Imagine walking down a street its spring, and you see an almond tree in full blossom, the delicate white flowers having suddenly appeared, it is so gorgeous, but you know that come the first big rainfall the street will be carpeted in petals. The blossom is so fragile, so transient. Next it’s off to the studio to capture that moment in nature in the beautiful medium of kiln-formed glass. And so another design is born.
I draw my inspiration directly from what I see every day, giving every item I create a title, communicating the original inspiration and lovingly re-imagined in glass in varying dimensions, texture and colour.
Today the intense blue of the sea seen from a clifftop tomorrow puddles in an icy track in rural England. Sometimes I draw my passion from the built form – a steel tower in a modern urban city, or the chaotic beauty of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. From monochromatic black and whites through to riots of every colour in the spectrum, I live every day in the wonder of the world around me.
The relationship between the glass elements in every piece of art means no two pieces are exactly alike, much as no story is ever retold in exactly the same way. Just as every flower is unique, so is every piece of glass I create for you. You can truly say, no-one else in the world has one quite like it.
Ultimately, I am sharing love. The love of life. Feel it with me?
After beginning with a passion for watercolour painting, Jenie Yolland has been working with kiln-formed glass for over 20 years. With her own studio in Richmond, Melbourne, her art is exported all over the world and is exhibited widely. She is one of Australia’s leading kiln-formed glass artists and regularly runs classes to share her skills with others.