(r)e v o l v e

(r)evolve was the ausglass conference held in Canberra, Australia, 26-29 Janaury 2017.  Ausglass is the principal body promoting contemporary glass in Australia. The conference brought together Australian and international glass artists, educators, collectors, enthusiasts and industry representatives in a program of presentations, demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions that focused on the conference themes: create, sustain and evolve.


Canberra Glassworks is very proud to present a special series of Professional Workshops in collaboration with Ausglass for the (r)evolve Ausglass Conference 26 – 29 January 2017.   The workshops are conveniently timed for before and after the conference.   

Places are limited, so we encourage you to REGISTER YOUR INTEREST as soon as possible.

Enquiries: Education and Community Engagement Manager Helen Marshall phone 02 6260 7005 or email education@canberraglassworks.com  

Further information:  http://www.canberraglassworks.com/artists/professional-workshops/

To register your interest: http://www.canberraglassworks.com/artists/professional-workshops/expression-of-interest-form/


An introduction to flameworking at the torch. Cover basics of how to construct large and small scale sculpture as well as jewellery using borosilicate, soft and recycled glass. Discuss the potentials for flameworking to be a great source of income for small scale production work as well as how it can be used in large-scale conceptual sculpture.

  • Dates:   23 - 25 Jan 2017
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: $750 per student
  • Skill level: Beginner

About Amber Cowan

Amber Cowan is an artist and educator living in Philadelphia. She is a faculty member of the glass department of Tyler School of Art, where she received her MFA in 2011 in Glass/Ceramics.

She has taught at schools around the country including The Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts and The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. Cowan was the recipient of the 2014 Rakow Commission from The Corning Museum of Glass and her work is in the collections of The RISD Museum and The Shanghai Museum of Glass.

She has had solo exhibitions at Heller Gallery in New York and The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.


This three-day workshop, presented at Canberra Glassworks and the neighbouring Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the various techniques available to translate photographic and high detail imagery into fused and slumped glass work. Image making as a surface treatment will also be explored.

Techniques covered include:

  • Preparing digital imagery for screen-printing
  • Coating and exposing silk screens
  • Printing of high fire enamels onto glass
  • Use of light sensitive sandblasting resists
  • Firing approaches and schedules


  • Dates: 23 - 25 January, 2017
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: $890
  • Skill level: Beginner

About Kate Baker

Contemporary Australian artist Kate Baker combines bold experimentation, a mastery of material and a confident aesthetic to create innovative and evocative works not found elsewhere in the contemporary arts world. 

Baker amplifies the medium of glass with a sensibility more commonly found in the realm of visual arts. Drawing on her background in studio glass and applying this knowledge within a contemporary art context has seen her evolve as a global pioneer in her field.

Before graduating from the Glass Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art in Canberra in 1999, Baker studied photography, printmaking and sculpture. Today, her practice seamlessly integrates these mediums, erasing the traditional divisions between them.

Baker locks ghostly, elusive and suggestive images into layers of glass and more recently metal. Her themes are of a complex human environment layered with physical, psychological and emotional strata, inviting the viewer to consider the relationship between the self and one’s experience.

Baker’s works have been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally including at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, the SOFA Art Fair in Chicago, USA, the Alexander Tutsek Foundation in Munich, Germany, the International Exhibition of Glass in Kanazawa, Japan and the Glass Biennale in Venice, Italy. Both a finalist and winner of national and international art prizes, scholarships and grants, her artworks are featured in collections globally.



This workshop will be technical and skill-based at its core. Discussions will weigh heavily on:

  • explorations of shape and form;
  • variations of mark making;
  • pattern possibilities; and
  • the inherent qualities that glass offers

Students will be encouraged to influence the direction of the class, giving suggestions on demonstrations and discussing particular technical hurdles they struggle with.

  • Dates: 1 to 5 February, 2017
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: $1300
  • Skill level: Advanced

About Pablo Soto

Pablo Soto lives and works in Penland, North Carolina, where he has a studio with his wife Cristina Cordova. He first fell in love with glass at age five, watching Lino Tagliapietra work. He received his BFA in glass from Alfred University (New York) in 2001.

Later, he apprenticed in Ben Moore’s studio in Seattle, Washington, and was a glass resident at the Energy Exchange in Burnsville, North Carolina, a three-year program designed to offer renewable energy sources to support glass and ceramic artists.

In 2007, Pablo was awarded “Excellence in Glass” at the Philadelphia Museum Craft Show, ACC Baltimore, and the Smithsonian Craft Show. In 2008, Pablo received a NC Arts Council Fellowship Grant.

His teaching experience includes courses at Penland School of Crafts, Haystack, Pilchuck Glass School, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Ox Bow. His work is represented far and near.


Learn technique and develop your own engraving style, exploring relief cutting and intaglio, as well as tonal variation and cameo work.

  • Work with diamond wheels and stone wheels, to develop confidence in selecting, orienting and trueing the wheels
  • Refine the use of various polishing wheels and materials
  • Work with overlaid glass to produce small installations, make some examples of deep engravingfor portraiture and figurative work and abstract structure
  • Learn the graal technique, with potential to link engraving with hot glass

Time on the course will be divided between technical exercises, coursework and your own projects.

  • Dates: 30 January to 3 February, 2017
  • Times: 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: $850
  • Skill level: Beginner

About Wilhelm Vernim

Wilhelm Vernim was born 1962 in Westerholt, Germany and trained as a glass engraver and designer at the Zwiesel Glass Skills College, Germany.  He continued his training as a Master of Glass Engraving at Zwiesel, while completing various courses in the field of fine arts, including classical painting with Tom Buechner at Bild-Werk-Frauenau, the Dominik-Biemann School with Jiri Hacuba, and kiln casting with Max Jaquard.

Wilhelm has taught engraving and coldworking at the Glass Skills School at Rheinbach and Hadamar, Germany, as well as teaching short courses in glass engraving at Bild-Werk-Frauenau, Germany, The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey, at IKA-Mechelen in Belgium, Lysees Jean Monnet in Moulins, Yzeure, France, and Corning Museum of Glass, US.

Wilhelm was also curator of the retrospective of Josef Welzel in the glass museums Rheinbach, Frauenau and Gernheim, Germany from 2014-2016.

He currently works as a freelance artist and teacher.