From Chicago cold to Canberra heat, Steve set to experiment

Self-described as the “product of the American Studio Glass Movement”, Steven Ciezki has written a book called Life on the rails to share the knowledge he has acquired from some of the “most generous glassmakers in the world.”

Originally from Calumet City, Illinois, Steven hopes to continue researching during his Art Group Creative Fellowship at Canberra Glassworks for a second book that will cover advanced glassblowing techniques, and believes his time in Australia will also inspire him to create new work and experiment in the Hotshop.

“Experimentation in the studio always leads to new inspiration and creative development,” says Steve. “I will create colour patterns and texture in the glass to use as representational components in oil paintings.”

The purpose of the Art Group Creative Fellowship is to foster a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and professional practice within the Glassworks and the wider community.

As an Art Group Creative Fellow, Steven is provided with a dedicated studio space to work for a period of six months, a cash stipend of AUD$10,000 and free access to the facilities and equipment (with very few limitations). The Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of local development company Art Group.

Steven said his expectations were high prior to arriving in Canberra.

“A friend who recently visited the Glassworks spoke highly of the facilities. He was quite jealous of my fellowship. I also expected to find dedicated glassmakers that loved glass as a creative material. I found it.”

“It is a pleasure to work at the Glassworks each day. I am so honoured to be working next to artists that continue to shape the glass world.”

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