Based in Adelaide, Australia, Karen Cunningham divides her time between Blue Pony Studio and JamFactory – Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Glass) degree at the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia. Her Honours (First Class) work was selected for the PICA National Graduate Exhibition, 2005, and given the Design Institute of Australia Achievement Award for Glass Design. During the two year Design Associate intensive training program at JamFactory, she was selected for the Pilchuck Scholarship, taking her to Seattle for a workshop at the renowned Pilchuck Glass School.
Highly skilled in glass-blowing, she has worked and trained in the U.S.A, Turkey and Germany, most recently returning from Europe and the U.K where she was mentored by design legend Marc Newson. She was also a guest at Kosta Boda glass factory in Sweden, Droog Design in Amsterdam as well as attending many other centres for design and glass in Europe. The objects she creates are unique and greatly considered as she manages to combine the design element with the hand-made. Her work has won two national design awards.
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