Joanna Manousis

2019 QEST Scholar - Glassmaking

Joanna is a British artist working in glass and mixed media. Her work has been recognised with nominations for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a Bombay Sapphire Award for ‘Excellence in Glass’, and she has received the Margaret M. Mead Award and the Hans Godo Frabel Award. Joanna holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Alfred University, New York, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art–Glass from Wolverhampton University. She has worked, studied and taught in Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.

Funding from QEST will enable Joanna to undertake a PhD in Glass Studio practice in the UK. Her research with ‘core-cast’ glass and gilding techniques will serve as an inspirational and technical guide for artists and educators, enabling makers to mimic material inclusions within glass that would usually be incompatible, while providing new applications for mirrored cast glass.

Glass is my chosen medium and I am drawn to its contrasting qualities–transparent yet solid, it simultaneously reveals yet barricades. I use cast glass as a lens to magnify residual formations of objects within. On occasion these negative spaces are mirrored in order to reflect the viewers gaze.