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Twilight Flames tickets now on sale

posted 9 Aug 2017, 22:44 by Glenda Mac Naughton   [ updated 9 Aug 2017, 22:45 ]

The 2018 Twilight Flames 

Date and Time

Sat. 17 February 2018

7:00 pm – 10:30 pm AEDT


Leura Park Estate

1400 Portarlington Road

Curlewis, VIC 3222

We are delighted to announce Mauro Vianello (Murano, Venice, Italy) will be our star attraction demonstrating glassblowing and glass sculpture using a gas-fuelled torch at the 2018 Twilight Flames event. The 2017 event was a sell-out so get in early to avoid disappointment.

Full details including ticket purchases now available at this link.

2108 Glass Workshops with Venetian Glass Master Now Open for booking

posted 20 Jun 2017, 22:24 by Glenda Mac Naughton   [ updated 24 Sep 2017, 20:57 ]

2018 Festival of Glass workshops


Tutor: Mauro Vianello (Venice, Italy)

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN (Beginners and Advanced Bead makers & Sculptors)

$390 per day per person (includes all glass and specialist tools)

Maximum 10 students in a session

Air-conditioned venue with ergonomic chairs in central Drysdale.


Mauro is a world-class glass master who currently creates highly naturalistic representations in glass of animals and plants, many of them associated with the sea. His visit offers intermediate and experienced bead-makers & sculptors across Australia a unique opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary Venetian glass processes and techniques and to use them to enhance their beads & sculptures.

Bringing Mauro to the Bellarine Peninsula is quite a coup for the Festival! This will be his first visit to Australia, but his enormous skill as an artist and a teacher brings him invitations from around the world to teach and to create blown glass, glass beads and glass sculptures on commission. In June this year, he was in Pittsburgh, USA and in August he will be a featured artist at the 2017 “Flame Off France” in Remiremont. In 2016, Murano’s Museo Vetro (Museum of Glass) held an exhibition highlighting the continuity between Mauro's work and that of father and son Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka - two nineteenth century glass artists from Dresden, Germany who achieved international fame for their highly detailed, accurate glass models of plants and sea creatures. 

Mauro has been a glass worker for twenty three years. He creates anything in glass - from traditional Venetian beads to small and large sculptures. In creating his larger sculptures, he often combines lampworking and glass fusing with cold-worked glass. As a teacher, Mauro’s aim is that each student leaves his classes happy because they have increased their skill and knowledge. His students praise his generosity, his technical skills and patience as a teacher and his ability to tailor his teaching to suit their differing interests and skill levels. They also delight in his sense of humour!


Workshops with International Artist in Residence announced

posted 19 May 2017, 02:58 by Glenda Mac Naughton

Get your Expression of Interest in quickly for our International Artist in Residence workshops. We are excited to announce that Mauro Vianello (Venice, Italy) has agreed to be our 2018 Artist in Residence. This is an amazing opportunity to learn from an internationally renowned teacher and glass artist. We anticipate workshops filling quickly so please send us your EOI now to secure places.

Download EOI form at the bottom of this page.

2018 Exhibitor application forms now on the web

posted 26 Apr 2017, 18:51 by Glenda Mac Naughton

Yes its that time of year - if you'd like to exhibit at the 2018 Festival of Glass please follow links for Exhibitors in the Side bar (left).

Book early to avoid disappointment. Exhibitor spots sold out quickly last year.

Look forward to hearing from new exhibitors and welcoming back previous exhibitors.

2017 Drysdale Glass Art Award winners - now on the web

posted 5 Mar 2017, 15:47 by Glenda Mac Naughton

The 2017 Drysdale Glass Art Award winners were announced at the Festival of Glass Expo, 19th Feb 2017. The information is now on the website - follow links in the side bar to Glass Art Awards.

Congratulation to the winners, thanks to everyone who entered, those who judged and those who voted in the popular vote.

2017 Festival of Glass Expo - 19 Feb - program and site plan now on the web

posted 10 Feb 2017, 14:50 by Glenda Mac Naughton   [ updated 14 Feb 2017, 16:26 ]

Download the Festival of Glass Expo PDF program and site plan from the bottom of this page or follow links in side bar to Glass Expo 2017. Please let us know if you have any difficulty downloading and we can email it to you.

Treasure Hunters out and about - still time to enter

posted 6 Feb 2017, 18:29 by Glenda Mac Naughton   [ updated 6 Feb 2017, 19:03 ]

There is still time to enter the Festival of Glass Treasure Hunt (follow links in the side bar for details). Here's two recent Treasure Hunters Lilly and Scarlet who have had a great time collecting every stamp. I wonder what they might win in the draw at the Festival of Glass Expo. Good luck to all the Treasure Hunters who enter.

Twilight Flames - Sold Out

posted 31 Jan 2017, 16:03 by Glenda Mac Naughton

We have now sold out of tickets for Twilight Flames - congratulations to all who have managed to get tickets for what is bound to be a memorable event. Thanks to everyone for their  support.

2017 Glass Art Awards: entries close 1 February 2017

posted 24 Jan 2017, 00:02 by Glenda Mac Naughton

2017 Glass Art Awards: entries close 1 February 2017. Click here https://sites.google.com/site/fogawards/ for information about categories and conditions and to enter online via Artcall - https://fogawards.artcall.org/

Glass Art Treasure Hunt starts 2nd Jan

posted 31 Dec 2016, 21:19 by Glenda Mac Naughton

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