Alexandra Chambers, Bobby Pins

Glass is always a challenging and technical material; I like to make multiples as an exercise in practice and technique.
— Alexandra Chambers

Originally from the United States, Alexandra Chambers has been working in glass for 21 years. She graduated with an undergraduate degree from the ANU School of Art & Design glass workshop in 2001.

Residing in Captains Flat with her partner, glassblower Tom Rowney, and their two children, Alexandra works out of her home studio and at the Canberra Glassworks. She regularly works with blown glass and assists artists in the hotshop, and is also a skilled flameworker.

Alexandra’s work consists of sculptural and humorous concepts, focusing on the idea of capturing moments in time with the rapid advancement of technology in our generation. 

This particular work is about the lone bobby-pin and its adept way of finding itself almost everywhere humans roam. Shopping centres, the gym, change rooms, parking lots. Bobby-pins can be quite a dismissed, discarded, disposable item.

Here Alexandra has made 100 of them to preserve the lost and found bobby-pins of the world. 

I enjoy making glass on my torch, a meditative process I can enjoy on my own. Glass is always a challenging and technical material, I like to make multiples as an exercise in practice and technique. 

Alexandra teaches glass blowing both nationally and internationally. She has worked as a teaching assistant at Pilchuck Glass School, and Northlands Creative Glass; co-taught with Tom Rowney over the last 15 years at Vetroricerca Glas and Modern, Eugene Glass School, and the Jam Factory. She has also taught at the ANU School of Art & Design, the Canberra Glassworks, and is currently teaching glassblowing at Sydney College of the Arts.