: Kirra Galleries, Melb.

Conversations with King: Tshwane University, South Africa
Gerry King / Retief van Wyk: Modern Art Project, Pretoria, South Africa
Wheaton Village Glass Weekend: NJ, USA
Ruby Ruby: Hahndorf Academy, SA
Hall of Flame: Adelaide Convention Centre Ensemble: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

Director’s Choice: Kirra Galleries, Melb
SA Glass Survey: Worth Gallery, Adelaide
Palmer Sculpture Exhibition: Palmer, SA

Kaplan-Ostergaard Glass Center Exhibition, 2011- 12: Palm Springs Art Museum, USA
Our Glass World, 4th International Egerart Art: Izmir Gallerisi, Turkey
The Tom Malone Exhibition: Art Gallery of Western Australia
Objects: BMGART, Adelaide
Segue: Kirra Galleries, Melbourne
Gerry King – Solo: Iconic Memory: SABBIA GALLERY, Sydney
Protégé: Aptos Cruz Galleries, Adelaide Transceudence: Municipal Gallery of Marinha Grande, Portugal
Geometry: Masters of Glass
SABBIA GALLERY, Sydney, 2010
Masterpieces in Miniature: Kirra Galleries, Melbourne
Palmer Sculpture Biennial, Palmer SA

Gerry King – Solo
INTO THE FOURTH DECADE: a retrospective, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, GlasHart, Fort Vuren, Holland
SOFA New York: New York, USA
Maestros-Australian Studio Glass & Ceramics: SABBIA GALLERY, Sydney

Crossfire: Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW
Palmer Sculpture Biennial, Palmer SA

Mastery-In Contemporary Glass: The Arts House, Singapore
Bombay Sapphire Exhibition, New Zealand, Singapore
The Hobart Prize, Tasmanian Art Gallery and Museum, Hobart
Collect: V&A Museum, London. UK,
Korea International Art Fair: Seoul, Korea, 2006
Australian Glass 2006: Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Bombay Sapphire Blue Room: Auckland, New Zealand
30 Years of Glass – Gerry King
ART Singapore, Singapore
Mastery: Gaffer Studio Glass, Hong Kong

PUBLICATIONS [Represented / selected] Australian Signatures:

The National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass: Neiswander J, Intelligent Layman, London, 2006
Revealing the Mystery Veil of Glass Art: Wang S, Artist Book, Taipei, 2006
Australian Glass Today: Osborne M. Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2006
Artists in Glass: Late Twentieth Century Masters in Glass:
Klein D, Mitchell Beazley, London 2001
The Story of Studio Glass: ed. Lynggaard F, Rhodos, Copenhagen, 1998
The Dictionary of Art: ed. Turner J, Grove, New York, 1996
Glass Art: Layton P, A & C Black, London, 1996
Australian Studio Glass: Ioannou N, Craftsman House, Sydney, Australia, 1995 National Art Glass Collection: City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, Australia, 1995

PUBLISHED as Author  [Selected]

Australian Signatures: The National Art Glass Collection, Essay, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
The Story of Studio Glass: Ed. Lynggaard F, Rhodos, Copenhagen, 1998
Forceps of Language: Ed. Thompson B, C. C. of A, Sydney, 1992
Craft Arts International: various issues, Australia Monthly Design: Various issues, Korea
Craft Australia: Various issues, Australia Glashaus: Various issues, Germany
Asian Arts Education: Japan
Blueprint: Philippines
Marmalade: Issue 04, Australia
Into the Flame: Kirra Galleries, Melbourne