Bowl by Kristin McFarlane


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Bowl 375 mm diam x 50mm Kiln formed glass, silver leaf, printed inclusions, powder


About Kristin 

Since becoming a glass artist my practice has focused on transferring design elements into glass. This interest stems from my background as a graphic designer working in the music and advertising industries. After several years of working at a computer I discovered I wanted more than setting type and designing album covers and returned to Monash University to complete a Graduate Diploma and Masters of Fine Arts.

An interest in photography and experimentation with a variety of printing methods, especially screenprinting, enabled me to start working more artistically through the medium of kiln formed glass.

My work with glass now also incorporates botanical specimens and encaustic painting. I enjoy using delicate materials to create multi-layered works with complex interiors that explore memory, fragility and strength.

I have recently moved to Kalorama in the Dandenong Ranges and am enjoying the views, kookaburras and renovating a mid-century home.


2002-2004          Master of Fine Arts (by research-glass), Monash University, Melbourne

2000-2001          Graduate Diploma (glass), Monash University, Melbourne

1991-1993          Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design), Monash University, Melbourne


Professional Experience

2019                     Technical studio assistant for Amanda Simmons (UK) glass workshop, Blue Dog Glass, Melbourne

2019                     Technical assistant for Kari Minnick (USA) glass workshop, Blue Dog Glass, Melbourne

2014-current       Volunteer at Wyreena Arts Centre – Ceramics class for special needs students

2017                     Encaustic Workshop with Marieke Dench, Chapman & Bailey Studio, Melbourne

2016                     Cultural Threads project with Community of Dandenong for installation at Drum Theatre, Melbourne
2015                     Carrie Iverson images in glass masterclass, Blue Dog Glass, Melbourne
2014                     Charlie Cohan print and glass workshop, Canberra Glassworks and Megalo Print Studio, Canberra

2013                     3D typography and glass lecture, Ausglass Conference, Wagga Wagga

2013                     Screen printing demonstration, Ausglass Conference, Wagga Wagga

2012                     Lec-mo on 3D typography and glass, GAS Conference, Toledo, Ohio, USA

2009-2011          Commissioned to create artworks for Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan (including ‘Ahel Al Himmeh’ Awards)

2005-2014          Commissioned to create National and State trophies for The Australian of the Year Awards

2011-2012          Studio Arts Assistant, Aitken College, Melbourne

2008                     Jeremy Lepisto and Mel George workshop, Canberra Glassworks

2006                     Commissioned installation for Monash University Berwick campus

2006                     Catharine Newell Frit workshop, Melbourne

2005                     Commissioned installation for Royal Melbourne Hospital 3 West Day Procedure area

2004-2005          Research Associate (Glass) Department of Fine Arts, Monash University, Melbourne

2003                     Presented paper at GAS 33rd Conference Seattle, USA on the Warlayirti Artists workshops

2002                     Assisted artist Janet Laurence with glass tests for “Ferment”, Monash University, Melbourne

2001/2002           Coordinator of glass workshop for the Warlayirti Artists of Balgo Hills, Western Australia

1993-1994          Graphic design internship with David Carson Design and Ray Gun Magazine, Del Mar, California, USA

1994-2002          Worked as professional graphic designer



2013                     Selected finalist – Ranamok Glass Prize

2012                     Winner – Studio Glass Prize – ArtVision 2012, Mansfield

2012                     Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant to present Lec-Mo at GAS conference, Toledo, USA

2012                     Selected finalist – Ranamok Glass Prize

2011                     Selected finalist – Ranamok Glass Prize

2010                     Selected finalist – Ranamok Glass Prize

2010                     Selected finalist – CraftForms 2010, Wayne Art Centre, Pennsylvania,USA

2010                   Shortlisted for 2010 Libris Awards (National Artists’ Book prize), Artspace Mackay, QLD

2009                     Selected as ‘curator’s choice’ (Susan Taylor Glasgow) for Short Stories – Narratives from the Kiln, Columbia, USA

2008                     Australia Council For the Arts – New Work Grant (emerging)

2007                     Selected entry – 2007 Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award

2006                     Selected finalist – Bullseye E-merge competition

2004                     Selected finalist – Ranamok Glass Prize

2004                     Craft Victoria ‘Craft-in-Site’ funding for ‘Capturing Memory’       

2003                     Winner: Ausglass Student Exhibition Award

2003                     Monash University Postgraduate Travel Grant to attend GAS conference

2001                     Westin Workmanship Award Winner Bombay Sapphire Martini Art, Student Collection



Solo Exhibitions 

2015                     Forget Me Not (With Brenda Page), National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga, NSW         

2011                     Typecast – Impact7 Printmaking Conference, Monash University, Melbourne

2006                     The Lost Art of Letter Writing – Counihan Gallery, Melbourne

2004                     Capturing Memory – 4 Cats Gallery, Melbourne






Group Exhibitions             

2017                     The Cancer Puzzle: Patterns, Paradoxes and Personalities – The University of Melbourne
                              Herstory – Be Bold For Change, Federation Estate, Melbourne
                              Life’s a Beach – Wyreena Arts Centre, Melbourne


2016                     Cultural Threads project with Community of Dandenong for installation at Drum Theatre, Melbourne


2015                     Desire – Glass Sculpture and Wearable Art – Kirra Galleries, Melbourne

                              Contemporary Glass: Refracting a History, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne


2014                     Narrative in Glass – Kirra Galleries, Melbourne

                              ArtVision 2014 Mansfield, VIC

  1. Ranamok Glass Prize, touring nationally

                           Light in Winter Exhibition – Kirra Galleries, Melbourne

                      Taught: An exhibition of work by studio teachers at Blue Dog Glass, Glass Plus Gallery, Melbourne

                              Collective Vision: Ausglass Members’ Exhibition, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery


2012                     Ranamok Glass Prize, touring nationally

                              ArtVision 2012 Mansfield, VIC

                              Juxtapositions: New Glass For Architecture – Kirra Galleries, Melbourne

                              Encore – Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney

                              Contemporary Glass Society UK’s International Artist Exhibition


2011                     Ranamok Glass Prize, touring nationally

                              Encore – Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney
Memories and Mementos – Kirra Galleries, Melbourne

                              Reframed, Selected Works from the Moreland Art Collection, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne

                              Refraction – Mapping a Change in the Direction of Contemporary Glass, GAFFA Gallery, Sydney

                              Peripheral Vision – Ausglass Exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney


2010                     Craft Forms 2010, Wayne Art Centre, USA

                              MM10 Monash Momentum, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne
Ranamok Glass Prize, touring nationally
2010 Libris Awards, Artspace Mackay, QLD
powerHOUSE, Canberra Glassworks, ACT


2009                     Furnace – Contemporary Australian Art Glass, Tasmanian Craft Fair
The Counihan Connection, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne
For Arts Sake Bushfire Relief Auction, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne
Ken Field Memorial Exhibition, Scotch College, Melbourne
MM09 Monash Momentum, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne
Short Stories, Narratives From The Kiln, Columbia Art League, Missouri, USA

                              Glass Roots – 30th Ausglass Conference, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart


2008                     Wearable Art – Glass Plus Gallery, Melbourne

                              Some Like it Hot – Glass Plus Gallery, Melbourne

                              GAS Auction, Portland, USA

                              Open Slather – Ausglass Members Exhibition, ANU Canberra


2007                     Generation M – Kirra Gallery, Melbourne

                              PalmBeach3 Florida – Represented by Chappell Gallery, New York

                              Sculptural Abstractions – Glass Plus Gallery, Melbourne


2006                     SOFA (represented by Kirra Australia) – Chicago, USA

                              Bullseye E-Merge Competition (selected finalist) – Portland, OR, USA

                              The Roaring 40’s – Chappell Gallery, New York, USA

                              Worn – Sabbia Gallery, Sydney


2005                     Novizio – Sabbia Gallery, Sydney

                              All that Glitters – Jam Factory, Adelaide

                              Mind Maps – Craft Victoria, Melbourne

                              25 Years Monash Glass – Monash University, Melbourne

                              Journey Through the Flame – Kirra Gallery, Melbourne

                              Southern Lights – Ausglass Members exhibition, Adelaide

                              Continental Drift – Ausglass Members exhibition, Melbourne

                              Affordable Art Show – Exhibition Buildings Melbourne

                              The Time Image – Counihan Gallery, Melbourne


2004                     Ranamok Glass Prize. Touring nationally

                              New View – Glass Artists Gallery, Sydney

                              Practice in Process – Counihan Gallery, Melbourne

                              To Be or Not To Be…Jewelled – Australian Network of Clay and Glass Artists, Brisbane

                              Women’s Salon ’04 Counihan Gallery, Melbourne


2003                     Harvest, The Newest Talents in Glass and Ceramics – Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney

                              Ausglass Student Exhibition (Winner) Ausglass Conference –  Western Australia


2002                     Showstoppers, The Best of Monash Art & Design – Melbourne

                              Bombay Sapphire Blue Room UK/Europe: National Glass Centre, Sunderland; Salone del Mobile, Milan                                    Bombay Sapphire Martini Art – Westin Hotel, Sydney


2001                     Bombay Sapphire Martini Art, the Student Collection 2001 – Westin Hotel, Melbourne

                              Student Exhibition Auglass 12th Biennial Conference – Melbourne




Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan         Australian National Glass Collection

City of Moreland                                                                                  Monash University

Bombay Sapphire Foundation, UK                                  The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Bacardi Limited Australia                                                  Private collections in USA, UK, Europe, New Zealand and Australia

City of Dandenong



2010   Counihan Connection – Directed by Catherine Gough-Brady

2006   Sunday Arts Program, ABC TV, 6th August, 2006




‘The Ranamok Glass Prize 2013’. Craft Arts International No. 90, 2014. Pg 105 + 106

‘Australian Signatures’: The National Art Glass Collection. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery pg 92

McFarlane, Kristin. ‘Typecasting: Typography Within Glass’. The Glass Art Society 2012 Journal.  Pg 82-84. Toledo, USA

‘The Ranamok Glass Prize 2012’. Craft Arts International No. 87, 2013. Pg 92 + 93

‘The Ranamok Glass Prize 2011’. Craft Arts International No. 84, 2012. Pg 92

King, Dr Gerry. ‘The Imbuing of Meaning’. Craft Arts International No 83, 2011. pp 107-109

Oldknow, Tina. Ranamok Glass Prize 2011 catalogue essay, page 5

‘The Ranamok Glass Prize 2010’. Craft Arts International No. 81, 2011. Pg 100

Dresser, Glen.‘Typecast.’ Uppercase Magazine, issue 8, Feb 2011. pg 74-77

Best of Worldwide Glass Artists Volume 1. Kennedy Publishing. Pg 99-100 (including cover)

Fedele, Robert. ‘Art and Soul’. Moonee Valley Weekly (including cover), 14/12/10

Cousins, Kerry-Anne. ‘Uniting Past and Present’. The Canberra Times, 27/3/10
Howald, Lindsey. ‘Through the Looking Glass’. Columbia Daily Tribune. USA. 21/06/09
2009-2011 Melbourne Design Guide (Ruby Studio) pg 75
Go Boldly, Monash University 50th Anniversary commemorative book, 2008. pg 18-19
Jutta Cuny-Franz Award/Selected Entry. Neues Glas, issue 3/2007. pg 90

Petrie, Dr Kevin. Glass and Print Part 1. Neues Glas, issue 4/2006. pg 28-30

Rolf, Harry. Interview in Typotastic issue two (Labyrinths & Facades). 2006. Pg 25-30

Rule, Dan. ‘To The Letter’. The Age pg 17, 14/9/06

Madigan, Fran. ‘Loud and Clear’. Victorian Lifestyle Magazine July 2006. pp 48-49

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Crafti, Stephen. ‘Map of the Human Heart (and brain)’. The Age Metro pg 10, 2/05/2005

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Crafti, Stephen. ‘Glass Works to Remember’. The Age A3 pg 10. 6/09/2004

‘A Snapshot of Visual Arts in Regional Victoria’. Craft Arts International Issue 61. pg 74 (image). Craft Arts International, 2004

McFarlane, Kristin. ‘The Balgo Community of Aboriginal Artists’. The Glass Art Society 2003 Journal. pp 56-58. Seattle, USA

McFarlane, Kristin. ‘Balgo Glass’. This Side Up Magazine no. 20. Winter 2002 pp 2-5. The Netherlands/FUGA 2003

McFarlane, Kristin. ‘Desert Glass, The Introduction of Glass to the Warlayirti Artists of Balgo Hills Western Australia’      

Craft Culture pp 24-28. Craft Victoria Publication Volume 3 no. 245 Summer 3/2002

Layton, Ros. ‘Martini Art/The Student Collection’. Vogue Entertaining and Travel Autumn 2001, pp 58+59

Schulz, Dennis. ‘Art of the Outback’. Qantas-The Australian Way no 100. October 2001. pp 58-63 ACP Publishing. NSW

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Clark, John. ‘Monash Student Takes Glass Art to Australia’s Heart’. Monash News Volume 4, No 8. pg 6. Sept 2001



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