Gerry Reilly Glass Artist Margaret River Western Australia

Hot glass designer & artist, Gerry Reilly produces a strikingly vivid range of handblown art glass designs from the Melting Pot Glass Studio in Margaret River WA, which he has owned and operated for the past 20 years. In 2014, the studio has moved to his beautiful 1.5ha property, west of Margaret River. Open by appointment, Gerry specialises in custom-made commissioned artworks, awards and commemorative pieces for private and business clients. He and his partner Margot Edwards are now evolving from a public demonstration studio/gallery, to focus on responding to commissions, online and by appointment; running experiential hot glass workshops; and holding special events. You'll never forget the experience of spending an hour with Gerry, as he draws a design for you or makes your piece while you watch.

Gerry began his thirty year journey in hot glass in his early 20s. After training in Ceramics & Glass at Monash University and University of Tasmania (1976-1981), Gerry worked in clay and glass studios in Tasmania and SA, including the Jam Factory Craft Workshop, before settling in the south west of WA in the mid 1980s.

Gerry has attended many conferences and workshops, including an advanced workshop in Venetian Glass techniques with Venetian glassmaster, Lino Tagliapietra. Gerry has been a Fellow of the Crafts Council of WA since 1995; received Craftmark accredition; became an affiliate of Craft Australia in 1999; and was Workshop Coordinator for the AUSGLASS National Conference in WA 2003.

Gerry Reilly exhibits nationally and internationally and his artworks are represented in public and private collections around Australia and overseas, including the Ebeltoft Glasmuseum Denmark. Gerry was commissioned to create a major artwork for the 2011 Margaret River Wine Region Festival. In winter 2010, he exhibited his Desert Series in Perth Concert Hall Foyer and collaborated with sculptor Ben Juniper on numerous major artworks. Gerry exhibited in the Bunbury Biennale 2009, after winning the City of Bunbury Acquisition Award in BRAG's South West Survey flagship exhibition in 2008 and 2003, amongst numerous category awards since 1990.

He has had highly successful solo exhibitions at the Arts Centre Warragul, Victoria (2007), Pilbara Fine Art Gallery (2001) and Fremantle Arts Centre (1999). In late 2006, Gerry was invited to take part in the major Australian Glass exhibition with AUSTRADE Canada, at Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto. He took part in the Designing Futures Program with FORM Contemporary Design, researching and developing new design artworks exhibited in EVOLVE at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries 2007, and Central TAFE Galleries, Perth 2008. This professional development program further informed his public and private commission work for government, large corporations and private collectors.
 

Gerry's commissioned works include awards, corporate gifts, trophies and interior designed pieces for clients as varied as the WA Dept for Arts and Culture, PrimeMinister's Dept CHOGM diplomatic gifts; WA Premier's Dept and DEEWR Indigenous Higher Education Awards; Sultan of Brunei and Danish Ambassador's collection, Margaret River Masters & Drug Aware Pro International Surf Trophies for 20 years; Swimming Australia trophies; Energy Developments Ltd, Consolidated Minerals, Chevron Aust, Hammersley Iron, Fortescue Metals and Woodside Petroleum corporate gifts; SHINE 2011 in-flight group conference; ISAF World Championship Sailing Regatta 2010; Royal Perth Golf Club; Holmes A Court, Leeuwin Estate and Voyager Estate Collections. Gerry Reilly also works closely with numerous galleries and gift shops throughout Western Australia to provide beautiful art glass gifts for visitors and presentation works to a diverse range of companies and government departments. Please contact him for a full listings of retail and gallery outlets.

Much of Gerry Reilly's design inspiration comes from the vast Australian interior. For the past six years, he has been guest artist for the Blackstone Arts Festival held in the Central Desert indigenous community each May.

Bibliography - Masters of their Craft - Tradition and Innovation in the Australian Contemporary Decorative Arts by Noris Ioannou.
 
Photos of Gerry Reilly and Xanthorrohea sculpture by Seng Mah - Venture Photography
 
Exhibitions & Awards