Member Profile profile for Alison Mortiss
For 25 years Alison Mortiss has been working with various forms of glass. Beginning with copper foil and lead light, she began to use varying techniques in order to create her vast body of work. She continually advances her skills through experimentation with materials, leading to the creation of innovative and award winning pieces. There is a strong evidence of inspiration within Alison’s work, with a great deal being introduced from the immediate bush and coastal landscape that surrounds her. The sights and experiences she engages in through her travels supplement this inspiration to create a broad thematic and contextual spectrum.
Alison Mortiss is a glass artist, currently residing on the Central Coast of NSW. Alison has produced a vast number of commissions since 2001 for both private residences and public locations. Beginning with the first commission, a commemorative leadlight window for the historic St Mark's, Laguna, in memory of Les Sternbeck. Between 2010 and 2011 Alison designed and produced stained glass windows installed in local catholic churches such as St Cecilia’s, and St Brendan’s at Wyong and Lake Munmorah respectively. From 2012 to 2013 she produced commissions for Capercallie Winery in Lovedale and The Coachman Motel at Long Jetty. She has over the years worked closely with Wyong Shire Council to produce glass trophies as well as gifts of international exchange. Alison is also currently undertaking a commission at St Michael’s Catholic Church, Meadowbank. To date, Alison has exhibited at a variety of events, including in late 2015, her solo exhibition titled ‘Shadowing Shackleton’. In previous years she has exhibited at events such as ‘Artscrawl’ Pokolbin, ‘Art Bazaar’ Lake Maquarie, ‘Sculpture at the Old School’ Yarramalong, ‘Sculpture in the Paddock’ Yass, Hunter Regional Botanical Gardens and the North Sydney Art Prize. Alison has also exhibited her work at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, where she received 2nd prize in both 2011 and 2013, 1st prize, along with the Medallion of Excellence in 2012 and 2nd prize in 2016. Alison has received a Certificate III in Glass and Glazing, in 2014. She has also completed a series of master classes and workshops in Italy, Melbourne and Sydney.