Growing up in a family of glass makers, Hamish Donaldson was always inspired to make. Donaldson is a third generation studio glass artist. His Scottish grandparents were masters in the craft of glass cutting and engraving, inspiring his mother Eileen Gordon’s journey into glass blowing.
His mother in turn taught Donaldson to blow glass at the family’s Gordon Studio in Red Hill, Victoria. Donaldson was a Glass Studio Associate at JamFactory from 2018 to 2019. He has completed masterclasses at Pilchuck Glass School, Washington; Cam Ocaği Vakf (Glass Furnace Foundation), Turkey; and Canberra Glassworks.
In 2019, Donaldson began working with Ninuku Arts in the remote indigenous community of Kalka in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands to realise the Walka Waru (Warm Works) project as part of the 2019 Tarnanthi Festival. Donaldson remains an integral part of this ongoing initiative, continuing to visit and maintain relationships with the community.
Hamish Donaldson : Vertigo, 2020 | Blown and carved glass on steel prop, 100 x 40 x 20 cm
Finalist, 2020 Pro Hart Outback Art Prize
The looming issues of natural resources that we all face today into tomorrow could be a result of our direct combat with our colonial history. With the echoes of this destruction sounding louder than ever, we find ourselves now caught within the fragile destructive systems that place our precious natural resources upon precarious decaying structures.
The fragility of glass atop of a precarious decaying structure represents this predicament we are finding ourselves deeper within each day.
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