Emma young glass

Photography by Pippy Mount


emma young glass 

Glass Artist

Emma Young studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of South Australia, specialising in glass under the supervision of Gabriella Bisetto. Further pursuing her interest in blown glass techniques, Emma has participated in various master classes taken by internationally renowned glass artists. Her adventures in world travel invoked an appreciation for her home state and her early career products reflect these values.

Her uniquely South Australian approach is inspired by local icons and childhood memories, and is clearly evident in the bright, bold works she creates, cleverly utilising both hot sculpting and blown techniques.

Aussie Front Yard Flora (vessels) —

“The bottlebrush tree in the Youngs’ Enfield front yard was always present in the background of photos through my childhood. Wanting to pay homage to that, I designed a ‘bud vase’ with a ‘roller wrap’ of colour, spun onto the glass while it’s a small bubble. The red lines represent the bottlebrush flower. Wanting to expand on this idea, I’ve considered other iconic and common plants to represent with these vases. The yellow wrap illustrates a banksia, green is eucalyptus, purple is lavender, and white is a daisy. Yellow dots portray wattle, red dots depict the waratah, green dots are jade, purple is jacaranda, and white is agapanthus. The dots are chips of glass colour applied to the outside of the fresh gather of hot glass.” — Emma Young

Blown glass | 14cm x 9cm x 9cm | $170

Penny Pincher —

“This original design actually happened by accident while I was a university student. A round shape I was making dropped off the metal rod, onto the floor, while the opening was still quite hot. The mouth sagged and the ‘pinched’ top look was the result. Harnessing this idea later in my career, I designed a more polished ‘squished sphere’ as a place to store spare change. And, no, you don’t need to smash it to retrieve your coins, the piece can simply be turned upside-down and shaken, coins and notes alike should fall out easily. My colour choices and engraved names are based on the bright and unique Australian bank notes, along with some slang nicknames for our cash: $5 pink ‘prawn,’ $10 blue ‘heeler,’ $20 red ‘lobster,’ $50 yellow ‘pineapple,’ and $100 green ‘Melba.’ I remember learning about Dame Nelly Melba in school and thinking about how cool it was for a woman to be on the $100 bill. I think the bright colours of our money are a big talking point for tourists and it would enrich their experience to know more about the people on the notes along with some Aussie nicknames for our currency.” — Emma Young 

Blown glass | 12cm x 12cm x 12cm | $145 



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