Jennie Merritt

Jennie creates flamboyant necklaces and wearable art using hundreds of sculptured glass flowers and leaves.

I was drawn to flame working by my love for making jewellery. I made my first glass bead in December 2009 and since then have been mesmerised and frustrated at times, by the action of melting and forming glass. I am mainly self-taught from books and the internet and I believe this has enabled me to experiment more freely. For me, being a glass artist means freedom to try new ideas, never wanting to conform or be similar to others. I especially love working glass with metals, such as my headpins. The glass is melted and formed directly on to fine gauge wire, that I then wire on to bases to create jewellery pieces.

My work is not always shy and retiring. Some are statement pieces, but that is the beauty of being in control, and being able to produce what is in my heart and mind at that time. Being unique is something I strive for and hope I am achieving. Recently, I have challenged myself to create bigger sculptural pieces from my small wired components.

My first work of this type “Fragile Armour” was exhibited in July 2017 at the Glass + exhibition in Perth, West Australia where it won the Peoples Choice Award. I am currently working on the second piece in the series of this work alongside creating my usual jewellery items.

EXHIBITIONS

2013
WA Glass Exhibition Zig Zag Gallery, Kalamunda, WA
Bead Dreams.  Run by Bead and Button Magazine Milwaukee. US
Genetics Overcome. Sculpture displayed at the Wanneroo Art Awards WA
Foliage, displayed at the Bead and Button Show, Milwaukee. US
Flame on Glass exhibition, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne
Adventures with Alice. Dalwallinu Arts Festival WA

2014
Flair exhibition, Ausglass. Central Perth Gallery, Perth, WA
Flame on Glass Exhibition, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne
Mansfield Art Glass Exposition. Victoria
Bead Society of Victoria exhibition Expo, Melbourne

2015
Festival of Glass, Drysdale, Victoria
Flame on Glass Exhibition, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne

2016
Glass + Exhibition, Kalamunda, WA
Flame on Glass Exhibition, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne

2017
Flame on Glass Exhibition, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne
Fragile Armour, Glass + Exhibition, Zig Zag Gallery, Kalamunda, WA

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2013
Finalist finished Jewellery Category, Bead Dreams run by Bead and Button Magazine, Milwaukee, USA.
Winner of the Dalwallinu Arts Festival Jewellery prize and Overall Craft Prize with ‘Adventures with Alice’

2014
Winner of the Bead Society of Victoria ‘Featured Artist of the Year’ Award’, Melbourne

2015
Third Place, Wearable Art, Festival of Glass, Drysdale, Victoria.

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