Hindmarsh Prize

twenty-eighteen

Tom Rowney, Red Pool

In this form I aimed to capture the essence of water in its liquid state, a drip, a drop, into a still pool and the elastic forms the water creates when disturbed on the surface.
— Tom Rowney
Tom Rowney, Red Pool, 2017, blown glass incalmo and merletto technique, 23 x 37 x 37cm. Photo: Adam McGrath.

Tom Rowney, Red Pool, 2017, blown glass incalmo and merletto technique, 23 x 37 x 37cm. Photo: Adam McGrath.

The Venetian-style of working hot glass has been a strong and steady influence throughout Tom Rowney’s artistic practice. He utilises these techniques from a contemporary viewpoint, aiming for detail and accuracy to create a precise piece of glass. A sense of flow and timing dictate Tom’s working style, evident in the line work and intricate patterns in his pieces. Red pool is based on the fluid nature of blowing molten glass, and the relationship to the visual, water-like qualities of the solid state of blown glass.

I aimed to capture the essence of water in its liquid state, a drip, a drop, into a still pool and the elastic forms the water creates when disturbed on the surface. Through the use of canes as graphic line work both on and below the glass surface, I reference the eddying and swirling effects of a rippling body of water. 

Tom began his glassmaking career at the Budgeree Glass Factory in Port Adelaide, South Australia with a traineeship with Australian glass artist, Nick Mount. Tom has gone on to teach and assist at an extensive variety of international schools and studios. Tom received an undergraduate degree from the ANU School of Art & Design in 1996, and since this time his work has featured widely in exhibitions in Australia and overseas. 

He is currently employed at the Canberra Glassworks as the Technical Manager, as well as teaching part-time and continuing with his practice as a professional artist.

Tom is represented by Beaver Galleries.