Su Bishop is a glass artist and jewellery maker who developed her craft while living in Exmouth in the remote north west of Australia. Su took up glass after a career in textiles. Self-taught, she developed her own style and techniques; her work has vitality, originality and freshness.
Su’s jewellery is both classical and modern, and is characterised by individual flair, classic lines, and uncompromising quality. She uses coloured opaque and transparent glasses, silvered glasses, glasses with metallic lustres, glasses of extraordinary clarity, and various reactive glasses. She applies shards, murrini, stringers and metal foil for complexity and texture. Su’s glass plays with light, colour and form. Light bends and reflects off the natural variations in her free form blown hollow beads adding vibrancy and liveliness.
Su’s work was heavily influenced by the colours and forms of the world famous and quite remarkable Ningaloo Reef and of the North West Cape, where the Australian desert meets the Indian Ocean. The marine blues, sage greens and desert reds feature in many of her pieces.
Su is now living close to the coast in the Clarence Valley of northern NSW. She continues to explore glass to make gorgeous jewellery and quirky sculptures. Her use of bold colours, asymmetry, repetition and texture makes her work individual, recognisable and collectable.
Her work is sought after in Australia and overseas. In 2016, Kirra Gallery took her work to the Chicago SOFA exhibition, where several pieces were acquired by USA collectors. Her work is exhibited in galleries in Melbourne and the Clarence Valley.