Nikki Main Glass

For two decades Nikki lived and managed a rural lease on the Murrumbidgee River with her partner. Early in her journey with glass making Nikki was at her local land care group meeting where the group was talking about the 'road ahead' following the drought and the bushfire of 2003 that ravaged their land. The need for ground cover was the resounding priority for the group. What was needed was water to nourish the earth, and provide plant growth for the fragile soil. Nikki became interested in the journey of water in the land and its integral role in nourishing the soil for plant growth, as the major source of inspiration for her work in glass. More recently Nikki has focussed on the broader topic of the fragility of the earth and the need for humans to understand the significance of the web of connections between living and non-living components of the environment.

Glass is a beautiful but unusual medium to depict soil fertility, but its multiple qualities of translucence, transparency and opacity with all the textures that can be achieved from cold working the skin of the form makes it a surprisingly flexible medium. Nikki has explored a range of techniques to achieve the effects eg hand surfaces, heavy wheel cutting and layering glass powders on the external surface of the form. Glass can mimic clay and can shimmer like water. Nikki uses a muted palette of browns, greens and blues to depict the soil and sediment of rivers and more recently the escarpment and sea of the NSW town of Thirroul where she lives.

Nikki Graduated from ANU in 2008 with a first class honours from the ANU School of Art Glass Workshop. Since graduating she has exhibited widely in several states in Australia. In 2010 Nikki was the overall winner of the South Australia Museum's Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. She has a studio in Woonona and works out of the Canberra Glassworks.