Group of Artists from Casterton, country Victoria, and further afield in Australia
Congratulations go to Darryl Tresize, Sandford’s resident glass artist, and Artists of the Valley member. Darryl was awarded First Prize in the ‘Non-wearable Glass Art’ category, at the recent 2014 Festival of Glass. In its fourth year and held in February at Drysdale, Victoria, the annual event is the biggest gathering of glass artists in the country, and attracted more than 5,000 visitors.
Entry into the prize sections of the Festival was by invitation only. Darryl was one of 50 artists, from all over Australia, invited to present his work – a prestigious achievement.
The original and unique winning entry, Two Brown Trout, was considered extraordinary by judge Mark Edwards. “The whole piece is formed around an oversized handmade fish hook,” said Mr Edwards. “The technique is glass fusion. Each piece is cut with a 1mm gap between each glass piece. Tack fused and then the gaps are filled with powdered frit [glass], and then fully fused.” The marriage of glass and steel is a technique developed by Darryl, which many glass artists had thought impossible.
On accepting the award, Darryl said, “I’m so proud and honoured to have one of my pieces selected to win the overall category of non wearable glass art.” The prize-winning entry can be viewed at Darryl’s Glass Gallery/Studio in Sandford.