Sally Balfour

Sally uses flame formed birds, creatures, tiny glass beads and found objects, intricately beaded together to create magical garden necklaces and earrings.

The studio where Sally works and lives is on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, Victoria  where she draws much of her inspiration for her beautiful and collectable artworks She creates intricately beaded jewellery made from elements of her flame formed birds, animals and flowers combined with tiny glass beads and found objects. Her works take many weeks to make and are admired by collectors around the world. She has won many awards in glasswork, beading and jewellery making both in Australia and the USA and is continually taking courses and experimenting with all forms of jewellery making to extend her skills and master her art.

‘Imagination, ongoing learning and never enough tools.  Stories to be told within a love of intricate bead weaving using my own created and found materials.’

QUALIFICATIONS

2017
Corina Tettinger – Author “Passing The Flame”
Master class Soft glass techniques.

2014
Debbie Sheezel – Enamelling on fine silver for jewellery.

2014
Nancy Megan-Corwin – Author “Chasing and Repouse”
Master class – Chasing and Repouse and making and tempering Metal tools.
Sharon Peters – Master class – Soft glass sculpture
Bernard Stoner – Fire Bird Studios
Boro and Soft glass sculpture

2012-2013
Completed Advanced Diploma of  Engineering Technology –  Jewellery NMIT  Fairfield Campus.
Apecs Investment Castings P/L – “Best use of Casting” award.

2011
Carol Gregory – Working with silver clay.

2010
Loren Stump – Master class – making a glass paperweight/glass sculpture /glass beadmaking.

AWARDS

2014
The Mage – Mansfield. Winner – Australian Contemporary glass jeweller.

2013
Apecs Investment Castings P/L – Best Use of Casting – Award.

2008
Twice Finalist – Fire Mountain Gems America Beading Contest

2007
Gold Medal Winner, Glass section, Fire Mountain Gems America  Beading Contest.

2004
Winner Highly Commended for beadwork, Derinya Art Show, Frankston South

EXHIBITIONS

 2007 to 2017
Annual Exhibiting artist ‘Flame on Glass’ exhibition, Kirra Galleries  Melbourne
Exhibitor – Sofa –Chicago Art Show Kirra Galleries

2003-2008
Invited artist, Craft and Jewellery section, Derinya Art Show, Frankston South. Vic

2003-2008
Invited artist, Craft then Jewellery section, Walkers Road Art Show, Mt Eliza

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