Giles Bettison

Born 1966, North Adelaide, Australia

Giles Bettison has become one of Australia’s most dominant and recognised glass artists. This acclaim can be attributed to his unique and strikingly beautiful application of colour, patterns and forms in his continual exploration of the traditional techniques of Murrini glass. His works invite a subtle contemplation of the environment in South Australia that inspires him.
He has evolved the ancient Venetian technique called “Murrini” or mosaic glass to construct patterned sheets from coloured glass canes. He cuts and combines these sheets to build his luminous vessels piece by piece. Bettison is known world wide for his pioneering efforts using the “Murrini technique.” His work is incredibly unique, combining old and new technology to create some of the finest glass available today.

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Working in Adelaide, Australia

1992-1996   Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons1), Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, ACT, Australia
Advanced Glass Blowing Classes, The Studio, Corning
Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, USA
Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA, USA

Giles Bettison has work in the following public collections:

Centro Videro do Norte Portugal, Oliveira de Azemeis, Portugal
Musée de Design et D’Arts Appliques Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
Bullseye Glass Company, Portland, USA
Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI, USA
Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, USA
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
City of Hobart Gallery, Hobart, Australia
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Resource Finance Corporation, Australia
The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia