Member Profile profile for Kate Nixon
Kate’s work explores the way in which our private identities are expressed through the objects we line our nests with and the material mass we will eventually leave behind. With a nod to modernist design, the work is at once comforting in its familiarity, while also implying the inevitable implications of the passing of time. By exploiting the transformative properties of glass, Kate morphs kitsch shells and knick knacks, 1970s wallpaper and gaudy flowers into a precious homage to everyday collections and domestic decoration.
Kate completed her honours degree at the ANU School of Art Glass Workshop in Canberra in 2013, incorporating a diverse practice ranging from traditional processes of blown glass, lost wax casting and mosaic, alongside new technologies such as waterjet cutting and ceramic decals. During her studies, Kate was awarded the Boronia Prize for Excellence in Glass, the Pilchuck Partnership Scholarship and the College of Arts and Social Science Honours Scholarship. In 2015, Kate completed the Associate Program at JamFactory Craft and Design facility in Adelaide, followed up with a four-month residency in Berlin in 2016, researching unusual public collections, assisted by a Commonwealth Endeavour Fellowship. Kate currently resides in Canberra where she splits her time between glassblowing at the Canberra Glassworks, and Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre where she is the Project Manager of the annual DESIGN Canberra Festival.
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