Region:East of England

Technique:Cold work, Hot glass, Kiln work


Discipline:Decorative, Fine art, Sculptural

Areas of Interest:Exhibition, Networking, Techniques

Product:Commission, Fine Art, Installations, Jewellery, Sculptural, Table ware, Wall pieces

Country:United Kingdom


Marian Monas

I completed my Fine Art degree at the University of East London in 2016, after retiring from 30 years’ practice as an acupuncturist and meditation teacher, and various other ways of making a living. While focussing on painting portraits during my studies, I also kept being drawn to the landscapes of my childhood in Tasmania, a wild, remote, beautiful, luminous, dangerous place... Currently I am exploring how to kiln-fuse landscape and portraits into glass with high fire enamel paints and powdered and cut glass. I use photos of the Tasmanian landscape, of people, and imaginary images for inspiration.

KILN FUSED GLASS: Landscapes, Jewellery, Objects
Fused glass, with its ephemeral, magical, alchemical properties seems the perfect medium to reflect the space and beauty of the environment and the body.
Glass is a mysterious substance though – it feels solid but is breakable; it’s fragile but can do damage; it protects but also reveals; it can be coloured and transformed but maintains its integrity.

PORTRAITS: Paintings, Memorial and Celebratory Images
My degree show focussed on painted portraits of older people on canvas, as well as experimenting with transferring and fusing copies of these images onto glass to produce memorial and celebratory objects.
This led me to a more explicitly personal exploration of the changes my mother and I have experienced over the years, as a visual story in a series of Mother Daughter lightboxes. These map universal themes of aging, leaving home, memories…

I now live in Cambridge UK, enjoying life as a visual artist, reflecting on life’s surprises, playing the violin, learning the mandolin and ambling in the countryside with friends.

Tasmania Oyster Bay 1

Tasmania Oyster Bay 3

Almost Tartan

Tasmanian Chameleon in kiln

Almost Winter (side view)

Tasmania Oyster Bay 2

Tasmania Oyster Bay Closeup

Tasmanian Chameleon

Almost Winter