Probably the largest single impact that Monash had on my work was the very high quality Art Theory education.Mark Ammermann
Mark Ammermann specialises in architectural installations, fused glass panels, jewellery, cast glass sculpture and bowls and blown sculpture and studio glass.
He shares his studio with Emma Borland (another MADA Gallery Shop artist), in the village of Monbulk, situated in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges on Melbourne’s eastern fringe.
Why did you choose to study Bachelor of Fine Arts (Majoring in Glass)?
I have had a lifelong interest in art and finally chose to study it. I started to work with glass as a hobby in 2004 and briefly attended the Whanganui Glass School in New Zealand before doing my degree at Monash.
Probably the largest single impact that Monash had on my work was the very high quality Art Theory education. I am now undertaking the Masters in Teaching at Monash.
What drew you to glass as your chosen medium?
I have always been fascinated by glass. My grandmother and my mother both collected glass. It’s a very technical medium. Its implementation borders on the industrial with a bit of chemistry thrown in.
It can take a lot of time and effort to develop new ideas and processes. In the end, the finished work is always rewarding.
What does a typical day in the studio involve for you?
My studio is located at my home in Monbulk. I share the 8m x 6m shed with my partner, Emma Borland. There are so many tasks to do that there is really no typical day. I might be making waxes or moulds or working on the new glassblowing equipment.
In the near future I am hoping that I will be blowing glass for three to four hours each morning. I’m working on making another large crystal rice bowl and designing a series of intricate blown glass jars and will continue to work on colouring the cast glass.
You can visit Mark’s website at www.handmadeglass.com.au
Mark’s work is stocked at: MADA Gallery, Glass Plus Gallery, and Kirra Gallery in Melbourne. In Canberra at the Canberra Glassworks and in Sydney at the Glass Artists Gallery.