Born in Melbourne and based in Adelaide, glass artist Clare Belfrage has maintained a distinguished practice for over 25 years. Her detailed and complex glass drawings on blown glass forms reflect the high-level skill and master of her craft that makes her one of the country’s most renowned designer-makers. Inspired by nature and its various rhythms and energies, Belfrage’s exquisite sculptural objects express her fine attention to detail and belief in always appreciating the small things in life.
Belfrage has received several prestigious awards including the inaugural JamFactory FUSE Glass Prize in 2016 and the Tom Malone Glass Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2005 and 2011.
She has held a number of influential industry roles, including Creative Director of Canberra Glassworks from 2009 to 2013 and was co-founder of the Adelaide glass-based studio Blue Pony. Her involvement in the education sector has seen her teach at universities in both Australia and the US and she has taught workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand, the US and Japan. Belfrage continues to exhibit extensively and is represented in a number of major public collections throughout Australia, the US and Europe.
2017, A Natural Way, The David Roche Foundation House Museum, South Australia
2014, Point of View, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2013, Threads, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, USA
2011, Swatch, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2009, Clare Belfrage, New Works, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, USA
2009, The Depth of Surface, Canberra Glassworks, ACT
2017, Natural Language, Clare Belfrage, Leslie Matthews and Chris De Rosa, Collect, Jamfactory, South Australia
2017, Vetri Contemporanei al Castello Sforzzesco, La Collezione Bellini-Pezzoli, Castello Szorzesco, Milan, Italy
2017, Luminous: Tom Malone Prize 2003-2017, Art Gallery of Western Australia
2017, New Acquisitions, Glasmuseum Alter Hof Herding, Germany
2016, Salon of Art and Design, New York, Adrian Sassoon, UK
2016, Pavillion of Art and Design, London, Adrian Sassoon, UK
2016, Masterpiece London 2016, Adrian Sassoon, UK
2016, Houston Art Fair, Tansey Contemporary, USA
2016, Nature Through Glass, Tansey Contemporary, USA
2016, Ornament, Glasmuseet Ebletoft, Denmark
2016, FUSE Glass Prize, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, South Australia
2016, Fleurieu Landscape Prize, Samstag Museum, SA
2016, Dark Forms, National Gallery of Australia, ACT
2015, Salute XI, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2015, Illuminations, Worth Gallery at Fischer Jeffreys, Adelaide
2015, GLASS: Art, Design, Architecture, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide, Australia
2014, Terroir, JamFactory at Seppeltsfield, Australia
2014, The Tree, Canberra Glassworks, ACT, Australia
2014, Masters of Glass II, BMGArt, Adelaide, Australia
2013, Links, Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest, Tacoma Museum of Glass, USA and touring
2013, Designing Craft, Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide, Australia
Niijima Glass Museum, Japan
Tacoma Museum of Glass, USA
National Gallery of Australian, Canberra, ACT
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria
Corning Museum of Glass, USA
Museo do Vidro, Marinha Grande, Portugal
National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
ACT Legislative Assembly Collection, Canberra, ACT
Northern Territory Museum, NT
Museum and Art Gallery of Tasmania, Tasmania
Curtin University Collection, Western Australia
City of Footscray Collection, Victoria
La Trobe Regional Valley Collection, Victoria
2016, Winner, Inaugural FUSE Glass Prize, JamFactory, Contemporary Craft and Design, SA
2016, Finalist, Fleurieu Landscape Prize, Samstag Museum, SA
2011, Winner, Tom Malone Glass Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia
2005, Winner, Tom Malone Glass Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia
2015, GLASS: Art Design, Architecture, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design
2014, Clare Belfrage: Point of View, by Margot Osborne, Craft Arts International, Issue 92
2013, LINKS: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest, Vicki Halper, Margot Osborne, Grace Cochrane, Lani McGregor, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, USA
2013, Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory, Margaret Hancock Davis, Margot Osborne, Brian Parkes, JamFactory
2012, Color Ignited, Jutta-Annette Page, Peter Morrin and Robert Bell, Toledo Museum of Glass
2014, Artist in Residence, Glass Workshop, University of South Australia
2009, Artist in Residence, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Washington, USA
2007, Artist in Residence, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Washington, USA
2001, Artist in Residence, Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design, Glass Department, SA
Clare Belfrage | A Natural Way
In single forms and intimate collections, Clare Belfrage’s work features detailed and complex glass drawing on blown glass forms. Inspired by the industry of nature, rich in colour, pattern and rhythmic repetition of fine detail found in the natural world, these contemporary works now sit within the exuberance of the Roche collection drawing surprising connections.
The David Roche Foundation is proud to support the SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival in 2017 with an exhibition of Clare Belfrage's glass for sale.
OPENING RECEPTION 4 AUGUST
The Trustees of The David Roche Foundation invite you to a reception at Fermoy House to view Clare Belfrage’s response to the interiors of David Roche’s home:
Clare Belfrage: A Natural Way
A SALA Festival Exhibition 2017
Professor Kay Lawrence, Emeritus Professor, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia will introduce Clare
6.00 pm Friday 4 August 2017
Refreshments will be served. Ticket $20 per person
Book tickets through Eventbrite.
Time & Date
6.00pm 04 Aug 2017 - 5.00pm 02 Sep 2017
The David Roche Foundation House Museum
241 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide 5006
South Australia Australia
Clare Belfrage At Pittsburgh Glass Centre
11 May 2017
Clare Belfrage is travelling to the US in May to present classes during the Making Your Mark Summer Intensive. Pittsburgh Glass Centre May 15 - May 1 9 2017.
Clare Belfrage | Luminous: Tom Malone Prize 2003 - 2017
11 May 2017
Clare Belfrange is included in ' Luminous: Tom Malone Prize 2003 - 2017' at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 11 March - 25 June 2017. Curated by Robert Cook, this is AGWA's annual showcase of contemporary Australian glass. An acquisitive prize, each year’s winning entry becomes a part of the State Art Collection. Since its inception, it has facilitated the entry of significant glass works by winners Gabriella Bisetto, Nick Mount, Jessica Loughlin, Clare Belfrage, Benjamin Sewell, Kevin Gordon, Charles Butcher, Cobi Cockburn, Deirdre Feeney, Brian Corr, Tom Moore and Mel Douglas into the State Art Collection.
Clare Belfrage Winner of FUSE Glass Prize
12 May 2016
JamFactory is thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2016 FUSE Glass Prize, a non-acquisitive $20,000 cash accolade, is internationally renowned Adelaide-based glass artist Clare Belfrage.
The judges were unanimous in their selection of Belfrage’s work, captivated equally by its silken surface and the layers of colour within the glass itself. Robert Bell said the work, ‘eluded a sense of effortlessness despite the extraordinary technical complexity in its creation.’
The exhibition of finalists' works will be on show at JamFactory, Adelaide until 3 July and will then move to JamFactory at Seppeltsfield in the Barossa Valley until 25 September.
GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly Spring Issue #142
04 Mar 2016
Hot off the press is magazine GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly Spring Issue #142 featuring an excellent interview article with Clare Belfrage, written by John Drury. Read the article exclusively on the link below.
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The Adelaide Review
29 Feb 2016
Featured in the February edition of The Adelaide Review. Read the full article on the link below.