"Exquisite", "Unique" and "Dramatic "are some of the adjectives used to describe Tina Cooper's glass sculptures. One of the leading figures in Australian Studio glass, she uses Nature - Earth, Fire, Water and Air - to create her art, reflecting her passionate relationship with the environment from which she sources her inspiration.
Each sculpture is precise in its execution. Ensuring the perfect piece requires Tina to "dance with fire" orchestrating five highly skilled artisans who work in unison to provide hot pieces of glass for her to create her magic. Every part of the process is critical. Each piece is individually hand-made from liquid currents of molten glass drawn from a 1200c furnace and then fused, layered and placed around a vessel.
The "Sea Life" and "Enchanted Forest" series are full of floral and aquatic allusions inspired from the Great Barrier Reef and the beaches and hinterland of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. The "Outback" series is a highly expressive fusion of the textures and patterns of the flora and fauna of outback Australia. Many pieces have been made in collaboration with Indigenous Artists. Tina continues to create new Series for Exhibitions or spontaneously, while working in the studio. They can be viewed in the Image Gallery.
Beyond her technical prowess of hot glass sculpture, it is Tina's ability to impart and leave with the observer her deeply felt responses to Mother Nature, Life, Love and Grief. Tina Cooper's creations are highly sought after and can be found in collections the world over, including Japan and the USA.
"My journey started on a small island in the British Isles called Jersey where castles line the horizon and the romance of ages fills the air. My move to Australia gave me the freedom to find and explore my creative self. The unique Australian environment has been a major influence in my work, combined with romance and fantasy. I hope that you will sense and share the depth of love and feeling that I put into each creation."
- A special mention to my Mentor - William Morris.
In 1998 I was blessed to attend a workshop in New Zealand with William Morris who is a major inspiration to me.
William started as truck driver who would watch Dale Chihuly blowing. Eventually being put on the team, worked as his Gaffer and then launched out on his own. A story that mirrors my own personal journey. To me, this man is the best glass artist alive today. His ancient vessels, executed in his own, extremely identifiable style have motivated me to push the boundaries of my work and continue striving.
"From Earth to Fire to Water to Air through my Breath I give you Life"