2016 Finalist – Marina Hanser

Conceal/Reveal III, 2016,
pâte de verre, kiln formed and cast glass, 420 x 1360 x 30
Photo: David Paterson

Emerging Artist Category Finalist


Marina Hanser is a Canberra-based emerging glass artist. Originally from Austria, she moved to Australia in 2010 to complete a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours at the Australian National University. She has studied glass in various institutions in Europe, including Glasfachschule Kramsach, Austria and Vetroricerca Glass School, Italy. Since graduating from the Australian National University in 2014, her activities have included undertaking residencies at Bullseye Glass and Canberra Glassworks and working as a Teaching Assistant at Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Museum of Glass and Pittsburgh Glass Centre as well as teaching at Berlin Glas. She has received a number of Awards including, the Warm Glass Prize UK and the Boronia Award in Glass. Besides ndeveloping her own practice as an artist in her studio at Canberra Glassworks she is a cold working, mould making and studio assistant to established artists.

“My work explores ideas of revealing, concealing and states of transition. Inspired by notions of loss, transformation and remembrance, I work metaphorically with the ideas of healing and transformation, drawing influence from medical, scientific and emotional concepts and material investigations. I start by creating drapes and folds with cloth, covering them with a layer of wax to stiffen the surface of the material, which I then cast in glass. I then combine traditional and non-traditional kiln casting, cold working and pâte de verre techniques to transform the work through stages of revealing and protection.”