I am drawn to working with glass because we live in vitreous environments; it’s a material that surrounds us in almost every part of life. Glass allows light to fill space, letting objects visually materialize and dematerialize simultaneously whilst describing interior and exterior space. It is charged with fascinating material paradoxes, fragility | solidity, liquid | solid, transparent | translucent | opaque – it is a hybrid that illustrates notions of the human condition and ways of seeing.
Bethany Wheeler is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia working in kiln formed glass and found materials. She obtained a Master of Fine Art degree from Monash University in 2003 and has been exhibiting her work both nationally and internationally for the past 15 years. Bethany’s work can be found in private and public collections including the National Glass Art Collection of Australia. In 2013 she established 1000 Degrees Glass Studios, a communal kiln forming and cold working studio in Melbourne.