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Specialist glass designers and artisans, Greg and Wendy Flack, have been awarded work to be completed for the National Gallery of Australia

By Latrobe City Council - 23rd July 2001 - Back to News

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Specialist glass designers and artisans, Greg and Wendy Flack, have been awarded work to be completed for the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra as part of the Century of Federation celebrations. The work requires a range of mirrors and photo frames to be crafted to exact standards for sale in the gallery.

Latrobe City Economic Development Officer, Leo Billington, said that kiln formed glass had now become the forte for Wendy as the designer and Greg as the glass artisan, as they pushed their creativity further with architectural glass.

"When Greg and Wendy Flack both began working with glass over ten years ago, little did they know exactly where their combined artistic flair would eventually lead them," Mr Billington said.

"Solid glass bench tops, tiles, vanity basins, shower screens, wall dividers, door panels, crystal sculptures, mirrors and water garden features, all combine to form an interesting array of products designed and manufactured by the couple".

"Lately, Greg has been overwhelmed with enquiries and sales for his solid glass vanity basins, which are becoming a feature in more modern style designed homes in Gippsland, Melbourne and Sydney," Mr Billington said.

Mr Flack said that the kiln formed glass products are fused and textured using a slumping process. Colour can be added or some products are able to have colour backing applied.

"Images, text and logos can be engraved or embossed into many of the solid glass panels such as shower screens and wall panels thereby adding striking images to match any internal or external decor, whether it be for a house or office. Many of the pieces are made to suit custom designs," Mr Flack said.

Latrobe City Mayor, Cr Brendan Jenkins, said that businesses such as that owned and operated by Greg and Wendy were examples of an expanding the preparedness to be more innovative and flexible and to move into new product areas, paying dividends.

"In many cases, they are pioneering new horizons in their specialised craft, subsequently winning wide spread recognition for themselves and the region, Cr Jenkins said.

Further information is available from Latrobe City’s Economic Development Officer, Leo Billington, telephone 1300 367 700.


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