Elizabeth Kelly is currently engaged with the architectural and engineering potential of glass, and the built environment is a major theme in her practice. She is interested in how systems and patterns function in construction engineering and have adapted industrial production methods to small-scale studio practice, experimenting with techniques of multiple casting of glass components to make large-scale sculptural forms. She is also interested in exploiting the properties of natural light within these glass structures and colour is a very considered element in the work.
As a young adult Elizabeth Kelly spent four years travelling extensively through Europe and Asia before commencing a two-year full time factory traineeship in glass blowing in 1985 at the JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide. Post training, she undertook studies at the Adelaide Centre for the ARTS, transferring to the Australian National University School of Art to complete a degree in Visual Art.
After her undergraduate degree, Kelly taught at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and was a research assistant in coloured glass before undertaking a Masters degree in Visual Art with an Australian Post Graduate Award for research into chemistry of coloured glass, and with direct application in the field of sculpture in 1995.
Directly upon completion of her Masters degree in 1997, Kelly commenced a three-year contract as Head of Glass Workshop at the JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide. During this period she travelled to Europe for an exhibition in Venice and to demonstrate as a master glassblower in Leerdam, Holland.
In 2000 Kelly travelled extensively through North America, Canada and Japan for further professional development. This included working in several private studios for short stints and also completing a fellowship at the Wheaton Village Creative Glass Centre of America.
In 2003 she initiated Studio Tangerine in Canberra, a purpose built self funded glass design and sculpture studio where she continues to work. In 2008 Kelly was invited as an Artist in Residence at the Seto City International Ceramic and Glass Centre in Japan.
|2015:||Lommel City Hall, Permanent Display - Lommel,|
|2015:||Protest, M16 - Canberra|
|2015:||Diplomacy, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra|
|2014:||Hobart Art Prize, TMAG - Hobart|
|2014:||Ranamok Glass Prize, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra|
|2013:||The Story of the Creative - New York,|
|2013:||Inhabit - living in design, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2013:||Designing Craft, Crafting Design, Jam Factory - Adelaide|
|2013:||Pin Exhibition, ANCA Gallery - Canberra|
|2013:||Flipside, ANCA Gallery - Adelaide|
|2013:||Momentum,, Belconnen Arts Centre - Canberra|
|2012:||Re-Pin, ANCA Gallery - Canberra|
|2011:||Willoughby Sculpture Prize - Sydney|
|2011:||Uncontained: 40th anniversary of CraftACT, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2011:||Seto City AIR Retrospective, Seto City Art Museum - Japan,|
|2011:||Drink, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra|
|2011:||Tangerine Gold (solo), Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery - Wagga Wagga,|
|2010:||Made in Japan, Crucible Showcase, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2010:||Ranamok 2010 Glass Prize, Touring exhibition,|
|2010:||Workshopped 10 - Sydney|
|2014:||Silver Award, A’ Design Competition, Como Italy|
|2013:||Centre for China in the World Boardroom and Directors Office windows, ANU, ACT|
|2012:||Daramalan College Art and Technology Building window, ACT|
|2011:||Young School Foyer, NSW|
|2011:||St Thomas Early Learning Centre and Primary School Library windows, ACT|
|2010:||Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship|
|2010:||Ainslie Special needs housing, Narrabundah ACT|
|2009:||Capital Arts Patrons Organisation Fellowship|
|2009:||St Judes Primary School Foyer window, ACT|
|2008:||Seto City Artist in Residence, Seto Japan|
|2008:||Cook Community Centre, ACT|
|2007:||CIT Building External architecture detail, Canberra ACT|
|2006:||Australia Council Mentorship Grant, administered by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre|
|2005:||Project Funding artsACT|
|2004:||Australia Council Craft-In-Site grant, administered by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre|
|2002:||Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship, Wheaton Village, New Jersey, USA|
|2001:||New Work Grant, Visual Arts Board Australia Council|
|1994:||University of Sydney Research Award for 1995-96|
|1992:||ACT Arts and Special Events, Individual Materials Grant|
|1991:||CITA Emerging Artists Support Scheme, Australian National University Award|