Nadège Desgenétez (ACT) – 2020 Finalist

Lucent, 2018
blown, sculpted glass, mirrored, carved, hand-sanded, plywood base, steel bracket
1590 x 600 x 300
Photo: Greg Piper

Established Artist Category

French-born Nadège Desgenétez is a visual artist, glassblower and an educator. Her career has spanned across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. In France, Desgenétez obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Design) (1991) from Université de Caen Normandie, before continuing her glass training at Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation aux Arts Vérriers (CERFAV) between 1993 and 1995. After working in studios in Europe, and travelling to the United States as a teaching assistant to Italian maestro Lino Tagliapietra, she moved to Seattle to attend the Pilchuck Glass School with a full scholarship in 1998. Here, she worked with artists such as Dale Chihuly, Benjamin Moore, Dante Marioni, Dan Dailey and Preston Singletary. Since 2005, Desgenétez has remained a lecturer at the Glass Workshop of the Australian National University, Canberra. Desgenétez has been the recipient of several prizes and awards including the Prix de la Vocation from the Fondation Marcel Bleustein Blanchet (2004); the Prix d’Honneur de la Fondation de France (1997) and the Pilchuck Glass School SAXE Award (2004 and 1997.) She has participated in residencies at Northlands Creative Glass, UK; Pittsburgh Glass Centre, USA and the Tacoma Museum of Glass, USA. Most recently her work was included in the 2019 exhibition New Glass Now at the Corning Museum of Glass, New York.

“My work investigates ideas of connection to place. It is informed by my experience as a migrant and mines references to the body, familiar landscapes and the process of glass blowing. I aim to explore and convey experiences of presence and interrelation with place by harnessing the ways the material interacts with light, colour and space through form, surface and reflection.”