Member Profile profile for Patricia Parker

Patricia Parker
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Artists Statement: 
My journey in glass began with the resurgence of the studio glass movement in the late 1970's and transitioned to the inclusion of kiln-formed glass in 1999. I am self-taught. With the assistance of on-line and book learning I have developed my practice and processes to allow me to continually upskill as my journey continues. My art reflects my love of our landscape and its flora and fauna as well as that of the many countries through which I have travelled. A long association with the space tracking industry enables me to reach out artistically to learn what lies beyond. The fanciful 'Nasa's Curiosity Rover enjoys the Martian Sunset' is one such piece together with 'the Hubble Telescope as viewed through the Shine Dome' that was created for a recent exhibition. Both pieces can be viewed under Artists Artwork. From 1982 to 1994 I was represented by one of Canberra’s leading commercial galleries after which I opened my own Studio and Gallery at our Canberra residence. In 2000 I was recognised by the Crafts Council as an Accomplished Practitioner. Since retirement from the workforce in 2013 I have worked as a volunteer at the Canberra Glassworks where I have completed weekend courses in glass casting and engraving. The highlight of my journey as a glass maker was my participation in the 2013 Master Class led by Klaus Moje and Kirstie Rae which greatly encouraged me to continue to evolve as an artist. As a participating volunteer at the 2015 Canberra Glassworks Winter Glass Market and as a Community project I designed and then managed the creation of a snowflake patchwork quilt created from glass donated to the Glassworks Education program by Klaus Moje. I understand that the quilt which measures 1.2 x .61 meters is now part of the Canberra Glassworks permanent collection.
Area of Interest: 
Kilnforming
Cold Working/Engraving
Casting