Su Bishop is a glass artist and jewellery maker who developed her craft while living in Exmouth in the remote north west of Australia.
Su took up glass after a career in textiles. Self-taught, she developed her own style and methods of working; her work has vitality, originality and freshness.
Su’s jewellery is both classical and modern, and is characterised by individual flair, classic lines, and uncompromising quality.
She uses an array of coloured opaque and transparent glasses, silvered glasses, glasses with metallic lustres, glasses of extraordinary clarity, and various reactive glasses to wonderful effect. She applies shards, murrini, stringers and metal foil to add complexity and texture. Su’s glass plays with light, colour and form.
Su’s work was heavily influenced by the colours and forms of the world famous and quite remarkable Ningaloo Reef and of the North West Cape, where the Australian desert meets the Indian Ocean. The marine blues, sage greens and desert reds feature in many of her pieces. Su is now living close to the coast in the Clarence Valley of northern NSW.
She continues to explore flame worked glass to make gorgeous wearable jewellery and quirky sculptures. Her free form blown hollow beads allows light to bend and reflect off the natural variations, giving added vibrancy and liveliness. Her use of bold rich colours, asymmetry, repetition and texture makes her work individual, recognisable and collectable.
Her work is sought after in Australia and internationally.
In 2016, Kirra Gallery took her work to the Chicago SOFA exhibition, where several pieces were acquired by USA collectors. Her work is exhibited in galleries in Melbourne and the Clarence Valley.
2018 ‘Festival of Glass’, Drysdale, Victoria.
2017 ‘Dancing with the Flame’ – National Glass Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, NSW
2017 ‘Flame On’ – Kirra Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2017 ‘’Clarence River Women of Art’ – Yamba Museum, Yamba, NSW
2016 ‘Flame On’ – Kirra Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2015 ‘Flame On’ – Kirra Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2013 ‘A Jewellery A-Fair’ – Old Bakery on Eight St Gallery, Perth
2010 ‘A Touch of Glass’ – Old Bakery on Eight St, Perth
Publications The Flow: Spring 2018 – Nature Edition Winter
2019 – 15th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass Winter 2018 – 14th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass Winter 2017 – 13th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass Winter 2016 – 12th Annual Gallery of Women in Glass Soda Lime Times, frequent contributor Beads Etc, May
2008 – feature article and front cover photograph