Emma Lashmar is a Perth based visual artist, glassblower, and community arts worker.
Emma Lashmar first fell in love with hot glass at Margaret River’s Melting Pot Studio where she “helped out” while seeking to hone some sculptural finesse in her second year of Visual Art at Curtin University. Inspired by the mesmerising medium, Emma transferred her studies to Fine Arts (Glass) at Monash University, Melbourne, where she graduated with Honours in 2009.
Emma’s practice evolved to create vast site-specific installation works. These large scale projects incorporated a multitude of blown glass forms into tensioned, suspended fields or swarms of connected elements, often with an integrated mechanical or digital system playing with sensory subjectivities to light, sound and vibration.
The artist exhibited widely in solo and group shows in public and commercial galleries and artist-run spaces in Melbourne and Sydney in the following years, and had work purchased for notable private collections in Victoria and New South Wales. Emma travelled overseas with the assistance of a Freedman Foundation Scholarship in 2012 to undertake extensive research, studio residencies and exhibition opportunities in Buenos Aires and Berlin, and develop her technical glass skill in a masterclass at NorthLands Creative, Scotland.
Past commissions include bespoke lighting and tableware designs for iconic Australian restaurants Vue de Monde, Penfolds Magill Estate, Gertrude Enoteca and Tedesca Osteria.
In recent years Emma has returned to practice in her hometown of Perth, and has since engaged in studio residencies at PICA, Vancouver Arts Centre and Paper Mountain. Following a 2016 residency stint at ArtsHouse (a project space hosted by Cyril Jackson Senior Campus in Bassendean and supported by Artsource and the Town of Bassendean) Emma commenced a support role in administration, interdepartmental liaising, web development, marketing and events for the organisation, which she held intermittently until COVID in 2020. https://www.artsource.net.au/Magazine/Articles/Reinvigorating-the-residency-model
Emma currently works from her home studio in Bassendean, and out of the hot glass facility at Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley, crafting one-off wares. These can be found online @ https://store.emmalashmar.com/ and IRL at Mundaring Arts Centre & local stockists.
To keep in the loop of upcoming events and release dates, find her on Instagram or Facebook.
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