ABOUT CLAUDIA BORELLA

Internationally acclaimed kiln-formed glass artist.

Sculptural and wall artworks with subtleties of colour, opacity, pattern and textural form.

claudia borella murano portrait

Claudia Borella (b 1971) is an internationally acclaimed, kiln-formed glass artist with a reputation for creating both sculptural and wall artworks with a focus on the subtleties of colour, opacity, pattern and textural form.

Originally trained as an Industrial Designer, Claudia Borella completed her education across further institutions in the early 1990’s. These included the University of Canberra and European Institute of Design in Milan. She later specialised in Fine Arts at the internationally renowned Australian National University Glass Department.

Claudia graduated with First Class Honours from the Canberra School of Art in 1995 and, with a growing international reputation has garnered numerous accolades including the Kyhoei Fujita Award, Denmark 1997; Gold Medal and Bavarian State Prize at Talente, Munich 1998; and the David Thomas Award at the Dowse Museum in New Zealand in 2003.

Invited to teach glass full-time in New Zealand in 2001, Borella continues to base herself from a studio in the North Island of the country. Covid not-withstanding, her practice allows her to both travel around the world and host artists in New Zealand.

Beginning in 2007, Claudia Borella Glass Design became the distributor and Bullseye kiln-glass resource center preferred partner in New Zealand. This led to the introduction of MAP, a Master Artist Program providing access education under the guidance of international master artists using Bullseye Glass.

Since 2012, Borella has been recognised for her contribution to art and design and achievements in her field, firstly as a finalist in the University of Canberra Alumni Awards. Subsequently she was honoured with an Adjunct Professorial title through the same University in Australia’s capital.​

With support from Creative New Zealand, in 2020, Claudia Borella Glass Design  expanded to an eCommerce platform, incorporating the international brand into a new national online retail centre: Bullseye Glass New Zealand.

Intensive 5-10 day courses were developed to allow individuals to experience and explore various techniques using Bullseye Glass from her studio and around New Zealand. Claudia also offers courses at private studios by special appointment.

With a long standing career working in kiln-formed Bullseye Glass, her works are represented in many international collections including the Australian National Gallery, Australia; Toyama Institute of Glass Art, Japan; the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey; as well as many private collections including that of Sir Elton John.

Claudia’s artworks are held by several international dealer galleries and private commissions are also invited.

For more information on commissions and artwork get in touch with Claudia through her contact page.

Biography

1971
Born Canberra

1993
Bachelor of Industrial Design, University of Canberra Study at European Institute of Design, Milan, Italy

1994
Technical Assistant to Yumiko Noda, visiting Japanese glass artist

1995
Bachelor of Fine Arts (1st Class Honours) in Glass, Canberra School of Art, ANU

1996-98
Technical Assistant, Art handling & installation, Canberra School of Art Gallery Technical Assistant, Glass Workshop, Canberra School of Art

1998
Residency, Bullseye Glass Resource Centre, Portland, Oregon, USA

1999
Exhibition Project Manager, Ausglass Conference 99, Wagga Regional Gallery, NSW Exhibition Consultant, Chihuly: Masterworks in Glass, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

2000
Guest instructor and speaker, Wanganui Polytechnic Summer School Workshop and Conference, New Zealand

2001
Lecturer, Glass Workshop, Wanganui Polytechnic, New Zealand

2003
Curator, Form and Surface – Emerging Australian Glass, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2002-4
Secretary of New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass

2006
Guest instructor, Canberra Institute of the Arts, ANU, Canberra Guest instructor, Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Toyama, Japan

2007
Director, Claudia Borella Glass Design Ltd.

2010
Guest Instructor, Creative Glass, Zurich, Switzerland and Kent, United Kingdom Guest Instructor, Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey

2011
President of the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass

claudia borella ornament exhibition

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2010
A New Zealand Perspective – Claudia Borella, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, New Zealand

2008
Land of the Long White Cloud, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

2006
A Passage from New Zealand, Bullseye Connection Gallery, Portland, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011
SOFA WEST, Santa Fe, USA (Bullseye Gallery)
The Royal Queenstown Easter Show, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, New Zealand
Wanganui Open Artist Studio, Claudia Borella Glass Design Studio, Whanganui, New Zealand
Wanganui Glass – A Working Process, Quay Gallery, Wanganui, New Zealand

2010
Art of Gift – Gift of Art, Koru Contemporary Art, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Wanganui Glass – A Working Process, Quay Gallery, Wanganui, New Zealand
Parliament Exhibition, Wanganui Artist in Residence, Bowen House, Wellington, New Zealand
Solstice, Avid Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Koru Spring Show, Koru HK Contemporary Art, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Northern Exposure: Glass and Ceramics, Arthouse, Christchurch, New Zealand
Summer Show, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, New Zealand

2009
Looking Glass, Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture, Porirua City, New Zealand
Glass 09, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, New Zealand Arts Singapore 2009 (Koru HK Contemporary Art Gallery)
Glass Artists via New York, Compendium Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand SOFA 09, New York, USA (Compendium Gallery)
Masterworks 09, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, New Zealand
Wellington to New York, Avid Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Australian Contemporary Art 2009, The Rotunda, Hong Kong

2008
Arts Singapore 2008 (Koru HK Contemporary Art Gallery)
Succession, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, USA
Singular Forms, Prism Contemporary Glass, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Masterworks, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, New Zealand
Art Singapour, Koru Contempory Art, Hong Kong
Glass 08, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, New Zealand
Miniatures, Workshop Bilk, Queanbeyan, NSW

2007
Masters of Glass, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney Collect, V & A Museum, London, UK (Bullseye Gallery)
Changing Views, Koru Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
Third Anniversary Invitational, Prism Contemporary Glass, Chicago, Illinois, USA
GLASSWeekend ‘07 at Wheaton Arts, Millville, USA
SOFA 07, Chicago, USA
Select, Form Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand

2006
Arts Singapore 2006 (Koru HK Contemporary Art Gallery)
Masterworks, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, New Zealand
Art and About, Hing Wai Centre, Hong Kong (Koru HK Contemporary Art Gallery)
Collect, V&A Museum, London, UK (Bullseye Gallery)
Group Glass, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2005
20/20: Twenty Artists/Twenty Years, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, USA
New Zealand Glass Invitational Travelling Exhibition, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand
Auckland Museum, Canterbury Museum, Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, Porirua City, New Zealand
Canberra Glass 2005, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

2004
Quartet, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne
On the Edge – Glass from the Pacific Rim, Chappell Gallery, New York, USA
New Zealand Glass in Taipei, Page One, Koru Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
A Creative Life, Dowse Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
New Works by Gallery Artists, Bullseye Glass Connection, Portland, USA

2002
Crossroads: Australian/New Zealand, Chappell Galleries, Boston, USA
Red, Black, White, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
SOFA 02, Boston, USA (Chappell Galleries)
Dialogue – Stephen Procter & Friends, Quadrivium, Sydney
Facets of Australian Glass, Leo Kaplan Modern, New York, USA
Cross Currents Members Exhibition, Society of Glass Artists, Wanganui, New Zealand

2001
Transparent Things, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Geelong City Art Gallery, Vic, Geralton Regional Art Gallery, WA and Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, WA
Glass Lovers Tour, Beaver Galleries, ACT
Transitions, Pataka Blue Pacific Gallery, Poriura City, New Zealand
Glass Art in Australia, Quadrivium, Sydney
On Line, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, USA
Lust”, Quadrivium, Sydney
Australian Glass – The Cutting Edge, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne

2000
Giles Bettison, Jessica Loughlin and Claudia Borella, Sanske Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
At the Edge, Australian Glass Art, Brisbane City Gallery; Object Gallery, Sydney; Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany
Fusion : Contemporary Glass, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne
Strength to Strength, Craft ACT, Canberra
Domestic Design, Craft ACT, Canberra
Australian Glass 2000, Masterworks Gallery, New Zealand
Canberra Glass 2000, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

1999
Ausglass Members Show, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (National Art Glass Collection), NSW
Vitreous II, Craft Queensland Gallery, Brisbane
Glass Art Society International Expo 2, Tampa, USA SOFA 99, The Bullseye Connection, New York, USA
Giles Bettison, Claudia Borella and Jessica Loughlin, Sanske Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
1999 RFC Glass Prize, touring exhibition, Sydney; Perth; Brisbane; Canberra; Wagga Wagga, NSW
Canberra Glass 1999, Beaver Galleries, Canberra SOFA 99, Chicago, USA (Bullseye Gallery)
Australians in Glass, Noufoux, Switzerland

1998
SOFA 98, Chicago, USA (Bullseye Gallery)
Talente 98, Munich, Germany
E-Merge, touring exhibition: South Australia; Perth; Canberra
International Young Artists in Glass, Bullseye Resource Centre, Portland, USA
6th Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne (Beaver Galleries)

1997
Canberra Glass, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
Young Glass ‘97, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Glass in Canberra, Link Gallery, Canberra Theatre Centre Gallery L, Hamburg, Germany (with Lienors Allen)

1996
Variety, Glass Artists Gallery, Sydney
Venezia Aperto Vetro, Museo Vetrario, Murano, Italy
Objects of Desire, Sydney RFC Glass Prize Touring Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Glass Artists’ Gallery, Sydney; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Craft Victoria, Melbourne
Canberra Glass, Australian Embassy, Washington DC; SOFA Exposition, Chicago, USA (Beaver Galleries)
TAT2, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra

1995
Handle like Eggs, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
Finish, Graduate Exhibition, Canberra School of Art Gallery Ausglass Student Exhibition, Adelaide
Ideas to Function, Goulburn Regional Gallery, NSW

1994
Compatibles, David Jones, Sydney and Canberra Australian Craft Show, Canberra

Corning museum of art

Awards / Commissions

2007
Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Canberra

2005 
Finalist, City of Whyalla Art Prize, SA

2003
Recipient of David Thomas Award, The Dowse Museum, Wellington, New Zealand

2000
Finalist, RFC Glass Prize, Sydney 1999 Finalist, RFC Glass Prize, Sydney Equipment Grant, Arts ACT, Canberra

1998 
Bavarian State Prize, Gold Medal, Talente 98, Munich, Germany

1997 
Australia Council Project Grant Kyohei Fujila Prize, Young Glass ’97, Ebeltoft, Denmark

1996
Finalist, RFC Glass Prize, Sydney 1995 Commission, M & L Hair Design – light fittings and vase Australian National University Institute of the Arts Acquisition Award Commission, Gift for Chancellor, University of Canberra

1994
Commission, Gift for Deputy Vice Chancellor, Australian National University

1992
Fondi Travelling Scholarship

Publications

2009
Wanganui Uncovered, Urbis Design, Wellington, New Zealand

2008
‘Tiger’s spring’ missing in works, Meredith Hinchliffe, Canberra Times, 18 September

2005
Australian Glass Today, Margot Osborne, Wakefield Press, Adelaide
Good intentions make for good inventions, LINO Magazine, No.12, New Zealand

2004
Art By Any Other Name, Taipei Times, Feb. 22

2003
Fused Together: Education and Industry, Canberra School of Art Glass Workshop and the Bullseye Connection, Jo Litson, Object Magazine
The Graphic Glass of Claudia Borella, Josie McNaught, Object Magazine, Issue # 43

2002
National Gallery of Australia Art Collection, Anna Gray, National Gallery of Australia

2001
Artists in Glass: Late 20th Century Masters in Glass, Dan Klein, Mitchell Beazley and the Octopus Publishing Group

2000
At the Edge: Australian Glass Art, Where Magazine, 5 April
Local work to be proud of, Meredith Hinchliffe, Panorama, Canberra Times, 22 April
The Class of Glass, Jeff Shaw, The Courier-Mail, 22 April
Reflections of Class in Glass, Louise Martin-Crew, The Australian, 12 May
Gorgeous Glass, Fran Kenneley, Canberra Sunday Times, 21 May
Neues Glas Review 21, Corning Museum of Glass, No 2/2000

1999
Blown Away: A New Generation of Glass Artists, Janet Miller, National Library of Australia News, November Issue
Glass: A Language of its Own, The Canberra Review, 25 September The Canberra Times, 28 September
Glass Artists Celebrated, The Canberra Times, 5 October

1998
The Canberra Times, 4 April
Eloquent Craftwerk, The West Australian, 8 July
International Young Artists in Glass 1998, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, USA
Venezia Aperto Vetro 1998, Dorigato & Klein, Editrice, Italy

1997
Masters of their Craft, Norris Ioannou, Craftsman House
The Canberra Times, 13 January Craft Arts International, issue 39
Crafts UK, issue 145, March/April

1996
Venezia Aperto Vetro
Objects of Desire: Functional Art, Sculpture and Painting, Sydney City Galleries
Canberra Glass (catalogue), Beaver Galleries
TAT2 (catalogue), Canberra School of Art Gallery

1995
Young Canberra talent inspiring, The Canberra Times, 9 December

1994
Connections, October issue

1993
The Canberra Times, 27 March

1990
Design Ink, Edition 2

“There is no doubt that Borella creates a compelling tension between the boundaries she sets up between design and craft, but more importantly the work shows a deeper understanding of these principals and ultimately defines new ground where she articulates her own territory as a maker.”

Richard Whiteley
Head of the Glass Workshop, School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

News

Bullseye Glass NZ New Website

Borella has been working with Bullseye glass now for over a decade. This exhibition represents the return to her full time glass practice last year after migrating to New Zealand and several years of practice as a glass educator.

Changing Views Joint Exhibition

A sense of internationalism is a characteristic which both of these artists bring to their New Zealand contemporaries. While their work made since moving to New Zealand engages with their new environment, each artist approaches their new context with a degree of objectivity.

A Passage From New Zealand

Borella has been working with Bullseye glass now for over a decade. This exhibition represents the return to her full time glass practice last year after migrating to New Zealand and several years of practice as a glass educator.

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