Silvana Ferrario

Experience

Silvana has worked in glass (lead light, copper foil and mosaics) since 1997.   At this time, it was a mental release to her day job as a subsea engineer.   She started working in fused glass in 2009 and took a Glass Sculpture unit at ECU.  She has attended numerous courses with renowned glass artists and had pieces in a number of exhibitions. 

She has won a number of awards:  Emerging Artist Award at MAGE 2014, Mansfield Victoria; finalist in the Tom Malone competition in 2017; and Gordon Award at Glass+ Exhibition 2017.

Inspiration

My inspiration comes from my experiences, memories and surroundings. Working with water for 30 years, also enjoying scuba diving, has inspired much of my work which shows my fascination with water and the world under the sea.  However, since I have moved to Mundaring, I have become more aware of the freshness of the air, the closeness of the earth and the risk of fire.  This has added to my original passion for the ocean. 

I compose many of my pieces by making separate swatches of glass using different techniques that I have learnt and developed.  I then cut, refuse, slump and cold work the glass then to make the final piece. I particularly like to use the fluidity of the glass when it is hot and mobile in many of my works.

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