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The fine art of glassmaking with Barbara Jane Cowie

Barbara Jane Cowie, Creative Director of Art Glass Solutions, takes glass art to the next level through experimentation and innovation.

Text by Yvonne Xu
Photography by Justin Loh (unless otherwise stated)

Barbara Jane Cowie has been working with glass for over thirty years. For her, glass is material, substance and matter in every sense of the word. She shares, “My practice is not so much on high technique or skill, but is really based on concept development and experiments with the material.” The all-embracing interest in the material means Barbara Jane wears many hats – as artist, designer, educator and glassmaking consultant.

glassmaking Barbara Jane Cowie

Barbara Jane moved to Singapore in 2003 after completing a Masters Degree of Visual Arts at University of South Australia and has lived and worked in Singapore since. She has been commissioned to install a number of public artworks here, as well as for commercial buildings and condominium developments. She shares of the spatial projects, “When someone asks me to do an installation I actually look at the space and design for it, and make something that fits the space.”

glassmaking Barbara Jane Cowie

She believes that an art piece designed for spaces should enhance the flow of chi. She explains, “That is what most people will remember; they will just have a feeling about it, they won’t necessarily remember the artwork,” referring to projects for semi-private lobby spaces. She adds, “When people want to have something for their home, I’d recommend that they come in for a lesson. Then they can make it for themselves, and there is something more imbued in an object – they can make pieces that are very personal.”

glassmaking B Jane Cowie
Photo courtesy of Glass Art Solutions

Barbara Jane conducts glassmaking workshops and classes, and shares that these are equally popular with couples who come on dates, as well as with schools and companies interested in team-building activities. She is also available for commissions for your home.

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Photo courtesy of Fine Art Solutions

glassmaking B Jane Cowie
Photo courtesy of Fine Art Solutions



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