Madeline Prowd (SA) – 2020 Finalist

Shift: 021, 2019
blown glass, cane
500 x 250 x 190
Photo: Pippy Mount

Established Artist Category

Madeline Prowd is an Adelaide-based glass artist and designer. Her current practice is influenced by traditional Italian glassblowing techniques and the technical proficiency inherent in the process of making. Prowd completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (2009) at the Australian National University School of Art & Design, Canberra. She was a Glass Studio Associate at JamFactory from 2010 to 2011, where she continues to work as a Studio Glass Technician. Since receiving a scholarship to attend Italian maestro Davide Salvadore’s Masterclass at Washington’s Pilchuck Glass School in 2010, Prowd maintains a close connection with the school, notably receiving its SAXE Award in 2014 and returning as a Craftsperson in Residence in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Prowd has undertaken residencies at Canberra Glassworks, Berlin Glas e.V. and The Glass Factory in Boda Glasbruk, Sweden. In 2019 she was a finalist for the Klaus Moje Glass Award. Prowd received a Judges’ Commendation for her entry into the 2018 Adelaide Parklands Art Prize and has been nominated for the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize four times since 2012.

“Long fascinated by the technical aspects of pattern making in glass, and the extensive possibilities of cane work, Shift: 021 is part of a new body of work exploring the intriguing manipulations of light and optics, texture and pattern. This new work showcases my shifting focus from recreating literal representations of patterns in nature to the subject of pattern itself. Exploiting the unique optical qualities of the material, I aim to display an absorbing landscape of tactile patterning. Utilising the bold contrast of white line-work over black, with the addition of clear glass canes to bend light and perception of the underlying pattern. The result elevates pattern from merely a decorative afterthought to the integral reason for making.”