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“Working with tools similar to those dating back to the first century BC fills me with a sense of history and tradition of the ancient techniques. Blowing glass can be physically demanding and challenging, yet for me it proves to be an exciting medium with which I can experiment and express my ideas with immediate results on a daily basis” – James McMurtrie
James McMurtrie completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in hot glass at Chisholm Institute of Technology in 1992. Over the following two years he worked as an assistant for Don Wreford and Richard Morrell, before establishing his own hot glass studio in the Grampians region of Victoria in 1996.
Within James’s professional practice he produces two distinct areas of work – high quality, functional glassware including bowls, platters, vases and bottles, and works of a sculptural nature, in which James expresses his creative visions and his close association with the Australian landscape. His contemporary pieces have modern flowing lines in a vibrant array of forms and colours; very appealing functional objects of great beauty.