Alan Ussher

An online gallery of Alan's blown glass -

www.alanussher.com

Alan Ussher works full time creating functional and artistic glassware in his studio at Silver Cloud Studios in South Lismore. He works in a style of glassblowing called Flamworking (otherwise known as Lampworking), and melts borosilicate glass in the flame of a bench torch.

“Glass never ceases to intrigue

and amaze me.

The vibrant colour,

and versatility of the medium

keep me inspired.

The possibilities are endless.”

- Alan Ussher

Alan's artworks range from $10 to $1000,

and can be purchased online from his website

or you can visit him in his studio.

Alan Ussher Glassblowing Studio

14 Foleys Rd

Lismore, N.S.W. 2480

Tel/fax: 0266213294 || Mob: 0439468983

Glass goblets

from Yes Please held in July 2012

- A selection of Alan's handmade glass goblets are now available in our "Rotations" gift shop (August 2012) -

'Tree'

Donated to the Serpentine's

Art Auction fundraiser,

held Sunday 13th May 2012

biography

Alan Ussher was born in 1978, and spent his childhood in the bush and around the creeks in the little town of Currabubula NSW. From an early age Alan has had an interest in art and music, and in 2000, was invited to begin lampworking by his late friend Marcel Le Bars at Barkersvale NSW.

Alan was accepted into the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme in 2002 and later sought private tuition with Peter Minson, who comes from a family of scientific glassblowers.

Since that time, Alan has engaged in years of practice and research in contemporary flameworking, which is a style of glassblowing whereby glass tube and rods are melted and manipulated in the flame of a bench torch. (picture page top)

In 2005, Alan began working full time in his studio at Silver Cloud Studios (The Old Chocolate Factory) in Lismore, where he continues to design and refine his skills.

In 2007 Alan was invited to be a part of the annual “Glass on Flame” exhibition at Kirra Gallery in Melbourne, which is an annual exhibition of Australia’s finest lampworkers. Alan participated in a series of public demonstrations there and also attended and demonstrated there in 2008 and 2009. There Alan has demonstrated and exchanged skills alongside other experienced glassblowers such as Christian Arnold, Mark Elliot, Bernie Stoner, Raymond Mifsud, Pauline Delainey, Cas Davey, Richard Clements, Matthew Farrell and Peter Minson.

‘I place a lot of emphasis on creating work that is of high quality.

Many years of practice and research have brought me

to where I am now, though I feel as though I am only

just getting started in this medium.

New designs are continuously emerging,

and I feel very happy to be immersed in such a challenging,

 versatile, beautiful and exciting medium.

I have begun turning my attention

toward more sculptural work of late,

and have begun engaging in studies of anatomical forms.’

'Encalmo Perfume'

'Ant'

Borosilicate glass works

from Miniatures

February/March 2012

Alan performs glassblowing demonstrations

on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at the Lismore

Carboot Market, where he has work for sale & now also

sells work from his studio at Silver Cloud Studios,

14 Foleys Rd, Lismore which is open to the public most afternoons through the week, or by appointment.

Alan builds and maintains his own website (www.alanussher.com)

where he has an online shopping facility

and beautiful images of his past work.

Alan supports himself from his craft

and sells work through art galleries,

retail outlets, market stalls & online.

Some of the things that Alan makes include:

glass pendants, perfume/cologne bottles,

wine glasses, tea pots, contemporary marbles/orbs,

sculpture, hair pins, spinning tops, vessels,

guitar slides and more…

'Black Tree'

Borosilicate glass

from Tree February/March 2011