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James Dodson’s stunning Australian native bird and frog figurines are crafted with glass made from sands mined on Tasmania’s West Coast. These sands are some of the world’s finest silica flour which transform into molten glass when heated in a furnace. Each figurine is blown and sculpted by a combination of breath and shaping tools; the beautiful details on each bird reflecting James’ skill and sensitivity.
Tasmanian born, James’ fascination with glass was ignited when he visited a gallery in London in the late 1970’s; he was working as an architectural draftsman at the time, but was seduced by the medium of art glass and went on to study at the Orrefors Glass school in Sweden for two years. James Dodson then worked at a glass studio in Greenwich London before returning to Australian, furthering his skills at the renowned Jam Factory, Adelaide.
On returning to Tasmania in the early 1980’s, James established his own glass studio in a shed at historic Clarendon House. In 1989 he expanded and moved his operation to Breadalbane, where he continued to create magnificent hot glass works up until his retirement in June, 2020. James Dodson‘s figurines are now limited in numbers; he will no longer be making more.