Tell us about yourself.
My name is Clare Peters and I am an Australian glass artist. For as long as I can remember I have been a maker. From building my dogs kennel as a child, to making our own mudbricks to build our home – I have always had the need to make. From that need arose a love of creating/making something beautiful that others, too, can share in and to be an expression of myself. In 2003 I opened a working and teaching studio in Fountaindale NSW. I completed my Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia in 2015.
What draws you to the material you work with?
I love the translucency of glass and the way it acts as a conduit for light. I perceive this light as part of the work itself, and enjoy how it activates space. My work explores using this light through multiple layered fused glass, to explore the expression of my themes.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I come from a background in nursing which brought with it an understanding of the value of hope. Through the use of text, light and glass, I aim to create works that allow the beauty and hope in life to be revealed, and to give physical expression to the realm of faith. I often use text selected from Biblical writings such as the Psalms or Proverbs, deconstruct the passage, and reapply it to the glass in layers. The layers are then recombined and fused into a sculptural form, suspending the words in space- creating a place for inspiration, revelation and hope.
If you weren’t working in this field, what career would you choose?
I would pursue prevention of disease through lifestyle choices and nutrition. I see so much preventable disease as a result of poor health choices due to a lack of knowledge or guidance, and the negative influence of marketing. Otherwise I would love to train guide dogs.
What is something about you that most people don’t know?
I am a trained midwife and cardiac specialist nurse.