Mel Fraser

After completing my Bachelor of Applied Arts degree at the University of South Australia I specialised in glassblowing undertaking the training program as an Associate Designer in the glass studio at the Jamfactory Contemporary Craft and Design.

My design principles are influenced by the Swedish design community’s belief that well designed objects can enhance the quality of life through their practical beauty. “…Beautiful home surroundings would be sure to make people happier.” Ellen Keys (1849-1926). Much of my work aims to provide an emotional comfort using form language and colour.

My recent sculptural work explores mass, form and arrangement of negative space on a monumental scale. Colour is added to extend the range of evocations. Barbara Hepworth has been a significant influence and inspiration to my forms and the relationship of the negative space within the mass, “the pierced hole allows bodily entry and re-entry”. (‘Barbara Hepworth’ A.M.Hammacher.1987.)

My production ranges focus on colour and form, with murrini- geometric glass tiles, used frequently as a decorative feature.

I received a Australia Council Grant in 2004 for the development of new sculptural work and travelled to Seattle in 2005 to be a teaching assistant at the international glass school, Pilchuck.

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