My kiln formed artworks represent a culmination of my ongoing exploration and reflection into open vessel forms. I use heat and gravity to produce my shapes, they will not be identical but a variation of my subtle organic forms. Intricate repetition of pattern and colour displayed within the vessels organic silhouette. The subtle differences from one vessel to the next building upon a visual narrative. The Italian glass technique of making Murrini cane is how I achieve subtle undulation and decoration in my forms. The infinite permutation of pattern using this technique is fascinating. I create bodies of work that conjure emotional responses associated with subtle memories of far-away places. The transparent and opaque nature of glass allows me to play with the rhythms and movement in my vessels. Each one enticing me to make the next, and the next.

Cheryl Edwards is a glass artist based in Melbourne. Cheryl started her art journey as a studio potter. This would lead to her studying glass making and a complete switch of art mediums. In 2003 she finished a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Glass from Monash University. After graduating children arrived on the scene and her art practice took a back seat for quite a while. Fast forward to the COVID pandemic, a forced hiatus at home and she was finally inspired to build her studio. The Italian glass technique known as Murrini captivates her. She uses this complex technique of creating beautiful intricate patterns in glass. Cheryl creates vessels that convey feelings associated with places and moods. Drawing from her many travels as inspiration. She forms her large organic vessels in her kiln using the thermal fluidity of glass and gravity. Using this technique to produce subtle undulating patterns with intricate colours and textures. Cheryl is a finalist in the 2023 Tom Maloney Glass Art Prize.


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