Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Canberra Times Kids’ Glass Design Competition

At the end of last year the kids entered a colouring competition when we were at the local markets. The prize was to have your artwork brought to life as a glass sculpture. There were loads of kids doing drawings and it was a way of us to pass few minutes rather than having aspirations on the prize. The theme was “Funny Faces” and Audrey produced a colourful drawing which she named the “Seven Nosed Rainbow Nincompoop”

Earlier this week a lady from the Canberra Glassworks rang me to let me know that Audrey had won first prize in her age category (3-8). I was so pleased (and proud). The lady swore me to secrecy although it was tricky biting my lip when I really wanted to tell Audrey she had won.

A group of us, including Amy’s Dad, Ivor headed out to Canberra Glassworks a few days later. Ivor has been kindly looking after the kids during the school holidays.

There were a few formalities and the event was presided over by Andrew  Barr, the recently appointed ACT Chief Minister. I introduced him to the kids as the “Boss of Canberra” – a title which made him laugh. He was a friendly guy.

Audrey’s presentation was at the end (which served to build the suspense) and it was so nice to see her face when her name was read out as the prize winner. The artist (Lisa Cahill) who made Audrey’s picture in glass was there and she was a really lovely lady (She has her own studio in Piallago).

The artwork had taken a whole day to make and then three days in the kiln, it really was a beautiful piece of art. It’s now going to be on display at the Glassworks for a few weeks and then Audrey gets to keep it. It’s really a lovely prize.

Audrey with Chief Minister Andrew Barr
Audrey with artist Lisa Cahill (photo by Daniel Spellman)
Another one of Audrey and Lisa
Canberra Glassworks preparing for the event

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