Sydney based artist Giselle Courtney, is an award winning glass artist who thrives off the beauty of nature to construct exquisite unique art. Her homegrown talent was sparked by techniques handed down by generations of her family who were artisans and patternmakers in wood, ceramics, porcelain and fabric.
In 1980 when Giselle attended the Sydney College of The Arts, she majored in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Glass. She was the first student in Australia to graduate from a formal full-time glass course.
Giselle’s ingenuity is reflected in her artwork where she uniquely combines both glass and metal to create stunning nature inspired jewellery as well as sculpture, objects and lighting. Her intricate manipulation of glass and electroformed metal, shapes light to create mesmerising optical illusions through creative positioning of illumination. These outsanding bodies of work can be seen in large-scale commissions in Sydney, Japan and America. Giselle Courtney’s artwork has been collected and commissioned both privately and publicly in museums throughout Australia and the world including the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, the Corning Museum and The Museum of Art and Design in New York. She has won many awards most recently the Peoples Choice Award at the Kirra Illuminating Glass Award (KIGA) in Federation Square, Melbourne for her light sculpture “Blossom”.
Giselle’s one of a kind artworks highlight the mastery of scientific glassblowing. Her studio has a roving team of highly skilled craftsmen. Using borosilicate glass, which can be repaired, recycled or replaced, along with a little alchemy and fire, Giselle puts her signature on these works.
“I see a clear picture of my art in my mind and physically work my way towards it. I work with fire to make ice. I am an artist who works in many dimensions. Luminous Mysteries” Giselle Courtney