For over 15 years Blue Dog Glass studio has been home to a large community of people interested in working with glass as an artistic medium. We’ve been supplying glass, providing learning opportunities and making our equipment and studio spaces available to professional and hobby glass artists alike during that time.
Visitors from across Melbourne, Victoria, interstate and even overseas have come to our studio home to experience glass for the first time, to learn new skills and to hone their craft. Some rely on our facilities to create their works while others take the skills they learn here and continue making their art in their own home studios. In doing so, our glass community has grown far and wide, along with people’s opportunity to explore and extend their own creativity.
For the last three years the studio has run an exhibition and open day during the Craft Cubed Festival. By inviting new people to experience the world of glass art in a friendly and casual setting (our ‘home’) they can see it is a craft that is open to anyone who is interested in giving it a try.
This year, our gallery space will host an exhibition of works from some of our experienced students through the whole of August. They will be exploring the theme: Reflections of Home and through their works they will highlight what ‘home’ means to them. Working with glass in a myriad of way offers a wide range of options for creating 2D and 3D works and the theme may be reflected in the use of particular imagery, techniques, display options, etc.
Blue Dog Glass has always been proactive in offering its customers access to new methods as they’ve developed in the glass world. New crafts such as printing, digital imagery, and jewellery making have been added to the range of techniques that can now be incorporated in art works. And this year we’re excited to add a little hot glasswork into our studio home with a new extension – our purpose-built, fully equipped mini hot shop (with a glory hole, kiln and associated tools), to be officially opened at our Open Day on Saturday 11 August.
The public is invited to attend and while at the studio, they have the opportunity to make their own glass project – inspired by the exhibition theme of home - in a short session (with all materials and tools supplied). Several of our exhibiting students will be on hand to assist and guide our visitors through the techniques on offer – as well as discuss their works on display. The whole studio will be open for inspection so that new visitors can see the range of equipment and services available should they wish to take up the craft themselves.
The exhibition will be open to the public during our usual business hours as well as the open day. We will supply all materials and tools for participants in the make-it sessions with the first session free and a small cost for extra sessions booked. No experience is required for make-it session participants and we can include children over 10 years if accompanied by a supervising adult. We do have wheelchair access via our rear door. However, we do not have disabled toilet facilities, etc.