Melbourne-born 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.
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 has twice won the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s Tom Malone Glass Prize and her work, which she continues to exhibit extensively, is represented in a number of major public collections throughout Australia, the US and Europe.
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
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
Winner, Tom Malone Glass Prize 2011, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Winner, Tom Malone Glass Prize 2005, 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 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.