2016 Winner – Clare Belfrage

Into the Deep, 2016
blown glass with cane drawing, 480 x 390 x 130
Photo: Pippy Mount

Established Artist Category Winner


Inspired by experiences in the natural world for many years, Clare Belfrage has forged an international reputation for her distinguished work with detailed and complex glass drawing on blown glass forms. She has maintained a vibrant practice for over twenty-five years. She has been an active part of artists’ communities particularly in Adelaide and Canberra, including the glass based studio Blue Pony, of which she was a founding member, JamFactory’s Glass Studio in Adelaide, and Canberra Glassworks where

she played a pivotal role as Creative Director from 2009 to 2013. In addition to Australia, Belfrage regularly exhibits in North America, Europe, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Her work has been recognised for its innovation and originality and in 2005 and 2011 she was awarded the Tom Malone Glass Prize by the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Belfrage’s work is represented in major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York.

“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.”