Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia born 1971

Home journey #2 2001 Place made: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: glass, glass: fused, kiln-formed, carved and polished, metal stand

Dimensions: 24.0 h x 98.0 w x 17.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2001
Accession No: NGA 2001.43.A-B
  • Claudia Borella was born in Canberra and trained in glass at the Canberra School of Art. Her work is characterised by its precision and crisp geometrical form and decoration and has drawn critical attention since she first began exhibiting in Australia in 1993.

    This elongated open bowl form, made of kiln-formed, red, black, blue and cream laminated glass, reflects Borella’s industrial design background and the technical rigour developed while artist-in-residence at the American Bullseye Glass Company studio in Portland in 1998. Its finely-balanced linear form and striking use of kiln-formed and laminated opaque glass is authoritative and confident, with a scale that brings to it an architectural presence. These qualities are enhanced through Borella’s use of materials and colours, evoking the ebullience and visual drama of Italian design of the 1950s. Its interpretation in Australia symbolised post-war modernity and the influence of immigrant designers, and was expressed in the interior design of espresso bars, appliances and the colourful patterned laminates and plastics of kitchens and bathrooms of the period. These themes echo through Borella’s exuberant forms, linking us to a fondly-remembered period in Australian design, yet celebrating the fluidity and precision that has made glass such a quintessential material in current design.

    Robert Bell

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
    From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002