Studio Visits: Tom Rowney

One of the most accomplished glass blowers in Australia, NSW-based Tom Rowney explores the use of Venetian glassblowing techniques in his constant pursuit of perfection. He is the Technical Director at Canberra Glassworks, and continues to be sought after for teaching and fabrication projects by the leading glass studios and artists in Australia and overseas.

“My studio is based at Canberra Glassworks where I have access to a fantastic glass blowing studio or Hotshop. The Hotshop has all the equipment I need to make traditional Venetian style works, including two furnaces that hold more than 500 kilograms of molten glass. I work with a tight-knit team of skilled glass blowers, using techniques handed down from generation to generation.”

Featured image above: Tom Rowney in the Hotshop at Canberra Glassworks.Courtesy: the artist. 

Featured image below: Tom Rowney, Green Vase Form, 2022. Blown glass. 25 x 26 x 26cm. Photo: Adam McGrath. Courtesy: the artist.

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