Eileen Gordon

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EILEEN GORDON Born in Norway to Scottish parents who are both skilled glass engravers, Eileen completed her training in England, then emigrated to Australia in 1980. After many years developing her skills and working in glass studios around Australia and overseas, Eileen Gordon established the Gordon Studio with her partner Grant Donaldson in 1990 and has gone on to become one of Australia’s foremost glassblowers. Eileen’s elegant vessels are a radiant record of the colour and light she finds in the Australian landscape. My love for glass began with choosing inspirational parents. Their love for the medium encouraged me to find my own expression in glassblowing rather than etching like them, or sculptural sandblasting as my brother Kevin. We compliment each other enormously and they have frequently used my blown forms as their “ Canvas”. Beautiful blown glass is hard to define. It is the evanescence of light, elegance of shape – and for me, above everything it is colour. My use of colour reflects my feelings and the moods of landscape – magical explosive sunsets in Red Hill, or the fragility of early dawn on the Bay. The effect of simplicity in hand blown glass is not simple to achieve, but I love the challenge and have profound respect for the process and traditions of the medium.

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS:

  • Devonport Museum and Art Gallery
  • Footscray Town Hall
  • The McGaughey Glass Collection, Latrobe Regional Gallery

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

  • 1984 Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide, S.A.
  • 1985 Startling Originals, Birchgrove Gallery, Hahndorf, S.A.
  • 1986 Spots, Prints and Stripes, Saddlers Court Gallery, Richmond, Tasmania.
  • 1990 Anville Gallery, Wodonga, Vic.
  • 1996 Sea in Glass, The Gordon Studios Exhibition, Peninsula Gallery, Sorrento, Vic.
  • 1996 The Warmth of Winter, Bethany Art Gallery, Barossa Valley, S.A.
  • 2006 The Gordon Family, Kirra gallery, Melbourne.
  • 2007 Glass is oxygen, Without Pier gallery, Cheltenham.
  • 2007 Cool Climate Glass, Lindenderry at Red Hill

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

  • 1982 The Craft Center Art Glass Group Show, Melbourne, Vic.
  • 1983 Second National Glass Biennial, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, NSW.
  • Craft in the West, Editions Gallery, W.A.
  • Ausglass – Second National Exhibition, Adelaide, S.A.
  • Two Man Show, Limeburners Gallery, McLarenvale, S.A.
  • Royal Show Craft Awards, S.A.
  • Glass Works, Australian Craft gallery, Qld.
  • 1984 Women Glass Makers, Distelfink Gallery, Vic.
  • Potters Cottage group show, Vic.
  • Transport Treasures, Aldgate Crafts, S.A.
  • The Three Conebinations, MGM Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
  • 1985 Handmark Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania.
  • 1986 First Acquisition Exhibition, Devonport Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania.
  • 1993 Kiwanis Art and Craft Exhibition Shepparton Art Gallery, Vic.
  • Anville Gallery, Beachworth, Vic.
  • 1995 Mornington Peninsula Craft Event, Mornington, Vic.
  • 1996 Bright Art Gallery, Bright, Vic.
  • Sea In Glass, Peninsula Galleries, Sorrento, Vic.
  • 1997 The Gordon Family, Glass Artist Gallery, Glebe, NSW.
  • 1998 Without Pier, Family Exhibit, Sandringham, Vic.
  • 1999 Azecra Kimono Dept. Store, Osaka, Japan.
  • Munich International Craft Fair, Germany. 
  • Interior DesignEx Show, Melbourne, Vic.
  • 2000 Munich International Craft Fair, Germany.
  • Translucence, Johnstone Gallery Revisited, Brisbane, Qld.
  • 2001 Munich International Trade fair, Germany
  • Without Pier, Sandringham, Vic.
  • Ausglass Conference “Members Exhibition”, Melbourne.
  • Commissioned for 16 vases for the CHOGM Candidates. 
  • 2002 Commissioned for 3 vases for Crown Casino, Melbourne.
  • Munich International Craft Fair, Germany
  • SOFA – Chicago, USA
  • The Journey, Eileen Gordon and Grant Donaldson, Skepsi on Swanston Vic.
  • 2006 Flair Exhibition, Perth, WA.
  • Glass plus Five, Glass Plus Gallery, South. Melbourne
  • 2007 Outback and Beyond, Seaview gallery. Queenscliff.
  • 2008 Some like it Hot, Glass Plus Gallery, South Melbourne

Awards

  • Various special commissions for the Australian Government.

About Us

The Veronica George Gallery is located in Melbourne, Australia.

This website was constructed to serve as a showcase of the gallery's current art glass stock, hand made jewellery and forthcoming exhibitions. The gallery was opened in September 2001, and is located in the heart of Melbourne's arts and antiques precinct, at 1082 High Street Armadale.

The Veronica George Gallery has a wonderful collection of art glass and jewellery by well known Australian Artists. There is a range of one-of-a-kind Art Glass to Studio Glass and Collectable's. The city of Melbourne, with its cultural and artistic reputation, provides a wonderful home for the Veronica George Gallery. Prestigious Australian fashion retailers, cafes and restaurants surround the gallery.

We are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. We send worldwide, tax free and insured.

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