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Glaas Inc First Nations Artists
Glass Workshops Program
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Glaas Inc delivers a program of glass workshops for First Nations artists, in various glass techniques including leadlighting, kiln formed glass, copperfoiling, stained glass painting and sandblasting.
The next Program starts in August 2024 .

The workshops are delivered by established glass artists and teachers including graduates of Melbourne Polytechnic glass courses.  MP Graduate Rickie Gugumah Martin is the Mentor for the workshops.


There has been a lack of qualification courses in glass available, particularly in techniques such as leadlight and stained glass, for many years. The Certificate III and IV courses established at Melbourne Polytechnic at Prahran in 2020 – with the guidance and assistance of GLAAS Inc – are creating a new generation of glass artists and makers in Australia.  And while some wonderful First Nations artists have designed (and in some cases made) great works in glass, often these artworks are made by glass makers under direction from the artists.

GLAAS Inc is giving First Nations artists the opportunity to learn glass techniques in order to create glass works with the benefit of understanding the many ways in which the material can be utilised.  GLAAS Inc is excited to offer this opportunity for First Nations artists to use glass to express their creativity and bring their unique cultural influences to glass art works.

Participants are invited to register their interest and can attend any number of workshops that they wish to. For those wanting to progress their work in glass, free studio time will be available also. Glaas Inc organised an exhibition of work created in the workshops displayed at the Australian Centre for Glass Design in Prahran during NAIDOC Week in 2023; and will deliver a similar exhibition in NAIDOC Week in 2024.

There are currently spaces available in the program.

All enquiries please call or text Donna Kennedy 0407 002 834 or email


Rickie Martin

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Wiradjuri artist Rickie Martin 

(pictured here with leadlight teacher Andy Crewes) working on his leadlight piece pictured below.  

Rickie says of this piece - 


‘To acknowledge where I stand on this Continent (Naarm). Really thought my first project would be ideal to make Bungil the creator!’

Gunditjmara artist, Thelma Austin, 
creating in glass (below)
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Palawa artist Gayle Silveira
leadlighting (below)
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