About Savitrine Glassworks - David Dawes
After 30 years in the banking industry David decided to change his life and fulfil his dreams. He now owns and runs a successful 40-hectare cattle and garlic farm near Braidwood and creates functional glass art pieces for a living.
His journey as an artist has been long, somewhat meandering and often postponed. Inspired by Japanese contemporary printmaking he had been carving woodblocks and producing drypoint etchings. He has long been fascinated by glass, first as a collector and now as a passionate glass addict! He was lucky to have been taught by four glass artists of world renown in Patty Gray, Emma Varga, Mark Elliott (hot glass blowing/flameworking) and Dagmar Ackerman.
Inspired by the landscapes around him he loves to experiment with colours, patterns and layers to reveal hidden images – truly through the looking glass and into an infinite wonderland of functional and beautiful pieces. David loves that glass fusing is technically challenging and is constantly experimenting and learning. There is a fine line between success and failure but that is part of the addiction - to keep pushing not only the boundaries of the medium but also his creative vision.
David’s goals are to hand make all of his products, create original designs that do not follow trends but are timeless, finish his products to a high standard, find inspiration from a diverse range of influences and, above all, to wholeheartedly enjoy the creative journey. Appropriately for kiln fired glasswork Savitrine means "of the sun" in Sanskrit and is also a (terrible) play on words - Sa vitrine is "his shop window" in French.
AusGlass - My AusGlass gallery page
Royal Easter Show, Sydney 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Sydney Family Show, Sydney 2010, 2011
Spirit Show, TAP Gallery, Sydney, 2010
Waverley Woollahra Art Show, 2012
Savitrine Glassworks Studio in Bronte, NSW
"Among the many thousands of things that I have never been able to understand one in particular stands out. That is the question of who was the first person who stood by a pile of sand and said "You know, I bet if we took some of this sand and mixed it with a little potash and heated it, we could make a material that would be solid and yet transparent, We could call it glass." Call me obtuse but you could stand me on a beach until the end of time and never would it occur to me to try and make it into windows"