About

Glass art by Glenda Mac Naughton

About

I am a self-taught artist striving to create with social responsibility in mind. In that spirit I use shape, pattern and colour to create designs that delight in difference and keep diversity alive in what we see, what we wear, what we know and who we can be.
I sell my art online, at my studio and at selected outlets.
I have been teaching for many years and enjoy being with others as the enchantment of creating with glass enters their lives.

A few words about the name Dax :

"Dax was a much loved dog who died just as I was rethinking what I wanted to do in my life and I chose to give the creative world of beading more prominence in it. His name is borrowed from a fictional character in Star Trek who lives by merging with its host. When merged it has access to the memories of previous hosts as well as their accumulated skills and work experience. Merged in my bead and pattern designs are not only my accumulated skills and experience as a teacher, writer, designer and social activist but the skills and experience of the beaders of the world who in their generosity have taught others, who have taught me."

Inspiration

Like us, glass come in all colours shapes and sizes.
I am captivated by the lines of flight that playing with glass allows me and by the deep connections to glass artists past and present, near and far that it offers.
I often design and make art that can talk about things of significance to me - social justice, respect for diversity and creating a more eco-friendly world.
My home on the Bellarine Peninsula (Victoria, Australia) is on the traditional lands of the Wathaurong peoples. I respectfully acknowledge that the Aboriginal people of Australia are our first nation peoples and the traditional owners and custodians that watch over the lands and waters in which I create and play.

my art

Beadwork

I use traditional and contemporary needle and thread techniques to weave tiny glass beads (seed beads) into beaded 'fabric' and shapes which I then make into jewelry and other items. I have a growing list of awards for my beadweaving.

Handmade 'lampwork' glass - beads, cabochons & sculptures

I create blown and handmade glass objects by using a gas fueled torch to melt glass rods and handshape them often using a small blow pipe to blow the glass before shaping it. The beads and other glass objects are shaped with simple tools and hand movements.T hey are then kiln annealed (cooled) for durability.

Patterns & workshops

I design beadart patterns and offer workshops for those who want to create their own glass art.

Link here.

Mosaics

I also cut glass into shapes and glue them and other objects onto forms to create mosaic art.

Enamelling

I use finely powdered glass which fused to copper and other metals using heat from a torch or a kiln to create small objects for wearable art.

wing of the ibis

Bellawein cliffs

Cockatoo woman