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.
|2010:||Made in Japan, Crucible Showcase, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2010:||Elizabeth Kelly: Tangerine Gold, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery - Wagga Wagga, NSW|
|2009:||Put one and two together, Canberra Museum and Gallery - Canberra|
|2009:||Construct, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra|
|2008:||Masterworks in Glass, Narek Galleries - Tanja, NSW|
|2008:||Sequence, M16 Gallery - Canberra|
|2008:||Artists in Residence Exhibition, Seto City Art Museum - Japan,|
|2008:||Gather, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2008:||Travelling South, M16 Gallery - Canberra|
|2008:||Fink: fostering Design, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2007:||Heartland, Imagination Creation Inspiration, Canberra Glassworks - Canberra|
|2007:||Scintilla, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2006:||City of Glass, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2005:||Southern Lights, Light Square Gallery - Adelaide|
|2005:||Sweet cheeks, Lion Arts Centre - Adelaide|
|2005:||Effen Glass, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra|
|2005:||25 Year Glass Retrospective, Australian National University School of Art - Canberra|
|2004:||Geometry Rythym Light, Object Gallery, Sydney; Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra,|
|2004:||Canberra Glass, Beaver Galleries - Canberra|
|2004:||Box, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra|
|2003:||20/20 Vision, Museum of American Glass - Wheaton Village, New Jersey, USA|
|2003:||Hobart Art Prize, Hobart City Council Chambers - Hobart|
|2003:||Exhibition Home, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra|
|2002:||Glass Memories, Chappell Gallery - New York,|
|2002:||Future Factor, Travelling Exhibition: Artisan, Brisbane; Object Gallery, Sydney,|
|2002:||Less is More, Less is a Bore, Brisbane City Gallery - Brisbane|
|2002:||Dialogue - Stephen Proctor and Friends, Quadrivium - Sydney|
|2002:||Cowra Art Prize, Cowra Regional Art Gallery - Cowra, NSW|
|2001:||Points of Saturation, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design - Adelaide|
|2010:||Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship|
|2009:||Capital Arts Patrons Organisation Fellowship|
|2008:||Seto City Artist in Residence, Seto Japan|
|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|