Emma Lashmar first fell in love with hot glass at Margaret River's Melting Pot Studio where she "assisted" (read: "got in the way of") the gaffer, or master glass artist, while seeking to hone some sculptural finesse in her second year of Visual Art at Curtin Uni. Inspired by the mesmerising medium, Emma transferred her studies to major in Glass at Monash University, Melbourne.
Following the completion of her Honours degree in 2009, Emma’s practice evolved to create vast site-specific installation works. These large scale projects incorporated a multitude of blown glass forms into tensioned, suspended fields or swarms of connected elements, often with an integrated mechanical or digital system playing with sensory subjectivities to light, sound and vibration.
In subsequent years, the artist exhibited widely in solo and group shows in public and commercial galleries and artist-run spaces in Melbourne and Sydney, and had work purchased for notable private collections in Victoria and New South Wales. She then travelled overseas with the assistance of a Freedman Foundation Scholarship in 2012 to undertake extensive research, studio residencies and exhibition opportunities in Buenos Aires and Berlin, and develop her technical glass skill in a masterclass at NorthLands Creative, Scotland.
Emma has enjoyed commissioned projects creating bespoke lighting and tableware designs for iconic Australian restaurants Vue de Monde, Penfolds Magill Estate, Gertrude Enoteca and Tedesca Osteria.
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