Victorian Craft Awards

Blanche Tilden — 'Through the Lens 04 necklace', 2021

Through the Lens 04 reflects on the material culture of this time through the examination of glass - a fundamental material essential to everyday life.
This neckpiece acts as a lens through which aesthetic, cultural and sentimental values are articulated, as well as the personal meaning of jewellery.


Blanche Tilden has maintained a vibrant practice for over 25 years, forging an international reputation in the fields of contemporary jewellery and studio glass. In distinctive combinations of glass and metal, her unique visual and material vocabulary communicates ideas of value and creates meaning. She is represented by Gallery Funaki, Melbourne. 


Established by Craft Victoria in 2015, the Victorian Craft Awards is a biennial event presenting and celebrating excellence in contemporary craft practice. The Awards showcase exceptional works utilising craft skills, processes and materials and include emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople from across Victoria.  

The Finalists.

Adam Markowitz & Oliver Tanner, Alexsandra Pontonio, Amanda Ho, Ana Petidis, Anke Kindle, Anna Davern, Anton Gerner, Australian Tapestry Workshop & Troy Emery, Beverley Meldrum, Blanche Tilden, Cara Johnson, Cassie Leatham, Christopher Plumridge, Damien Wright & Bonhula Yunupingu, Danielle Thiris, Darren Healey, Ema Shin, Grace Brown, Holly Grace. Iluka Sax-Williams, James Lemon, Jane Sawyer, Jenna Lee, Jennifer Conroy-Smith, Jessie French, Jin Ah Jo, Jo Hawley, Juanita Mulholland, Katherine Hubble, Katrina Tyler, Kirby Bourke (Two Lines Studio), Kirsten Haydon, Kristin Burgham, Lee Darroch, Lindy McSwan, Lisa Waup, Liv Boyle, Louise Meuwissen & Ebony Russell, Marcos Guzman, Mechelle Shooter, Michaela Pegum, Michelle Stewart, Narelle White, Nicole Polentas, Prue Venables, Roseanne Bartley, Samuel Burns, Sara Lindsay, Shimara Carlow, Sophia Cai, Thomas Lentini, Timothy Gresham, Timothy White, Troy Emery & Daniel Poole, Vicki Mason, Yi Jen Chu, Zhu Ohmu. 


Materials: Salvaged glass camera lens components, flameworked borosilicate glass, anodised titanium, oxidised 925 silver, rare earth magnets

Dimensions: 18.5cm diameter

Photography: Andrew Curtis

Read more about the Victoria Craft Awards and this years judging panel here

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