Kirsten Laken has been working with glass since 1983 at the age of 14.
Starting as a helping hand to a friend and provoquer to all future steps in life regarding glass
Training in the glass industry through apprentice and workforce industry experience.
Art and Design Outer Eastern College of Tafe 1987
Art and Design Philip Institute 1988-91
Trade Certificate in Glass & Glazing, Leadlight and Stained Glass Holmesglen Tafe 2003 - 2005
Victoria University -TEA Teaching Certificate 2019
Having studied glass in all its facets Kirsten enjoys mixing traditional and contemporary to create her award winning artworks.
Living within the forest of the Dandenong Ranges brings Kirsten peace and grounding. Enthused by nature in its lush form and the plethora of wildlife outside her large studio windows.
Kirsten is the owner and proprietor of “Spirit of Glass” since 2004
Creating Architectural works/commissions, teaching from her studio and exhibiting her artworks
Inspired by artists and entrepreneurs, by those that choose to push boundaries, are different and work hard to create the future they envision.
Kirsten is compelled to push the medium of glass to new levels. To teach, inspire and ignite the love of glass in her students and viewers
I am an ever changing being and my art follows my changes, philosophies, passions, emotions and views, as I explore these I am compelled to create them as glassworks. I question and probe the so called boundaries of myself and my artworks.
Glass is transformational. Light travels through it, reflects off its surface. It can be painted, etched, cut/broken, shaped/stretched, joined and added to. It’s true boundaries are minimal and it’s variants almost unlimited
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