“Let me tell you a little about how these pieces came about… I’m a visual artist, mesmerised by the material of molten glass. In the hotshop, I play with the possibilities and quirks of the medium, allowing the process to shape each unique form.
I love to retain the marks of making: the telltale imperfections and irregularities that reside in the skin of each vessel like a constellation of signs. These speak to the journey of the material from one form to another, dynamic to static. The flow, the movement, the shaping process a kind of responsive dance with the maker, the cooling, the stillness, the surprising strength, and also the possibility of rupture.
These qualities of glass have so much potential in art, but also on an intimate and domestic scale. Handling precious and precarious objects in our everyday lives brings value and meaning to the mundane tasks of our days, elevating them to ritual. These moments invoke our nobler human ethics of care, gentleness, hope, and they encourage us to slow down, pay attention and relish the joy found in small everyday moments… Sunlight refracting through glass like water, a small flame flickering, a vessel holding tokens of our lives.
My hope is that these forms I’m creating find their purpose in your hands and in your spaces.” ~ Emma
Emma Lashmar first fell in love with hot glass at Margaret River’s Melting Pot Studio where she “assisted” (or generally got in the way) while seeking to hone some sculptural finesse in her second year of Visual Art at Curtin University. Inspired, and a little besotted with the mesmerising medium, Emma transferred her studies to Fine Arts (Glass) at Monash University, Melbourne, where she graduated with Honours in 2009. Emma’s practice evolved to create vast site-specific installation works. These large scale projects incorporated a multitude of blown glass forms into tensioned, suspended fields or swarms of connected elements, often with an integrated mechanical or digital system playing with sensory subjectivities to light, sound and vibration. The artist exhibited widely in solo and group shows in public and commercial galleries and artist-run spaces in Melbourne and Sydney in the following years, and had work purchased for notable private collections in Victoria and New South Wales. Emma travelled overseas with the assistance of a Freedman Foundation Scholarship in 2012 to undertake extensive research, studio residencies and exhibition opportunities in Buenos Aires and Berlin, and develop her technical glass skill in a masterclass at NorthLands Creative, Scotland. Past commissions include bespoke lighting and tableware designs for iconic Australian restaurants Vue de Monde, Penfolds Magill Estate, Gertrude Enoteca and Tedesca Osteria. In recent years Emma has returned to practice in her hometown of Perth and has engaged in studio residencies at PICA; Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany; ArtsHouse, Bassendean; and Paper Mountain, Northbridge.
With many thanks to the following organisations for their support…