Skip navigation
The Australian National University

Nadège Desgenétez

Glass
Nadege.Desgenetez@anu.edu.au
Location: Glass Workshop

For the past decade, reflections on memory, identity and belonging have informed my artistic practice. From childhood recollections to ideas of connection to place, my work draws from an array of autobiographical considerations to explore the sculptural language of glass.
The physicality inherent to the processes of glass blowing has lead me to feel ‘connected’ to my work, but also to consider myself a beneficiary and custodian of the long history of the medium.
I strive to celebrate this connection by infusing my work with reverence to the history of glass through a rigorous technical approach.


Full Biography

Nadège Desgenétez has been a lecturer in the Glass Workshop at the Australian National University since 2005. She has also taught numerous workshops in the US, Europe, Australia and Japan.
 
Born in France, Nadège started her glass education at CERFAV (Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation aux Arts Vérriers) in 1993. After working in studios in Europe and travelling the US as a teaching assistant to Lino Tagliapietra in 1996 and 1997, she moved to Seattle in 1998. There she worked as a hot shop team member for artists such as Dale Chihuly, Benjamin Moore, Dante Marioni, Dan Dailey, Preston Singletary, and others.
 
Over the years, Nadège has been the recipient of several prizes and awards, including the "prix d'honneur de la Foundation de France" (Paris, France), the Saxe Award from Pilchuck glass school in 1997 and 2004 (Stanwood, USA), the Cheryl Yokohama Scholarship from Pratt (Seattle, USA), the "Prix de la Vocation" from the Foundation Marcel Bleustein Blanchet (Paris, France), and most recently, grants from Arts ACT and the Australia Council for the Arts.
She was awarded residencies at Northlands Creative Glass in Scotland, at Pittsburgh Glass Center, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and the Canberra Glassworks.
 
Her work has been exhibited in Europe, the USA and Australia.

Exhibitions

2010
“Women in Glass”, William Traver- Seattle (Seattle, USA): in conjunction with the Jaroslava Brychtova conference at the Seattle Art Museum
“American Bottle, then and now” Frazier Historical Museum (Louisville, USA)
 
2009-2010
“White Hot: Contemporary Australian Glass”, touring exhibition:
Silpakorn university (Bangkok, Thailand), Vietnam Fine Art Museum (Hanoi, Vietnam), Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan)
 
2009
"Inspired by", William Traver Gallery- Tacoma (Tacoma, USA)
 
2008
"World glass", William Traver Gallery- Tacoma (Tacoma, USA)
 
2007
"Touch", solo exhibition: William Traver Gallery- Seattle (Seattle, USA)
"Viva Vetro, glass alive", Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, USA)
"Pilchuck 2007", William Traver Gallery- Seattle (Seattle, USA)
 
2006
"Australian Glass", Sandra Ainsley Gallery (Toronto, Canada)
"Pilchuck 06", Stewart gallery (Boise, USA)
 
2005
"Australian Glass", Museum of Liberty (Philadelphia, USA)
 
2004
"Golden Cages", solo exhibition: Hodge Gallery (Pittsburgh, USA)
"The language of color", Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery (Pittsburgh, USA)
 
2003
"It's not all Black and White", solo exhibition: Vetri international (Seattle, USA)
 
2001
"Things amongst others", solo exhibition: Bubba Mavis gallery (Seattle, USA)
 

Residencies

2010
Artist residency, Canberra Glassworks (Canberra, Australia)
 
2006
Artist residency, Museum of Glass (Tacoma, USA)
 
2004
Artist residency, Pittsburgh Glass Center (Pittsburgh, USA)
 
2003
Artist residency, Northlands Creative Glass (Lybster, Scotland)

Qualifications

Education
1995-2003
Pilchuck Glass School: Kiln casting with Lou Lynn, Advanced glass blowing with Benjamin Moore and Dante Marioni, Advanced glass blowing with Richard marquis and Dante Marioni, Advanced glass Blowing with Lino Tagliapietra and Checco Ongaro
 
1993-1995
CERFAV European Glass School (Vannes-Le-Chatel, France)
 
1991-1992
Non award studies at ENSAAMA, ceramic and design (Paris, France)
 
1988-1991
Applied Arts degree (baccalaureat- Caen, France)
 
Teaching experience:
2005 to present: Lecturer at the Glass Workshop, School of Art, Australian National University (Canberra, AU)
 
2009
CERFAV (Vannes-Le-Chatel, France), guest lecturer: "sculpting glass"
 
2006
Pilchuck Glass School (Stanwood, USA): "collaborations in design" with Monica Guggisberg
 
2005/2004
CERFAV (Vannes-Le-Chatel, France), guest lecturer: "incalmo techniques"
 
2004/2003
Pittsburgh Glass Center (Pittsburgh, USA)
Appalachian Center for Crafts (Smithville, USA)
CIA (Cleveland, USA)
Pratt Fine Arts Center (Seattle, USA)
 
2002
Penland School of Crafts, visiting artist with Stephen Paul Day and Sybille Peretti (Penland, USA)
Kanazu Forest of Creation (Ezra, Japan), co teaching with Boyd Sugiki
 
1996-2002
Teaching assistant for:
Lino Tagliapietra, Dante Marioni, Katherine Gray, Harumi Yukutake, Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg, Andrea Zilio
(Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Pratt Fine Arts, Penland School of Crafts, The studio of the Corning Museum of Glass)
 
Selected Professional experience:
2000-2004
Work at Benjamin Moore Incorporated, free lance assistant to Dante Marioni
 
2000-2003
Gaffer at Pilchuck Glass School
 
1998-2000
Work in Seattle for artists: Dale Chihuly, Benjamin Moore, Dan Dailey, Richard Royal, Katherine Gray, Preston Singletary…
 
1996-1998
Work in Europe for Baldwin/ Guggisberg, Gillies/ Jones, Backhaus/ Brown…

 

Research Interests

Selected Grants, Awards:
2010
Arts Act, project funding (AU)
Artist residency, Canberra Glassworks (AU)
 
2007
Australia Council for the Arts: New work Grant (AU)
 
2006
Arts ACT, Project funding (AU)
 
2003
Prix de la Vocation, Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet (Paris, France)
Saxe Award, Pilchuck Glass School (Stanwood, USA)
Cheryl Yokomono Scholarship creative artist fund, Pratt Fine Art Center (Seattle, WA)
 
1997
Saxe Award, Pilchuck Glass School (Stanwood, USA)
"Pret d'honneur pour la vocation", Fondation de France (Paris, France)

Publications

2009
"White Hot: contemporary Australian Glass" ( Essay by Barbara McConchie, Director Craft ACT)
 
2007
New Glass review 28
"Viva Vetro! Glass Alive!", Venice and America, 2007 Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute.
 
2006
New Glass Review 27, major acquisitions
"Glass breaks through the Art ceiling", Art and Antiques magazine
 
2004
“Cages Dorées” Exhibition Catalogue by Pittsburgh Glass Center (Essay by Sarah Nichols, Chief Curator Carnegie Museum of Art)
Pittsburgh Tribune, exhibition review (article by Curt Shaw)
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, exhibition review (article by Mary Thomas)
 
2003
Glass Magazine, exhibition review (article by Matthew Kangas)
 
2002
New Glass Review 23

Collections

Public Collections:
Museum of Glass, Tacoma USA
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh USA

Updated: 30 May 2012/ Responsible Officer:  Head of Office / Page Contact:  Web Publisher