Fired up with glass
A RELATIVE newcomer to glass art, Graeme Ryder, will open his first exhibition at Jetty Memorial Theatre during World Rally week.
"My work is in private collections across the world," Ryder joked about his first exhibition.
"It may only be a glass scarf tie but at least it's there," he said, referring to a market stint selling glass platters, suncatchers, scarf ties and house numbers earlier this year. Shoppers from Brazil to Finland and every capital city in Australia bought from his market stall.
A potter for the past 14 years, he started fusing glass about two years ago, after attending a workshop led by Chris Stuart.
Inspired by the medium, he sought advice from an experienced glazier and internet Youtube videos to take his interest further.
"Jim Rooney of Rooney Glass spent hours teaching me how to cut circles of glass - he was so generous with his time."
"Then I came home and thought, 'here we go' and started out on a card table at the back door."
Variety seems to be the hallmark of his glass art - exploring glass through abstract, geometric and nature designs.
A number of works feature slumped bottles of chianti and beer.
"There's only two beer bottles I've found that the labels stay on when they are fired."
"It's taken a lot of research to work that out and the price of lemons ... well," he laughed.
Starting with a sheet of glass, he develops a design on his computer or directly onto the glass with a texta. Then he cuts different coloured glass and lays it into the design.
A first firing in his kiln fuses the designs together and the second slumps the glass into the mould.
"It's given my life back to me and given me pleasure and purpose in my retirement."
Glass On Glass, featuring Graeme Ryder and Diane O'Donnell will open Thursday, September 8 at 6.30pm at Jetty Memorial Theatre for the month of September.