Elizabeth McClure is a Scottish / New Zealand Artist. Since the completion of her formal studies in glass at the Edinburgh College of Art in 1980, Elizabeth has lived, worked, and taught in Scotland, England, Eire, the USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Iceland ; she has exhibited world wide in solo and group exhibitions.
Elizabeth has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards and is recognized for her considerable contribution as a teacher, most significantly for her role in the development of the Glass programme at the renowned Canberra School of Art in Australia and previously as one of the first foreign teachers of Glass in Japan, where she lived for 3 years in the late 1980's.
She has also played an active role in the promotion of the Glass movement and Glass activities through her involvement with numerous glass organizations and held the Presidents position of Ausglass (1991-1993), convening the first International conference in Canberra.
As well as an ongoing exhibition schedule, recent projects include her selection as one of two artists commissioned to deisign new work (architectural panels) for the Deutsche Bank's New Zealand Headquarters in Auckland, NZ.
Speaking of her most recent works Elizabeth says:
"In these vessels, I am revisiting a series of forms - each distinguished by a particular engraved pattern. They address my continuing fascination with the notion of "mark making as identification".
I am intrigued by the idea that this is and has been one of the most definitive ways of differentiating one person's "work" from another's, an extension perhaps of the way people have in fact marked themselves, for whatever reason or purpose, throughout time - body painting, tattooing, scarification.
With great consideration, I make marks on vessels I have made, in my own way. The working of the surfaces is at times precise, defined, sometimes spontaneous, random. I am drawing in a sense, upon and into the surface and in doing so, revealing another layer or aspect of the character of the piece. Each piece is absolutely unique.
In order to "mark" upon their surfaces, I use a range of processes and tools, at times painting and enamelling, engraving and cutting using stone and diamond wheels, sandblasting, hand and machine grinding, polishing and finishing."