Fascinated by the human anatomy and the natural world, Hamilton’s works possess organic and scientific qualities. Hamilton’s fluid forms are a result of her skillful blowing and shaping of the glass medium.
MADA Gallery: Why did you choose to study the Masters of Fine Arts (Glass)?
Tegan Hamilton: I chose to study glass because I wanted to work with my hands, my head and my heart.
MADA Gallery: Did you work with glass before coming here to Monash University and how did your degree inform and inspire your practice?
TH: I hadn't touched glass before I began my BFA, it was a totally new, overwhelming and sometimes difficult experience learning all of the techniques that eventually lead you to be able to successfully convey your concepts. My degree taught me to understand the medium and allowed me to work through my ideas in a physical manner.
MADA Gallery: How has your work changed or developed since studying at Monash?
TH: Gosh, of course! To start with, I learnt a new language; glass. I have also managed to develop my work further than I could have ever imagined and developed new ways of thinking about my practice.
MADA Gallery: What inspires you to make your work?
TH: I love natural history, I am drawn to our obsession as a society to collect, categorise and preserve the world around us.
MADA Gallery: What drew you to using glass as your chosen medium?
TH: The thought of studying glass never crossed my mind until Open Day at Monash 2003. I was wandering around, when I stumbled across the glass studio. I felt like I had entered a new world of possibilities. The glass was strewn across the tables and sparkled in the sunshine. I continued into this exciting place to watch a girl demo making a vase. I was mesmerised! I was hooked.
MADA Gallery: What are some of the joys and difficulties you face with working with your chosen medium?
TH: I think that some of the joys come from the difficulties. You never stop learning with glassblowing. Glass is such a temperamental beast. You master one thing, only to have to refine one hundred more things. The possibilities are endless.
MADA Gallery: Where is your studio located?
TH: I hire out of different studios around Melbourne. I mainly hire Monash's hot shop and also private studios in St Kilda and Red Hill.
MADA Gallery: What does a typical day in the studio involve for you?
TH: A typical day in the studio starts with lighting the glory holes and setting the kilns, organising the kilns and setting up the bench with tools. I usually split a day with another glass blower so that we can assist each other and work half a day each. Generally we work 8-4/5.
MADA Gallery: What are your artistic plans for the future?
TH: I'm working towards another solo exhibition early next year, this will feature my new illustrated glass. I also hope to travel and continue my current body of work.
You can visit Tegans’s website at: www.teganhamilton.com
Tegan’s work is stocked at: MADA Gallery Shop (opposite the MADA Gallery), Gallery 577, The Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Veronica George, and more.