Eileen gordon has written a personal statement. “My passion for colour and form as a fused glass artist is greatly inspired by the environment of the Mornington Peninsula – the surrounding ocean, its sunrises and fabulous sunsets.”
Born in Norway to Scottish parents who are both skilled glass artists and engravers, Eileen Gordon completed her training in England, then emigrated to Australia in 1980.
After many years developing her skills and working in glass studios around Australia and overseas, Eileen Gordon established the Gordon Studio with her partner Grant Donaldson in 1990 and has gone on to become one of Australia’s foremost glass blowers.
Eileen’s elegant vessels are a radiant record of the colour and light she finds in the Australian landscape.
Essentially untrained, Grant’s progress as a glass artist has been remarkable. Encouraged by Eileen Gordon, a renowned glass blower, Grant started working full time on his own unique range of glass art in 1994. Grant is recognised as one of Australia’s most experimental and exciting new glass blowers. In 2011 Grant Donaldson exhibited at the regional Gallery in Wagga. See the exhibition here.
Joined the Bannister Street Workshops in Perth, W A.
working with Lead lighting, sandblasting and cutting.
1982-84 Jam Factory Workshops Inc., Adelaide, S.A
3 year traineeship in all aspects of glass making.
1985-87 Helped James Dodson establish the ‘Tasmanian Glassblowers’ workshop in Evandale, Tasmania.
1987-88 Studied glass technology and visited glass studios & factories in UK. Attended ‘British Artists in Glass’ Conference in Edinburgh. Spent 2 months with ‘Isle of Wight’ glass, England, making production glass.
6 months at Okra Glass, Kinver, West Midlands, England. Making their production Art glass.
1988-89 Hired various studios in Melbourne, and worked part time for Rob
Knottenbelt, whilst establishing The Gordon Studio at Numurkah, Victoria.
- The Gordon studio opens in Numurkah. A wide range of unique glassware produced. The demand for Eileen’s glass was so great that her husband, Grant Donaldson decided to sell their partnership in a dairy farm, freeing them to concentrate on the glass making full time.
1994-2018 Eileen Gordon and Grant moved ‘The Gordon Studio Glassblowers’ to Rosebud, Victoria, enlarging their wholesale glass production as well as their range of unique art glassware