Published: 2 May 2014
It is not often you discover a glass artist whose story can literally be etched into his work. That is undeniably the case with South Australian glass artist Llewelyn Ash, the latest glassblowing talent welcomed to the Aspects family.
After five years working with glass, Llewelyn has crafted his own unique style of making beautiful glass objects incorporating details gleaned from nature and using the striking qualities of line to express his creative ideas.
Growing up in the Adelaide Hills, Llewelyn’s creative DNA was nurtured by both parents as artists; oil-painter Glen Ash and Janet Ayliffe a celebrated watercolour painter and printmaker. Drawing from a young age, Llewelyn filled his drawing books with images of the animals he was surrounded by. When surfing became a passionate interest, drawings of the ocean, marine life and coastal landscapes soon filled the pages. Such is exquisitely expressed in the subtle form and tonal character of his beach bowl series.
Studying at the University of South Australia posed new techniques and challenges for Llewelyn. Ultimately this is where he was introduced to his passion and love, glass. Mentored by Gabrielle Bisetto and tutored by Tim Shaw, Llewelyn’s strong affiliations with the land and sea have helped him to develop and hone his distinctive style, as well as earn him a number of accolades along the way.
Being exhibited in art galleries Australia wide, Llewelyn’s glass was a highlight at the Design Institute of Australia award, finalist in the Australian National Glass Museum Student Award and won the Waterhouse Youth Art Prize. Llewelyn has recently completed a two year intensive glassblowing traineeship at Adelaide’s Jam Factory after being selected as a Jam Factory Associate and for the Jam Factory Pilchuck Scholarship in Seattle.
With an array of functional pieces as well as glass blown objects of desire that tell the story of Llewelyns Ash’s journey, Aspects of Kings Park is extremely proud to showcase such a talented glass artist’s work. Come in today to discover more about Llewelyn Ash and see firsthand his beautifully crafted glasswork on display.