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”.

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