Clare Belfrage (SA) – 2020 Finalist

Elements of Place, 2020
blown glass with cane drawing, coldworked
560 x 920 x 220
Photo: Pippy Mount

Established Artist Category

With a focus on rhythm, pattern and texture, inspired by experiences in the natural world, Clare Belfrage has created a remarkable body of work over her thirty-year career. Melbourne-born and Adelaide-based, her international reputation as a leader in her  field comes from her innovation and originality, utilising her formidable skills in detailed and complex glass drawing on sculptural glass forms. She has maintained a vibrant practice for over twenty-five years. She has been an important part of artists’ communities particularly in Adelaide and Canberra, including the glass based studio blue pony, of which she is a founding member, JamFactory’s Glass Studio and Canberra Glassworks where she played the pivotal role of Creative Director from 2009 to 2013. Belfrage has achieved significant recognition for her work. In 2018 she was the South Australian Living Artist (SALA) Festival feature artist and the subject of the festival’s annual monograph. Also in 2018 she was included in JamFactory’s Icon exhibition series – an annual solo exhibition celebrating the achievements of South Australia’s most influential artists working in craft-based media. JamFactory ICON Clare Belfrage: A Measure of Time is touring nationally until 2021. She was awarded the Tom Malone Glass Prize by the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2011 and 2005 and in 2016 she was the inaugural Winner of JamFactory’s FUSE Glass Prize. Belfrage’s work is represented in major public collections throughout the world including: the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Sydney; the Corning Museum of Glass, New York; Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark, and the Niijima Glass Museum, Japan.

Clare Belfrage is represented by Sabbia Gallery, Sydney

“As an artist, my point of view is often looking from close up. The big feeling that ‘small’ gives me is intimate and powerful. The industry in nature, its rhythm and energy, dramatic and delicate still holds my fascination as does the language and processes of glass. With its origins in, a place, this piece is a cluster of textures, patterns and rhythms, marking out the movement of time in the natural world.”