Apply for 2014 Stephen Procter Fellowship in Glass

The Stephen Procter Fellowship was established in 2001 in memory of Stephen Procter, Head of the Glass Workshop at The Australian National University 1993–2000. The aim of the Fellowship is to assist international and Australian artists working in glass to work/study abroad. Travel and the experience of other cultures were very important to Stephen and this Fellowship is intended to be a significant and exciting link between glass communities around the world. The Stephen Procter Fellowship is now open for proposals for 2014. 

Stephen Proctor Fellowship

Click Here for Stephen Proctor Fellowship outline and online application.

Each year the Fellowship provides $5,000 (AUD) and a residency (4 to 8 weeks) within the glass workshop at ANU to an artist working with glass. Typically used to assist with the costs associated with overseas travel, the fellowship award aims to support artists with working or educational opportunities significant to their artistic practice. In 2012 this money will be made available for an international artist to travel overseas and take up a residency at the Glass Workshop of the Australian National University in Canberra upon their return. 

Guidelines for International artists: 

  • Travel can commence anytime from the end of February 2014.
  • Applicant should be a practicing artist seeking time to develop their work, undertake research and / or technical experimentation around a specific project as highlighted in their fellowship application proposal.
  • The Fellowship proposal should outline the nature of the intended travel: it should communicate the connections between the overseas activities, the ongoing artist’s practice and the 2014 residency project.
  • The successful applicant will be selected based on artistic merit and the relevance of the fellowship proposal.
  • The residency at the School of Art must take place in 2014. The duration of the residency is 4 to 8 weeks, and must partly take place during the academic teaching period. The dates of the residency will be negotiated with the ANU staff according to the successful project’s time frame.
  • The Fellow will be provided with on-campus accommodation, studio space and scheduled use of equipment to carry out their work. Limited supplies will be provided.
  • The Fellow will be expected to have direct interaction with students through workshops and/or seminars/critiques/tutorials and presentations.

Closing date for applications for the 2014 Fellowship: Monday 2 September 2013

For enquiries, please email: richard.whiteley@anu.edu.au

The facilities offered by the Glass Program at ANU rank among the best in teaching institutions throughout the world. The Workshop includes a fully equipped hot shop with tank furnace, 3 glory holes and 4 annealing kilns. A complete complement of coldworking equipment; extensive facilities for a wide range of wax and mould making process for glass casting and an extensive fleet of kilns covering the range of kiln-formed processes. In addition to Workshop facilities, through the Complementary Studies Program, students can access the resources of other Workshops within the School and University.

Aussies Into Glass

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Family glass fusing workshop

A visiting Australian family did a fused glass workshop this past weekend. The Spiliopoulos family worked with glass as part of their trip across the USA. Washington, DC’s museum culture had them looking for ways to get hands-on in art media. 

Two of the students – Victoria and Olivia are from Somerville House in Brisbane, Australia, and lively discussions on the nature of art, craft and design were the order of the day at the glass school. The influence of Australia in the history of fused glass was also touched upon, and the girls were keen to give it a go!

Victoria discuses craft vs art as the workshop continues.

Younger brother Tom incorporated his favorite theme – Angry Birds Star Wars. The couple hours at the studio was the first time since they arrived stateside that he has put down the ipad. 


Tom watches Olivia cut glass, and dons protective eyewear.
The Somerville students impress the instructor with their skills at glass cutting.
Mum gets some quiet time working with the ball of energy that is Tom.
Tom makes his tribute to Angry Birds



Looking for some pigs to shoot.

The girls load the kilns with their glass artwork.

References to Klaus Moje? Contemporary Aboriginal art? After annealing the glass work is presented.

Artists To Watch – Jeremy Lepisto

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It is our conviction that the people with the best eye for artistic talent are other artists. So for a new set of (seemingly randomly placed) ongoing blog postings titled “Artists To Watch”, we asked working artists which artists they have been watching or been influenced by. 
The profiles that follow will reflect a broad, international and quirky selection – there are some incredible choices notable in the variety of approaches represented. 
Our first profile is of an artist that was born in Fairfax, Virginia, and was recently named a “Rising Star” by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass – Jeremy Lepisto.

Jeremy Lepisto is a glass artist who has recently relocated to Canberra, Australia from Portland, Oregon. He creates works that have both physical and conceptual depth in his artwork through the layering of imagery. Jeremy received his BFA in glass and metals from Alfred University in 1997. He also recently completed serving 7.5 years on the Board of Directors for the Glass Art Society (GAS). 

In 2001, he co-founded Studio Ramp with his wife and fellow artist Mel George. Mel was appointed Artistic Programs Manager at Canberra Glassworks in 2009. Her narrative work will be featured in another posting. Jeremy and Mel teach a number of glass techniques at glass centers around the world; in 2005, I was part of their “Imagery in Glass” at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, where they outlined the sgraffito frit powder drawing technique. Jeremy is currently a studio artist and candidate for a PhD in Sculpture at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

Jeremy Lepisto and Mel George at the 2012 GAS Conference

Jeremy utilizes glass to “highlight the simple components and ordinary workings of everyday situations to capture the complex in the common.” His forms are minimal and often contain renderings of architectural structures, landscapes and people. Some of these works will focus on what Jeremy calls, “a detailed idea in juxtaposition to its general surrounding.”

Finding inspiration in the silhouettes and lines of urban architecture, including obsolete water towers and the tangle of city power lines, Jeremy’s work encourages us to question and re-look at the surroundings we usually take for granted. Said Jeremy of his work: “…I try to highlight the ordinary components and simple workings of everyday life and situations to capture the complex in the common. I strive to create from these themes my own objects that have an intricacy of construction yet yield a result of seamless simplicity.” 

Jeremy Lepisto, “LAST SCENE” – kilnformed glass, 2004 (26″h x 5″w x 3″d)
from Jeremy’s “Tower Series

Jeremy’s painted, fused and coldworked glass sculptures speak of the everyday scenes, landscapes and spaces we all share. His detailed landscapes are constructed into three-dimensional forms to achieve great visual depth and a distinct perspective.

Jeremy Lepisto “Without Meeting”, from his “Bridge Series
Jeremy Lepisto “Without Meeting” detail 
click HERE to jump to Jeremy’s description of the background to the series.

Jeremy integrates a unique mix of enamel painting and frit powder “sgraffito” drawing technique in his work – as demonstrated in this short video of his process. Click on arrow image below to play.

A number of Jeremy’s recent series references his relocation to Australia – and the process of building a new stage in life.The works from his “CrateSeries” depict and address “the want for goods that are un-order-able, un-receivable and/or undeliverable.”

Jeremy Lepisto, “Reach”, photo by Rob Little

25″t x 16.5″w x 23.5″l

He clearly understands the demands and challenges of fused glass with his use of layers upon layers. Jeremy said that he is currently hunkered down working on his PhD in Sculpture. We look forward to seeing how his work will evolve!

Stephen Procter Fellowship offering $4,200 travel stipend for 2010 Canberra artists in residence

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Stephen Procter, Across the Threshold.

The Stephen Procter Fellowship was established in 2001 in memory of Stephen Procter, Head of the Glass Workshop at The Australian National University 1993–2000. The aim of the Fellowship is to assist Australian and international artists working in glass to work and study abroad.

Each year the Fellowship provides $5,000 AUD (approximately $4,200 US) to assist an artist to travel overseas, helping them to explore working or educational opportunities. In 2010 this award will be made available for an International artist to travel to Australia to be a resident in the Glass Workshop at the School of Art, Canberra. The fellowship will take place in 2010.

Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2009, and the award will be announced on November 27, 2009.

Gordon Bull
Head of School
School of Art, Australian National University
Childers Street, Acton, ACT
0200
Australia

Guidelines for the 2010 Stephen Procter Fellowship

For International artist:

  • The Fellowship will preferably take place during the teaching period of 2010 (our semesters run late Feb through May and late July through to October). We may be able to accommodate a different schedule upon specific requests.
  • The residency period is expected to be between 4–6 weeks.
    • The Fellowship will assist travel to Australia for a residency within the Glass Workshop at the Australian National University in Canberra. This residency aims to support the development of a body of work or a research project.
    • The residency in the Glass Workshop must partly take place during the academic teaching period. The Fellow will be expected to have direct interaction with students through workshops and/or seminars/critiques/tutorials and slide presentations. We recommend that the applicants describe how they would like to interact with the Glass Workshop’s students in their proposal.
    • Travel arrangements will also be encouraged to visit other Australian glass programs whenever possible.
      • The Fellow will be provided with on-campus accommodation, studio space and scheduled use of equipment to carry out their work. Limited supplies will be provided; additional materials can be drawn against the fellowship allocation.
      • Applicants should be practising artists seeking time to develop their own work, research or experiment around a specific project.
      • The successful applicant will be selected based on artistic merit and their proposal. Please also include a small amount of information describing how you will work/interact with the students while you undertake your residency.

      For more information, please email: richard.whiteley@anu.edu.au

    For more information about the ANU Glass Center click HERE