The Story of Tina Cooper
"Exquisite", "Unique" and "Dramatic "are some of the adjectives used to describe Tina Cooper's glass sculptures. One of the leading figures in Australian Studio glass, she uses Nature - Earth, Fire, Water and Air - to create her art, reflecting her passionate relationship with the environment from which she sources her inspiration.
Each sculpture is precise in its execution. Ensuring the perfect piece requires Tina to "dance with fire" orchestrating five highly skilled artisans who work in unison to provide hot pieces of glass for her to create her magic. Every part of the process is critical. Each piece is individually hand-made from liquid currents of molten glass drawn from a 1200c furnace and then fused, layered and placed around a vessel.
The "Sea Life" and "Enchanted Forest" series are full of floral and aquatic allusions inspired from the Great Barrier Reef and the beaches and hinterland of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. The "Outback" series is a highly expressive fusion of the textures and patterns of the flora and fauna of outback Australia. Many pieces have been made in collaboration with Indigenous Artists. Tina is constantly working with new ideas and Series for her artistic growth and upcoming Exhibitions. These can be viewed in the Image Gallery or Image Slideshow.
Beyond her technical prowess of hot glass sculpture, it is Tina's ability to impart and leave with the observer her deeply felt responses to Mother Nature, Life, Love and Grief.
Tina's creations can be found around the world - in Europe, Japan and the USA.
Tina Cooper began her journey into the amazing world of glass blowing when she met Mark Galton. Mark was an accomplished glass blower in his own right and he shared his knowledge with Tina over the years that they were together. She began her apprenticeship in 1990 and has developed her skills in leaps and bounds since then. Today she is recognised as one of the leading glass artists in the world.
Follow her progress and achievements since she entered the wonderful world of hot glass.