Tagged: Adelaide glass artists

Andrew Baldwin

Andy is an Australian glass artist who lives and works in beautiful South Australia. I met him first when he came to study at the Australian National University in Canberra where I was also studying. We always got along well and discovered we’d come from similar educational backgrounds (Waldorf) which definitely helped our friendship. We worked together again when he had returned (and I had moved) to Adelaide, to attend the JamFactory as associates. He has always made both thoughtful exhibition work and production. But one of my clearest memories was how he’d sometimes make me run while I was working with him. Run so that the glass was as hot as possible to make the fine little parts necessary while goblet making. The best thing about Andy is his attitude, he always has a good one. And when you work long hours with all kinds of people you definitely appreciate a positive and enthusiastic energy. I do anyway. You can’t be down on someone who loves what they do and one thing is for certain, Andy loves glass.

Andy and I also collaborated on some work in Adelaide, exhibiting under the name WAMB we made some work that was slightly out of each others comfort zone, but really fun. It’s been probably a good 10 years since I’ve seen him, I’m looking forward to the next time we meet, but you can meet him here.

Tell people a little about yourself.  Where were you born/grow up, did you study?

Born in Stirling, Scotland. My family worked and lived in a Camphill Community for people with disabilities. When I was three we moved to Australia. I had twelve years of Waldorf education in three different states. I guess I am pretty grateful for that.

What do you do now, is it what would you like to be doing?

I make a living blowing glass. It is a very challenging lifestyle but also rewarding. Sometimes I wish I was a professional surfer… But mostly I am happy with what I do.

What does a typical day for you involve?  Or a typical week?  Is typical even a word for you?

I like running in the morning first thing. It jogs all the chatter out of my head. In a good week I run four or five times, in a bad week I don’t run. My days are very flexible but revolve around my routine of glassblowing. Sunday and Wednesdays.

What mediums do you like to work with?

I am all about glass. I think that other mediums are great, but glass got me from an early age and I’m still passionate about it.

Where do you work?

Jamfactory in Adelaide has been my work place since 2001. It is a vibrant community of creative people. So glad that place exists.

Who or what inspires you most – at the moment?

Buddhism is pretty core to my life. I like reading Buddhist literature and finding ways to put it into practice. It definitely makes life more meaningful and is also where I find the inspiration for my work.

Do you have a favourite blog and/or book to recommend?

Hmmm. Mahamudra by 9th Karmapa. It is probably the most clear and succinct guide to meditation I have read.

I also really enjoy reading Lojong texts which are often translated as mind training texts.

Best thing you’ve ever made?

A timber crate to freight my work. Very satisfying to work with another material. I like timber.

What is the coolest thing to do in your town?

Farmers’ Markets on Sunday

Surfing the mid-coast

the festivals

And one awesome place to eat there?

Wasai Japanese Kitchen, Adelaide

Is one thing you’re bad at that you wish you were better at?

Surfing

Did you ever want to be rich or famous?  What drives you?

Not interested in fame. I would like to be wealthy but choose happiness first. Or maybe I am just too comfortable to make lots of money. I am really inspired by the techniques of glassblowing; I like to push myself to make complicated things like fancy Venetian style goblets or other intricate techniques.

 

Thanks Andy! You can check out more of his past work and info on his website.

World wide Wendy’s

Wendy Hannam is a wonderful Wendy.  She lives in Adelaide, South Australia.  A great little city with many artists, good food and it’s a stones throw from some of Australia’s  nicest beaches and wineries.  She has been making and creating for quite a long time now. Her glass pieces are always interesting, evolving, geometric and with a style all their own.  A lot like Wendy herself in fact, except the geometric part, she’s definitely no square.

Skyline(view)

Tell people a little about yourself.  Where were you born/grow up, did you study?

Born in Adelaide, South Australia. Lived here until moving to Sydney at 20…worked as a graphic designer for textiles until studying ceramic design at East Sydney Tech. Moved back to Adelaide at 25 to take up further study… Bachelor of ceramic and glass design at Uni SA. Was seduced by glass and became an associate designer in the glass studio at JamFactory in 1997/98. Began independent practice 1999.

What do you do now, is it what would you like to be doing?

Am currently on a sabbatical from glass making…would love to still be making but finances do not allow for play at this time…very frustrating!! Have kind of lost my passion for ‘playing the game’. Taking lots of photographs and always drawing.

What does a typical day for you involve?  Or a typical week?  Is typical even a word for you? 

Don’t really have a typical day or week…I do gallery installation and de installation at the Australian Experimental Arts Foundation as I am required so some weeks are full time and then there can be nothing for a month. I also work in the Dark Horsey bookshop when the manager has time off, my schedule is very open ended.

Weekends are totally about enjoying being at home (unless I’m working)…gardening, cooking, making cocktails, going boxing (I love boxing).

What mediums do you like to work with?

I work with blown glass forms, sculptural objects, no function intended…although am planning to make some kiln formed work in the near future…wall pieces and panels.

I love the sandblaster and my engraver.

Where do you work? 

Blowing happens at JamFactory glass studio as does sandblasting but my engraved work happens on a rickety old table in my house, stereo blaring and at my own pace, any time of the day… just me and the cat.

Who or what inspires you most – at the moment? 

At the moment I am revisiting alot of the music of my past. My garden makes me feel good, watching food grow and cooking with the results of my time and effort.

Walking through the urban environment inspires me, I love architecture and the patterns created in the manmade landscape.

Do you have a favourite blog and/or book to recommend? 

I’ve been enjoying your blog, I don’t really take much interest in blogs but yours is fun. Books are so subjective, I really like Haruki Murakami, am currently reading Dostoyevsky, but my guilty pleasure is Ayn Rand’s “The fountainhead’…so cheesy but strangely empowering…

Plan #7 Map #7

Best thing you’ve ever made?

That’s a hard one…I think it could be my ‘big black book of beautiful things’…still in progress. Sketches, photos, words and ideas that have inspired me and inspire the work I create…I continue to look back on it and add to it.

What is the coolest thing to do in your town?

Central markets, just up the road. Food, glorious food and coffee.

And one awesome place to eat there?

Thanh Thanh Vietnamese restaurant and Ying Chow.

Is there something you’re bad at?

Time management and being pushy. I’m a shy wee flower…

Did you ever want to be rich or famous?  What drives you?

Not necessarily rich or famous but independently comfortable and valued for my contribution, whatever that may be…if I knew what drives me maybe I could fathom why it drives me mad…

Map #10

Thanks Wendy!!  Big black book of beautiful things is awesome.  I love the sound of that. On a side note – Wendy was probably my first regular client for haircuts many years ago, what a brave lady!  I wish she could come by the salon now for a visit and a proper pampering!