"Bespoke maker & designer for private and public spaces / glass blower / artist"
Emma Lashmar first fell in love with hot glass while seeking to hone some sculptural finesse during studies in Visual Art at Curtin University. Inspired, and a little besotted with the mesmerising medium, Emma transferred her studies to Fine Arts (Glass) at Monash University, Melbourne, where she graduated with Honours in 2009. Emma’s practice evolved to create vast site-specific installation works. These large scale projects incorporated a multitude of blown glass forms into tensioned, suspended fields or swarms of connected elements, often with an integrated mechanical or digital system playing with sensory subjectivities to light, sound and vibration. The artist exhibited widely in solo and group shows in public and commercial galleries and artist-run spaces in Melbourne and Sydney in the following years, and had work purchased for notable private collections in Victoria and New South Wales. Emma travelled overseas with the assistance of a Freedman Foundation Scholarship in 2012 to undertake extensive research, studio residencies and exhibition opportunities in Buenos Aires and Berlin, and develop her technical glass skill in a masterclass at NorthLands Creative, Scotland. Past commissions include bespoke lighting and tableware designs for iconic Australian restaurants Vue de Monde, Penfolds Magill Estate, Gertrude Enoteca and Tedesca Osteria. In recent years Emma has returned to profesional practice in her hometown of Perth and has engaged in studio residencies at PICA; Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany; ArtsHouse, Bassendean; and Paper Mountain, Northbridge.