Giselle Courtney

Giselle Courtney is an award winning glass artist who thrives off the beauty of nature. She uses natural forms as inspiration to construct exquisite jewellery and sculptures.

Her talent was sparked by techniques handed down by generations of her family who were artisans and pattern makers in wood, ceramics, porcelain and fabric. In 1980 when Giselle attended the Sydney College of The Arts, she majored in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Glass. She was the first student in Australia to graduate from a formal full-time glass course.

Her  artwork combines both glass and metal to create stunning nature inspired jewellery as well as sculpture, objects and lighting. She uses flame working techniques to shape and  manipulate glass, creating  mesmerising optical illusions. These outsanding bodies of work can be seen in large-scale commissions in Sydney, Japan and America. Her artwork has been collected and commissioned both privately and publicly in museums throughout Australia and the world including the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, the Corning Museum and The Museum of Art and Design in New York. She has won many awards, most recently the Peoples Choice Award at the Kirra Illuminating Glass Award (KIGA) in Federation Square, Melbourne for her light sculpture “Blossom”.

Giselle’s one of a kind jewellery designs are created using borosilicate glass with sterling silver and stainless steel wire.

“I see a clear picture of my art in my mind and physically work my way towards it. I work with fire to make ice. I am an artist who works in many dimensions. “Luminous Mysteries”.

EDUCATION

1980
Obtained Bachelor of Arts Degree, Sydney College of the Arts

1981
Goldsmithing Course, International Sommer Akademie Fur Bildende Kunst Salzburg, Austria.

1982 – 1992
Co-Director, Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney

1988
Pilchuck International Summer School, USA

EXHIBITIONS

2013
“Flame on Glass” Kirra Galleries, Melbourne
“Bijoux 2013” The Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, USA

2012
“30/30” the 30th Anniversary of the Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney

2008
City of Hobart Art Prize 2008 Hobart, Tasmania

2007 – 2010
“Glass Wear” Touring exhibition, Museum of Arts and Design, New York USA

2006
“Shanghai International Creative Week” Creative Design, Creative Life, architectural   showcase
“Shanghai Art Fair”, Australian Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China

2005
“Sabbia: The Next Chapter” Contemporary Australian & New Zealand studio glass & Ceramics

2004
“Couples: For the Love of Glass” exhibition with R Monk, Tobin-Hewett Gallery, Louisville, USA

2003
“Glass on Flame” 2003 Australian flame workers exhibition, Melbourne
‘Glass weekend 03’ with Glass Artists’ Gallery, Creative Glass Centre, Wheaton USA

2002
Mitsukoshi Int’l Glass Arts Festival Taiwan – solo exhibit, touring Taiwan
“Whimsical Innovations” with Margaret Berman, Scottsdale, Arizona
‘Ecstasy’ Contemporary Australian Studio Glass –  Quadrivium, QVB, Sydney

2001
“Shoal”, installation, Hsinchu Int’l Glass Art Festival, Glass Art Museum Hsinchu, Taiwan
‘Shoal’, solo exhibition- Gallery Nakama , Tokyo
‘Glass weekend 01’ with Glass Artists’ Gallery, Creative Glass Centre, Wheaton USA
‘Glass Art In Australia’ a survey of contemporary glass – Quadrivium QVB, Sydney

2000
‘Wearing Glass’ – group exhibition, Glass Art Gallery, London, UK

1999
‘Giselle Courtney and Rodney Monk’ two artist exhibition –  Framed, The Darwin Gallery NT
‘Glass weekend 99’ with Glass Artists’ Gallery, Creative Glass Centre, Wheaton USA
‘Passion’ Contemporary Australian Glass, Quadrivium, QVB, Sydney
‘Skill’- selected exhibition for Craft Victoria, touring regional Victoria.
‘Contemporary Australian Craft To Japan’ Hokkaido M.O.M.A Takaoka Art Museum
M.O.M.A. Shiga, Japan. Object Galleries, Customs House Sydney.
’18th National Craft Acquisition Award’, M.A.G.N.T.

1998
‘Glass Jewellery and Object’-solo exhibition, Gallery Kurimoto, Nagoya, Japan
‘Masters of Australian Glass’, Quadrivium, QVB, Sydney ( Sydney Festival )
Toowoomba Biennial Acquisitive Award and Exhibition, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
‘The 1998 Bathurst Art Purchase’, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

1997
‘Contemporary Wearables’, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and touring Australia.
‘S.O.F.A.’ Chicago, with Glass Artists‘ Gallery
‘Wheaton Glass Collectors Weekend’ with Glass Artists’ Gallery, Wheaton U.S.A.
‘The Metal Element’ – group exhibition, Quadrivium, QVB, Sydney
‘Glass’ – group exhibition, Quadrivium, QVB, Sydney
‘Tresors’ with Glass Artists Gallery- Singapore International Exhibition Centre, Singapore
‘Glass Jewellery; An International Survey’ Joanne Rapp Gallery-The Hand & Spirit USA
‘Works in Glass’ Art Forum Gallery, Singapore

1996
‘1996 City of Hobart Art Prize’ – Carnegie Gallery, Hobart Town Hall.
‘16th National Craft Acquisition Award’ – M.A.G.N.T.
‘Water From Fire’-solo exhibition Gallery Kurimoto – Nagoya, Japan
‘Tresors’ with Glass Artists Gallery- Singapore International Exhibition Centre, Singapore

1995 – 1999
‘Bijoux : le Verre Pret-a-Porter’ – Musee Du Verre, Belgium touring Holland & Spain, Fundacion Centro Nacional del Vidrio

1995
‘Water From Fire’- Solo exhibition, Framed-The Darwin Gallery, Darwin.
’15th National Craft Acquisition Award 1995’-Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
‘S.O.F.A.’ with Glass Artists’ Gallery- Miami & Chicago U.S.A.
‘Out Of The Void: Mad and Bad Women’ Art from the Collection of the Queensland Art Gallery.

1993
‘Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition 93’ Navy Pier, Chicago, with G.A.G.
‘Contemporary Wearables’ Invitation Jewellery Award -Toowoomba.
‘Valuable Emotions’ Solo Touring Exhibition, Gallery If -Tokyo, Gallery Kurimoto -Nagoya, Artbox – Osaka, Japan.

1992
Solo Exhibition, Garis, Jakarta, Indonesia
‘Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition 92’ Navy Pier, Chicago, G.A.G.
‘National Contemporary Jewellery Award’ Griffith Regional Art Gallery.
‘The Value Of Emotions’ Solo Exhibition Makers Mark Gallery, Melbourne
‘The 2nd 99 Glass Art Show’ Osaka, Japan
‘Wearable Glass’ – G.A.G. Sydney, Jam Factory, Adelaide. ASA Glass Gallery, Tokyo
‘Glas – Schmuck’ – touring exhibition, Germany

1991
‘Glass Jewellery:  25 Centuries of Style’ – Steuben Gallery – New York (Corning Collection)
‘A Body of Water’ Solo touring exhibition – Gallery If – Tokyo, Gallery Kurimoto – Nagoya.
Artbox – Osaka, Japan
‘Veneers and Facades’ Craft Council Gallery ACT
‘Challenging the Medium’ Blaxland Gallery, Sydney

1990-1991
‘New Glass — Lamp worked: An International Survey’. Monica Trüjen Antiquitäten Glas, Bremen, Germany.GlassmuseumImmenhausen,Germany.Lobmeyr, Vienna,Austria.

1990
‘Glass, Jewellery & Object’. Giselle Courtney, James Minson and Yoko Kuramoto. Craft Art Gallery, Ikebukuro Seibu Department Store, Tokyo, Japan.
Solo Exhibition, The Maker’s Mark, Melbourne.
‘Wearable Glass 1990’. Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney.

1989
‘Diversions’ Giselle Courtney and James Minson. Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney

1988
Solo Exhibition, Foster/White Gallery at Frederick and Nelson, Seattle, WA, USA
‘Miniature Glass’. The Potters’ Gallery, Brisbane
‘Classics At The Craft Centre’. The Craft Centre Gallery, Sydney
‘Glass Australia 88’. Meat Market Craft Centre, Melbourne
‘Wearable Glass’. Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney

1987
‘Glass in Public Spaces’. Westpac Gallery, Melbourne in collaboration with J.Minson.
‘Wearable Glass’. Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney

1986
‘Variations’. Collaborative Exhibition with James Minson. Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney
‘Jewellery in Glass’ Galleries Momiron, Paris & Cannes in collab. with J. Minson.
‘Not Another Boring Old Aussie Frock’. Roundhouse Gallery, University of N.S.W.

1985
‘Art Works Glass’. Craft Council of N.S.W. Gallery
‘Wearable Glass 85’. Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney
‘Glass & Other Materials’. Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney‘ Collaborations’. Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney

1984
‘Wearable Glass II’. Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney

1983
‘Ausglass II’. Jam Factory, Adelaide
Solo Exhibition. Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney
‘Wearable Glass’. Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney

1981
‘Contemporary Glass – Australia, Canada, U.S.A. & Japan’. M, O .M. A,Tokyo & Kyoto

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