Co-curated By Margaret Hancock Davis and Brian Parkes, GLASS: art design architecture showcases 23 outstanding projects by contemporary Australian artists, designers and architects. It represents a cross-section of current creative practices and relationships to this versatile material. This exhibition will tour to 15 venues nationally.

Jess Dare
Conceptual Flowering Plant Series 2013
Lampworked glass, dimensions variable
Photo — Grant Hancock


Glass has been an important medium in the history of civilisation. Archaeologists have found early humans used obsidian (volcanic glass) to make spear tips whilst evidence shows hand–made glass was produced as a form of glaze from 3,500 BC in Mesopotamia.

Rudimentary forms of hollow glass container have been made through sand casting processes since 1,500 BC and glass blowing, as we know it today, emerged in the first Century BC. Since this time we have used this deeply seductive material in increasingly sophisticated ways and now we see glass within cutting edge technologies such as fibre optics and interactive touch screen devices. The combination of art, design and architecture within this exhibition allows us to reflect broadly on our connection to glass and on the many ways we engage with it in our daily lives.

The exhibition and accompanying publication design By Stephen Goddard of ProjectTwo showcases Australian artists, designers and architects who explore the material or conceptual qualities of glass through their work, representing a cross section of current creative practices, modes of thinking and relationships to this versatile material.

Exhibitors —
Andrew Simpson/Vert Design, Architectus, Blanche Tilden, Charles Wright Architects, Clare Belfrage, Deb Jones, Elliat Rich, illumini (Karen Cunningham and Mandi King), Janet Laurence, Jess Dare, Jessica Loughlin, Keep Cup, Mark Douglass, Max Pritchard Architect, Mel Douglas, Nicholas Folland, Richard Whitely, Ruth Allen, Tom Moore, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer/Taylor Cullity Lethlean/ Aurecon), Wendy Fairclough, Woods Bagot and Yhonnie Scarce.

Exhibition, catalogue and identity design —
Stephen Goddard – Project Two

Co-curators —
Margaret Hancock Davis and Brian Parkes.

Buy the exhibition publication here.


JamFactory supports and promotes outstanding design and craftsmanship through its widely acclaimed studios, galleries and shops. A unique not-for-profit organisation located in the Adelaide city centre, JamFactory is supported by the South Australian Government and is globally recognised as a centre for excellence.

JamFactory's purpose-built studios for ceramics, glass, furniture and metal design provide skills and business training for artists and designers through our rigorous two-year Associate training program. Staff and Associates create their own work and collaborate on the development and production of JamFactory products and commissions. JamFactory also provides facility hire and subsidised studio space for independent artists and designers.

JamFactory's exhibition spaces showcase local, national and international work by leading practitioners. GalleryOne and GalleryTwo present a diverse program of curated exhibitions featuring works by established and emerging artists, craftspeople and designers.

JamFactory's shops provide an extensive range of hand-crafted ceramics, glassware, jewellery and other collectables by leading Australian artists and designers including the extraordinary products made on-site in the JamFactory studios. Purchases directly support individual artists as well as our unique exhibition and training programs.

No. 1 Bligh Street Sydney
Yhonnie Scarce
Not Willing to Suffocate
Blown glass, painted metal


This exhibition has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

JamFactory acknowledges the support of the South Australian Government through Arts SA and the assistance of the Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. JamFactory’s Exhibitions Program is also assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council.

Arts SA

Australia Council for the Arts