MASTER OF THE ART OF GLASS
How lucky we Blackheathens are to have someone as talented as glass artist Keith Rowe in our midst. He built the huge furnace pictured below himself, back in 1990. His work is represented in public and private galleries around the world.
The studio is located at the Blackheath business centre, across the railway line in Station Street.
Keith is very happy for people to go along and watch him work. He is usually there on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm, and similar hours on several other days during the week. It’s wise to check first though, to avoid disappointment (Mobile No. 0414 977 220). He and his partner Kayo Yokoyama have a retail shop in Blackheath village. Kaya is a glass artist in her own right, and is also responsible for the creative engraving on many of Keith’s pieces.
I love watching the whole, quite involved process of transforming a blob of molten glass into an object of beauty.
Keith’s work is very much inspired by nature and the beauty of his surroundings, including of course the Blue Mountains.
His art sculptures took pride of place at last year’s exhibition of carnivorous plants at The Calyx, in Sydney’s Botanical Gardens. What a great outing it was for kids on school holidays, they adore anything a bit ‘creepy’.
Pictured below is a large range of pieces on display at the Station Street studio. Oh, and here is Pauline’s ‘insiders’ tip. There is an oddments bin outside where you pick up an imperfect, but still lovely object for a mere $5. I found a great paperweight for my new study.
Here is a link to Keith’s WEBSITE.