Edols & Elliott



Benjamin Edols has been blowing glass since 1987. He received his BA from Sydney College of the Arts and went on to successfully complete a post-graduate diploma at Canberra School of Art in 1992. Since that time Ben has travelled to work alongside colleagues in America, Italy and Japan. Ben has given glassblowing workshops at Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Toyama Institute of Glass Art, Toyama Institute of Glass Art, Niijima Glass Centre, The Jam Factory in Adelaide and Sydney College of the Arts.

Kathy Elliott has been working with glass since 1988. Kathy received her BA from Canberra School of Art in 1992 .She has specialized in cold working techniques and has given workshops at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, Toyama Institute of Glass Art , South Australian University at Underdale and Canberra School of Art.

Ben and Kathy have been working together since 1993 when they had the first exhibition of their collaborative work at de Vera in San Francisco. Their work is in the collections of The Victoria and Albert Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Auckland Museum, Toyama Art Museum, American Craft Museum, Chrysler Museum of Art, National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House Collection, among others. Their work has been exhibited in Australia, Japan, the United States, Germany, England and Italy.

They now live and work in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. In early 2001 they completed work on their glassblowing and cold working studio where they continue their studio practice.



We work within the traditions of the Decorative Arts and are concerned with issues of craftsmanship and skill.

We work with glass for many reasons. For Ben it is a strong attraction to the process of working in the Venetian style of glassblowing.  For me I am inspired to work with glass by what is possible in terms of carving and decorating the forms and working with the light to generate a breathtaking effect.

In the past few years the main focus with our work has been a response to the natural world. To leaves and pods, blades of grass, succulent fruit. The forms, the textures, and the quality of the colour that is held in each fluid filled cell.  It may appear to be an unnatural garden but the inspiration for most of this work has been found once it has fallen from its tree.



Current Residence:

                   Sydney, Australia

Solo Exhibitions:

2009           Light Marks, William Traver Gallery, Seattle
                   Studio Glass, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
2008           Benjamin Edols Kathy Elliott, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland
2007           Evolve, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
                   Benjamin Edols Kathy Elliott, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma
                   Edols & Elliott, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2006           Studio Glass, Beaver Galleries, Canberra ACT
2005           Autumn, William Traver Gallery, Seattle WA
2004           Recent Work, deVera, New York, NY, USA
2003           Cultivate II, Quadrivium, Sydney, NSW
2002           Cultivate, William Traver Gallery, Seattle WA. USA                  
2001           Botanicals, de Vera, San Francisco, U.S.A.
                   Blaze, Quadrivium, Sydney, N.S.W.
                   Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott New Glass, Distelfink at
                   Nellie Castan, Melbourne, Vic.
2000           Light Erosion, Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, NY
                   Dissolve, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA,
                   Flux, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR.
1999           Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott Studio Glass,Beaver Galleries, A.C.T
                   Glass Lovers Weekend, William Traver Gallery, Millville, NJ
1998           Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott-Recent Work, William Traver Gallery,
                              Seattle, WA.
                   Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott, Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne
                   Skin II,de Vera, San Francisco, CA
1997           Skin, Glass Artists Gallery, Sydney
                   Recent Work, Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany
1996           Kathy Elliott and Benjamin Edols, Carved Glass, de Vera,
                              San Francisco

Group Exhibitions:

2009           In Paradise, Manly Museum and Art Gallery, Manly
                   Furnace, Contemporary Australian Art Glass, Tasmanian Craft Fair,
                   Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
                   Ranamok Glass Prize, Travelling Competitive exhibition
                   Vision Realized, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh
                   Art in Glass, Framed Gallery, Darwin
                   Looking Forward, William Traver Gallery , Seattle
2008           Gesture and Cadence, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery,
                   Womens Glass Invitational, Dane Gallery , Nantucket, MA
                   Surface Exploration, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne
                   In Essence, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
                   Ranamok Glass Prize, Travelling competitive exhibition
2007           Smartworks, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
                   Mastery in Contemporary Glass, Gaffer Studio Glass and Starcap
                              Galleries, Singapore
                   Ranamok Glass Prize, Travelling competitive exhibition
                   Tom Malone Glass Prize, Western Australian Art Gallery, Perth
2006           Freestyle New Australian Design for Living, Opened Melbourne
                              Museum. Travelling exhibition
                   Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
                   Australia GLASS 2006, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto,
                   New Masters: New Glass, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
2005           Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
                   Sabbia: the next chapter, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
                   World Glass, William Traver Gallery Tacoma, WA
                   Seeds of Light, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra
                   Glass Lovers Weekend; Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Millville NJ
                   Canberra Glass 2005, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
2004           Sydney Style, Sydney Opera House
                   Marioni, Edols, Elliott. New Work. Masterworks Gallery, Auckland
                   Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2003           The Glass Vessel, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design, Louisville,
                              KY, USA
                   Hot Glass 2003, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne
                   Canberra Glass 2003, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
                   20 /20 Vision, Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ, USA
2002           Global Glass, Marx - Saunders Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA
                   Niijima Glass Exhibition, TEPCO Gallery, Tokyo Japan
                   Benjamin Edols, Kathy Elliott and Tom Rowney: Studio Glass, Beaver
                              Galleries, Canberra
                   William Traver Gallery: 25 Years, William Traver Gallery, Seattle WA,
                   International Artists Exploring the Vessel Form, Marx-Saunders
                              Gallery, Chicago, Il, U.S.A.
                   Australian Glass, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
2001           Lino Tagliapietro e amici, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA, U.S.A.
                   Transparent Things, Australian National Gallery touring exhibition,
                              Wagga Wagga Regional
                   Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.
2000           International Craft Triennale, Museum fur Angewandte Kunst,
                              Frankfurt, Germany
                   At the Edge, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany; National Glass
                              Centre, Sunderland, U.K.
1999           RFC Glass Prize, Volvo Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
                   Vetro al Femminile, Galleria Marina Barovier, Venice, Italy
                   Contemporary Australian Craft, Hokkaido Museum of Modern
                              Art, Sapporo, Japan
1998           Internatinal Exhibition of Glass +95, Kanazawa, Japan
                   Aperto Vetro, Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy
                   RFC Glass Prize, Glass Artists Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
                   Australian Glass-10 Artists, Gallery Enomoto, Osaka, Japan
1997           Contemporary Glass, Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.


Victoria and Albert Museum
Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf
Auckland Museum
Toyama Art Museum
American Craft Museum
Chrysler Museum of Art
Devonport Art Gallery, Tasmania
Powerhouse Museum
Queensland Art Gallery
National Gallery of Australia
Corning Museum of Glass
American Glass Museum
Wagga Wagga National Glass Collection
Art Gallery of South Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Glasmuseum Alter Hof Herding, Coesfeld Lette, Germany
Parliament House Collection, Canberra
Government House Collection, Sydney
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Edols & Elliott continued

The Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
The Denver Art Museum
The Carnegie Museum of Art, PA
Palm Springs Art Museum, CA

Awards and Fellowships:

2003           Australia Council Grant, New Work
1998           Resource Finance Corporation Glass Prize
1995           Australia Council Grant
                   Pilchuck Glass School Scholarship


2007           The Sydney Magazine August 2007 Issue # 52
                   Australian Art Review November 2007 Issue # 15
2003           Australian Glass Today, Margot Osborne, Wakefield Press
                   Object No. 42
                   Lino Issue No. 3
                   House and Garden, May, 2003
                   Domain, Sydney Morning Herald, 10th April, 2003
2002           VETRO magazine, December, 2002 no. 16,
2001           Artists in Glass, Dan Klein, Miitchell Beazley, 2001
                   I.D. Magazine, November 2001
                   Sydney Morning Herald, +Metropolitan+ pg.8 September 22-23, 2001
                   Flux, Bullseye Gallery Exhibition Catalogue; Australia +
                              Germany, International Craft Triennale 2000 Exhibition
1999           At the Edge, Australian Glass Art, Exhibition Catalogue, National
                              Gallery of Australia, Developing the Collection, Acquisitions
                              1997-1999, N.G.A.1999
                   Contemporary Australian Craft, Exhibition Catalogue, Hokkaido
                              Museum of Modern Art, 1999
                   Craft Arts International, No. 47; Arte, August 1999
1998           Neues Glas, 3/98
                   New Glass Review, No+s 17, 18, 19, 21, 22
                   Aperto Vetro +98, Exhibition Catalogue, Editrice Arsenale
                   The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa +98, Exhibition
                   Latitudes: Bullseye Glass in Australia, Exhibition Catalogue,1998
                   Australian Glass-10 Artists, Exhibition Catalogue
1997           Masters of Their Craft, Noris Ioannou, Craftsman House


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