All About Gerry Reilly

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Hot glass designer & artist, Gerry Reilly produces a strikingly vivid range of handcrafted blown art glass designs from the Melting Pot Glass Studio in Margaret River WA, which he has owned and operated for the past 30 years. In 2014, the studio moved from main street 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, and supplies a stunning range of highly coloured tableware and drinking glasses.

He and his partner Margot Edwards run the studio together, having evolved to focus on responding to commissions, online and by appointment; and running experiential hot glassmaking experiences and special events. You’ll never forget the experience of spending an hour with Gerry, as he guides you through making your own glass, or thrills your children as they blow their own bauble.

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’s ongoing professional development includes conferences and workshops, including Nexus International Glass Forum in 2019 at Northlands Creative in NE Scotland; stretching back to an advanced workshop in Venetian Glass techniques with Venetian glassmaster, Lino Tagliapietra in the early 1990s. He was Workshop Coordinator for the AUSGLASS National Conference in WA in 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. His most recent exhibitions with Linton and Kay Galleries at Mandoon Estate in the Swan Valley in 2018; and Margaret River Galleries in 2019.

Gerry was commissioned by Linton and Kay in 2017 to create a major artwork for the Intercontinental Hotel in Perth, collaborating with architect Eva Sue, on a magnificent three-part hanging installation, Forest Drift, in the hotel foyer, made with 72 blown glass leaves. The commission also included platters in every guest room; sculptures and vases in the upstairs VIP breakfast room; and awards for opening presentations. 

In early 2018, Gerry created Effervescence for Perth’s Optus Stadium with over 80 glass bubbles suspended across the roof of the ground floor VIP Locker Room bar.

Gerry Reilly has numerous pieces in the  City of Bunbury Collection, 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, and also was invited to enter his artwork in the Bunbury Biennale 2009.

Gerry 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 has taken part in numerous festival events as invited artist, including the Margaret River’s International Wine Festival and boundary-pushing Emergence Creative Festival.

In 2007, Gerry 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 Reilly’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; large commission projects for Energy Developments Ltd, Consolidated Minerals,  Chevron Aust and Hammersley Iron, plus 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 works closely with numerous galleries, curated art fairs and gift shops, more recently focused on Western Australia, specifically Aspects of Kings Park Gallery, Gallows Gallery, Linton and Kay Galleries and Fremantle Arts Centre’s annual Bazaar Christmas Fair, creating 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 over ten years until 2017, he and Margot were visiting artists for the Blackstone Arts Festival held in the Central Desert indigenous community each May; and their travels across Australia, the Nullabor, western Qld and the Pilbara and Kimberley have been a continual source of design inspiration. The landscapes experienced on their R&D roadtrip to Scotland and Ireland in 2019 provide new palettes for Gerry Reilly’s big sky series … now appearing.

Gerry studied ceramics alongside glass in his student days, including 2 years under master ceramist, Les Blakeborough at University of Tasmania in the early 1980s, and worked as a production potter whilst establishing his own glass practice in south west WA. Recent research and development in ceramics, both in NW Scotland with clay master Fergus Stewart, and here in WA with his daughter Emily Ripley, is rekindling his interest with the intention to create a body of work made from local materials – clay, rock, ash and wood; and of building a new wood-fired kiln; seeking to reveal a deeper sense of place in the process and outcome of his art practice.

Gerry has been a Fellow of the Crafts Council of WA since 1995; received Craftmark accredition and became an affiliate of Craft Australia in 1999. 

Bibliography – Masters of their Craft – Tradition and Innovation in the Australian Contemporary Decorative Arts by Noris Ioannou.


1976-81 Studied glass/ceramics at Monash University School of Art, Gippsland Institute and University of Tasmania

1989 Advanced workshop in Venetian Glassblowing techniques with Lino Tagliopietra (Italy), Dante Marioni (USA), Richard Marquis (USA), in Auckland, NZ.

1995 Fellow of Crafts Council of WA – “in recognition of his commitment to crafts practice in the field of Glass and Education”.

2007 Designing Futures Cluster Workshop, Margaret River in conjunction with FORM Contemporary Design Project

2019 Nexus International Glass Forum, Northlands Creative, Lybster. NE Scotland.


2017 “Forest Drift”,  collaborating with architect Eva Sue, on a magnificent three-part hanging installation, in the foyer, Perth’s Intercontinental Hotel. Consisting of with 72 blown glass leaves, the hanging sculpture was commissioned by Linton and Kay Galleries with the project architects, Woods Bagot.  The commission also included platters in every guest room; sculptures and vases in the upstairs VIP breakfast room; and awards for opening presentations. 

2018 – “Effervescence”, Perth’s Optus Stadium – 80+ glass bubbles suspended across the roof of the ground floor VIP Locker Room bar.

2015 “Aquifer Mk 2” Architectural Installation, Lobby – Toccatta Apartments, East Perth,

2015 “GM Grapes Mk2” – illuminated sculpture, Emergence Creative Festival, Margaret River;

2014 “Fukishima Fruit Box” – illuminated installation for “Flair”, Ausglass National Exhibition, Gallery Central

2011 “GM Grapes” – illuminated installation, Vintage Art Trail, Margaret River Wine Festival;

2009 “Yellerie Glowarama”, first illuminated intstallation for Bunbury Biennale, BRAG


2018 “One Perfect Day”, Gerry Reilly landscapes, Linton & Kay Galleries, Mandoon Estate, Swan Valley, WA

2007 “Gerry Reilly – Art Glass”, Retrospective, West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul, Vic

2001 “Gerry Reilly Glass Artist & Sheila Bedford Painter”, Pilbara Fine Art Gallery, Karratha

1999 “Beyond the Rim – Western Landscapes in Glass”, Fremantle Arts Centre


2013 “South West Showcase”, Parliament House, Canberra

2010 “Desert Series”, Foyer Perth Concert Hall

2006 Commissioned artist–WA Business Arts Partnerships Awards, WA Dept Arts&Culture

2005 Artopia – Living Artists – feature artist – Aspects of Kings Park, Perth

2000 Feature Artist – Contemporary Design Craft Show, Sydney

1998 Feature Artist – Myer West Week, Perth


2019 Explorations in Glass, Glass Artists of WA, Bunbury Regional Galleries

2019 “From the Heart”, opening of The Heart, Margaret River Cultural Centre

2018 “Luminosity” –  Margaret River Galleries

2014, “Flair”, Glass Artists of WA, Gallery Central, Perth

2012 “Fluidity” – Mundaring Arts Centre

2009 “On Fire” – Mundaring Arts Centre

2008 “City of Bunbury Collection”, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (BRAG)

“Evolved” Central Tafe Showcase Space, Perth,

2007 “Emerge” Designing Futures, BRAG

“Style and Sensibility”, ArtGeo Busselton Courthouse Gallery

2006 “Australian Glass”, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto /AUSTRADE Canada

2003 “Glass Art – Gerry Reilly & Cindy Durant”, Yallingup Garden Art Studio,

“AUSGLASS 2003”, Customs House Fremantle

2001 “Centenary of Federation Glass Exhibition”, Tasmania

2000 Kirra Australia, Melbourne

Craft Australia Olympic Exhibition & Olympic VIP lounge, Circular Quay

1999 “Presiding Officer’s Acquisiton Award Exhibition”, Parliament House, Canberra

1998 Kirra Australia, Melbourne

The Mill Gallery, York

1993-95 City of Perth Craft Award

1993 Blaxland Galleries, Sydney

1993-94 Customs House Invitation Award exhibition, Fremantle

1990-2009 SW Survey, Bunbury Art Galleries

1990-94 Margaret River Art Galleries – Members Exhibitions


2014-2020 Margaret River Region Open Studios

2014-2019 Bazaar, Fremantle Arts Centre

2005 Ambiente Gift and Trade Fair, Germany/ Austrade

Singapore Gift Show, Austrade

1997 Exhibitor, Australian Craft Show, Sydney

1996-98 Art/Craft Expo, Fremantle,

1996 Aust. Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne with Crafts Council of WA

1996 Exhibitor, Australian Craft Show, Sydney and Canberra

1993-2005 Habitat Crafts Show, Fremantle Arts Centre Fair


2008 City of Bunbury Art Acquisition Award, SW survey exhibition, Bunbury Art Galleries

2003 Finalist – Spirals Art Award, Bunker Bay.

2001 Highly Commended, York Society Art Awards

2000 Winner – inaugural Willyabrup Art Acquisition Award, south west WA artists.

Judges – Alan Dodge, WA Art Gallery/Belinda Carrigan, Holmes A Court collection

1997 Winner – Sculpture Award, SW Survey Exhibition, Bunbury Art Galleries

1996 Silver medal – Awards for Excellence, Art-Craft Expo, Fremantle

Highly Commended – Wanneroo City Art Awards

1994 Winner – Leonora Art Prize, Sculpture/Ceramics/Wood/Glass

Winner – York Society Art Craft Awards – Glass

1992 & 94 Winner – Glass Section, SW Survey Exhibition, Bunbury Art Galleries.


2005-2017 Annual Visiting Artist, Blackstone Festival, Central Desert WA – glass beadmaking/community art projects in collaboration with Margot Edwards, Blackstone community & other visiting artists

2003 Artist in Residence – Warburton Aboriginal Community, Central Desert WA


Ebeltoft Glasuseum, Denmark

Queensland State Gallery Craft Collection

Holmes A Court Collection

City of Bunbury Collection

University of South Australia Collection

Bankwest Corporate Collection

Don Dunstan Collection

La Trobe Gallery Collection

Dianne and Terry Grammer Private Collection

Lloyd and Bev Margetts Private Collection

Sczurek private Collection

Ambassador of Denmark Collection

Karratha Resort

The Lakes Resort, Adelaide

Tasmanian School of Art Collection

Chisholm Senior High School Private Collection

Private collections throughout Australia and the world.


2020 Argyle Diamonds commerative awards – current

2010-2020 Women Lawyer’s WA annual awards

2018-19, 2016 WA Screen Academy Awards

2015-2019 Rio Tinto/Dampier Salt long service awards;

2019 Hepatitis WA Awards

2019 Council of Ambulance Authorities conference awards

2019 Bunbury Cathedral Grammar commemorative awards

2018 Australian Mines, European Trade Fair presentation display bottle

2017 Perth Intercontinental Hotel opening presentation awards

1991-2017 Drug Aware Margaret River International Pro Surf Trophies – now five star international event

2017 University of WA , presentation pieces for Chinese University

2016 St John of God Murdoch Hospital, commemorative pieces

2015 Indian Ocean Longboard Club, annual awards

2015 Curtin University, commemorative gifts

2014 DG Global, Table Centrepieces auctioned Mercedes Benz Ball World of Colour Fundraiser, Burswood Casino

2014 WA Health Dept annual awards,

2014-15 Swimming Australia’s BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series

2013 Energy Developments Ltd 25thanniversary gifts;

2013-17 Atco Gas Award; Atco Australia Award

2011 Chevron Aust Wheatstone Project Protocol Gifts & Commerative Awards for Gorgon Project 2011 ISAF World Championship Sailing Regatta;

2011 Surfrider Foundation awards

2009-10 SW Academy of Sport Annual Awards;

2008 Fortescue Metals-Baosteel Steel presentation Gifts,

2008 Faculty of Life & Physical Sciences UWA (SPICE),

2008 Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA),

2007-09 DEST Indigenous Higher Education Awards;

2007 Legends Golf Tour Trophy;

2006 Handa Cup Perpetual Trophy onwards

2006 WA Business Arts Partnership Awards, WA Dept of Arts & Culture;

2006 Dept of Industry and Resources Gift

2005 Indigenous Vietnam Veterans Awards

2004-08 Mastercard Junior Golf Masters Trophies;

2004-05 Telstra Australia Rally

2005 Royal Perth Golf Club to Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews & Royal Calcutta Golf Club; 2004-05 Fremantle Arts Centre Gifts Registry;

2004-08Craftwest/Form Gifts Registry incl. regular commissions for Australian Government

Prior to 2004: CHOGM protocol gifts for partner’s of Heads of Government, Primeministers Dept;

Sultan of Brunei, Mayors of Shanghei and Beijing; King of Thailand;

Govenor of WA; Hammersley Iron, IBM; Fremantle Yacht Club,

WA Windsurfing Championships trophies; WAMI Awards; Takano Yuri Women’s Golf Classic


Ioannou, Noris. Masters of their Craft; Clay, Glass, Metal, Fibre, Wood. Tradition and Innovation in the Australian Contemporary Decorative Arts, Craftsmen House, Sydney, 1997.

Lynggard, Finn. The Story of Studio Glass: The Early Years, a Historic Documentation Told by the Pioneers. Copenhagen: Rhodos International Science and Art Publishers, 1998.

– Lloyd, R. Ian Margaret River Australian Wine Regions. Brookvale, New South Wales: Tower Books Australia, 2000.

– Litchfield Bob. Litchfield Caroline. Cape to Cape. Impressions and Images of the Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin Region.: Australia, Bob Litchfield Pty Ltd, 2000

– Classics for Collectors, Paul Terry International, Australia 1991

– Craftwest Journal – feature article and cover spring edition, 1994

– Australia’s Best, an Exhibition of Unique Australian Art, Sydney 2000 Olympics, Craft Australia and Australian Tourist Commission 2000.


– Recipes that Rock, International TV series, featured Gerry Reilly creating a platter with celebrity chef, Matt Stone and cheesemaker/ex-Blur bass player Alex James, filmed during the celebrated Gourmet Escape in Margaret River 2012, on TV during 2013 Europe & Australia.