The School of Art and Design at ANU is pleased to host two visiting artists in the glass workshop this coming week!
J. Lin-Hsien Kung is a Chinese-American glass artist best known for sculpting glass gestures. The anthropomorphic forms are individually created with one continuous movement where the glass is simultaneously inflated and stretched. What is less known is his interest for designing tools. Kung is a certified Solidworks draftsman who has worked on everything, from electric hot rods to oil sensors, to molds for industrial cookie machines. He has merged this interest with his material understanding for glass, creating custom tools designed to address the ergonomics of how bubbles are blown.
Luke Jacomb received extensive training in glassblowing techniques in the United States, where he spent a total of 8 years working and refining his practice. Jacomb recently returned to New Zealand, bringing with him a wealth of expert skills and knowledge.
Jacomb's latest body of work, the Pacific themed series of blown and cast glass works includes a life-sized paddle and a canoe. It has received critical acclaim and was on exhibition earlier this year at the Otago Museum in Dunedin. Jacomb works together with his partner Kate Rutecki, a glass caster who also lends her expertise in design and concept.
Image: Jerry Lin-Hsien Kung, Black Creatures (detail)