The Creative moods stained glass studio Artist - Alison Mortiss

Biography

Alison Mortiss

Born in Sydney, Alison moved to the Central Coast of New South Wales with her husband to raise their family in a more relaxed environment than what the city had to offer.

Alison's fascination with glass, as an artist's medium began back in 1991, when she undertook a WEA course in Leadlighting and Copperfoil.

Skill and passion resulted in Alison's first venture into the world of markets. It wasn't long before such exposure then word of mouth saw  requests for commissions that have found their way to places such as Glenning Valley, Sydney, Laguna, Boree, Cooma, Harden, Canberra and Wollombi. Kilnworked pieces such as  bowls, platters and decorations, along with copperfoil lampshades,  can be found in collections as far as Britain, Ireland and the USA.

2001 saw the first commission to design and produce a commemorative leadlight window for the historic St Mark's Laguna, in memory of Les Sternbeck.  by 2006 the fourth memorial window was under production and installed. 

Alison has also contributed works to Dobell Festival, Tea Gardens Art Show and Kincumber Art Show, and as a member of eO Central Coast Artists, she has exhibited at the NSW State Parliament House.

Alison  was accepted into and completed a masterclass at Vetrate Artische Toscane in traditional glass painting during September 2006.

Commencing in 2009, Alison is undertaking a double degree, a Bachelor of Fine Art & Visual Culture, through Curtin University, to further advance her art knowledge base. As she is undertaking this course part-time it will take some years to complete.

As a result of continually experimenting with glass, new materials and techniques Alison's skills are always advancing, evident by her success in the numerous art prizes in which she has participated.

2010 designed and produced three windows for St Cecilia's Catholic Church, Wyong as well as two windows for St Brendan's Catholic Church Lake Munmorah.

2011 Kilnformed Glass workshop with Patty Gray at Australian Stained Glass Leichhardt.

April 2011 Alison accepted the invitation  to work for two weeks in Lost Wax Casting, at Scuola del Vetro, Abate Zanetti  on Murano, Italy.

2012. TA for Patty Gray kilnformed glass workshop at Australian Stained Glass Supplies, Leichhardt.

2012 after 10 years of exhibiting Alison was honoured to be awarded 1st prize for Kilnworked Glass and the RAS Award of Excellence Medallion for all glass classes at the Royal Easter Show Art Show.

2012 August was spent working with Miriam di Fiore in Mornico Losano, Italy. Fabulous experience/opportunity to spend time with a world reknown glass artist.

2014. Lost wax casting Master class with David Reekie at Blue Dog Glass, Melbourne.

2014. First ever outdoor sculpture exhibits.

          Sculpture at the Old School. Yarramalong.

           Sculpture in the Paddock. Yass.

          Sculpture in the Vineyards. Wollombi.

2015.  North Sydney Art Prize.

           Sculpture at the Old School, Yarramalong.

          Shadowing Shackleton, solo exhibiton Bobbie P Gallery, Wyong.

           Masterclass, Images in Glass with Sylvia Levensen.

2016.  Sculpture at the Old School, Yarramalong.

           Shadowing Shackleton. The Bean Bar Cafe, Taree.

           Hunter Regional Botanical Gardens, joint exhibiton with Liz Mortiss

           Sculpture in the Paddock. Yass.

           Sculpture in the Vineyards. Wollombi.

           Masterclass with Carole Milne. Tasmania.

 

 

"I chose glass as my medium of choice after much experimentation. Mostly self taught and with the inspiration that comes from living in a bush setting close to the coast, I have created a vast body of work ranging from windows to functional pieces to jewellery and  sculptures. It is the natural environment that influences me most." Alison.