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.


Born Canberra

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

Technical Assistant to Yumiko Noda, visiting Japanese glass artist

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

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

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

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

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

Lecturer, Glass Workshop, Wanganui Polytechnic, New Zealand

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

Secretary of New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass

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

Director, Claudia Borella Glass Design Ltd.

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

President of the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass

claudia borella ornament exhibition


Solo Exhibitions

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

Land of the Long White Cloud, Beaver Galleries, Canberra

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

Corning museum of art

Awards / Commissions

Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Canberra

Finalist, City of Whyalla Art Prize, SA

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

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

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

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

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

Commission, Gift for Deputy Vice Chancellor, Australian National University

Fondi Travelling Scholarship


Wanganui Uncovered, Urbis Design, Wellington, New Zealand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Young Canberra talent inspiring, The Canberra Times, 9 December

Connections, October issue

The Canberra Times, 27 March

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


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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