If you can’t get your hands on the April/May edition of Hurstbridge Round About Magazine , here is the extended interview with glass artist, Jacquie Campbell. Read about her influences and the science fantasy creatures that are born from her love of reading!
Tell us little bit about your practice
I’m a glass artist and more specifically a lamp worker. I create little works of art in an open flame, called a torch which is specifically designed for melting glass. This work then goes into a kiln to anneal before being made into items. I create beads, jewellery and small sculptural works of art.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspire predominantly from nature, sometimes obtaining photos of more specific natural wonders from the internet. I also find may reading, science fantasy, has also influenced my work. Upon opening the kiln some mornings little dragons are there to greet me.
What do you enjoy most about being involved with Nillumbik Artists Open Studios program?
I love the contact with other artists and being able to share my art and knowledge with the people coming through the studio. I get a buzz out of seeing people’s faces light up when they see something they like, or as they watch me work and create these little masterpieces.
Is there anyone you would love to collaborate with?
I have collaborated with Tim Read and Linda Macaulay, making eyes for various saw animals they’ve made. I am more than happy to collaborate with other artists.
How do you stay focused when working with such fine and sometimes dangerous material ?
I turn the music up loud and sometimes sing along with it, sorry neighbours, other times many songs will pass before I hear the music. You get into a zone where nothing can penetrate because it requires total concentration or you do damage to yourself, primarily burns. Yes, I have many scars to prove that what I do is very dangerous, most are caused by me but others are from workshops where people feel they need to share the love of burns, lol. There are times when I also need to walk away for an hour or so to regain my concentration. Although I have many scars on my arms and neck area I’ve never had a serious burn because I know my limitations and when to walk away for the day.
What is your favourite subject?
Gosh this is a hard question; it depends on my mood. My first love will, and I think always has been, florals but I absolutely love making extremely complex pictures, murrini, out of glass. As my work evolves I find I’m doing bigger and harder pieces, my hollow dragons are difficult but fun to make and the list goes on.
Favourite coffee spot in Hurstbridge?
Haha I have two haunts I’m at often.
Bridge 2 Eden, Nicole, Grant and all the staff are lovely people with great food and amazing drinks.
The other is Heart and Soul, Sam is the new owner of this little haunt and I love it too.
Another studio that is a MUST to visit on Open Studios?
Well that depends what you’re into art wise, but I do love Sue McFarland’s work.