Open Studio: Kirstie Rea and Lucy Palmer
Kirstie Rea is an independent studio artist creating from her glass studio in the leafy suburb of Pialligo. The studio is located within The Hayshed complex that has housed artists since the 1970s. Kirstie Rea established the space 32 years ago and has over the years shared the space with various artists.
The studio is set up as a glass kiln forming and cold working space with generous room to design and layout works in progress. It’s rustic nature and semi-rural location is a perfect fit for Rea’s work.
Kirstie Rea has an established practice that includes the ongoing creation of new work alongside teaching contemporary glass making processes, mentoring, undertaking public and private commissions and working on school projects. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally in solo and selected group exhibitions.
Lucy Palmer graduated with Honours in Visual Arts, specialising in Glass, from the University of South Australia in 2014. Currently working from her studio at The Haysehd with Kirstie Rea, Palmer strives to utilise the unique qualities of kiln formed glass to create an illusory sense of distance and depth; depicting vast landscapes, expansive skies and the quiet horizon where the two dissolve. Her inspiration derives from an interest in the incredible potential of distance and space to draw the viewer away from their immediate physical environment and allow the mind to escape.
Visitors will be welcomed to the studio and have the opportunity to walk through the space, view multiple making processes, materials, prototypes and finished artworks.