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Biography: Clare Belfrage

Clare Belfrage
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Clare Belfrage

Inspired by experiences of detail in nature, Clare Belfrage’s work has been distinguished by the use of fine glass threads to draw complex linear patterns on the surface of blown glass forms. She has maintained a vibrant practice for more than 25 years. She has been an active part of artists’ communities particularly in Adelaide and Canberra, including the glass-based studio Blue Pony, of which she is a founding member, the JamFactory Glass Studio in Adelaide, and Canberra Glassworks where she played the pivotal role of creative director from 2009 to 2013.

Belfrage has had a long involvement in education and has lectured in the glass programs at Curtin University, Western Australia; University of South Australia, South Australia; and Ohio State University. She has also taught numerous workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and at Pilchuck Glass School.

In addition to Australia, Belfrage regularly exhibits in North America, Europe, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. Her work has been recognized for its innovation and originality and in 2005 and 2011 she was awarded the Tom Malone Glass Prize by the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Belfrage’s work is represented in major public collections including: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; The Corning Museum of Glass; Museo do Vidro, Marinha Grande, Portugal; Tacoma Museum of Glass; National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga, ArtBank, New South Wales; Art Gallery of South Australia; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Museum and Art Gallery of Tasmania; and Northern Territory Museum.

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