Grant Donaldson

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Grant Donaldson – Glass Artist

Grant Donaldson – Artist Biography

After working on the land for 15 years Grant Donaldson started his career in glass in 1990, assisting his wife Eileen Gordon to establish the Gordon Studio Glassblowers. Essentially untrained, Grant’s progress as a glass artist has been remarkable. Encouraged by Eileen, a renowned glass blower, by 1994 Grant had already started working full time on his own unique range of glass art.

Today he is recognised as one of Australia’s most experimental and exciting new glass blowers.

“As a farmer I came to feel part of the Australian landscape – as a glass artist my work is a natural extension of that. I love the difficulties of working with glass, the dangers and thrill of exploration and experimentation – finding new and more challenging ways through the medium of glass blowing to express my feelings about the land “.

  • 1959 Born Melbourne, Australia
  • 1979-80 Certificate of Agriculture, Sunraysia College of TAFE.
  • 1981 Diploma of Farm Management Marcus Oldham Farm Management College.
  • 1982-88 Farm Manager on various properties in NSW, Vic. & Tasmania.
  • 1984 Worked on property, Northern Germany . Travelled through Europe.
  • 1988 Bought a Dairy Farm, Numurkah, Vic
  • 1990 Assisted partner, Eileen Gordon, to establish ‘Gordon Studio Glass blowers’, Numurkah, Vic.
  • 1994 Sold Farm & relocated ‘Gordon Studio Glass blowers’ to Rosebud, Vic. Full time Glass blowing, Developing own production line and exhibition glassware.
  • 2005 Eileen and Grant closed their Rosebud glassworks and opened a specially designed glass workshop/studio and gallery/viewing space at Red Hill in the beautiful hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. The studio is also used by other glass blowers and is now a tourist attraction, open 7 days a week.


1996    Sea in Glass, Peninsula Galleries, Sorrento, Vic

1997    The Gordon Family, Glass Artist Gallery, Glebe, NSW Group Show, Arica Gallery, Nedlands, WA

1998    Without Pier, Family Exhibit, Sandringham, Vic

1999    Azecra Kimono Dept. Store, Osaka, Japan

    Munich International Craft Fair, Germany

    Interior DesignEx Show, Melbourne, Vic

2000    Munich International Craft Fair, Germany

    Translucence, Johnstone Gallery Revisited, Brisbane, Qld

2001    Munich International Trade Fair, Munich, Germany

    Without Pier, Sandringham, Vic

    Ausglass Conference, Members Exhibition, Melbourne

    Commissioned for 16 Vases for the CHOGM Candidates

    SOFA – Chicago, USA

2002    Commissioned for 3 vases for Crown Casino, Melbourne.

    Munich International Craft Fair, Germany

    SOFA – Chicago, USA The Journey

    Eileen Gordon and Grant Donaldson, Skepsi on Swanston, Melbourne, Vic

2003    Ausglass Members Show

2005    Members Exhibition, GAS Conference, Adelaide

2006    Land Collaboration with painter Mike Green, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne

     The Gordon family, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne

    Outback and Beyond,Seaview Gallery, Queens cliff

2007    Glass is Oxygen, without Pier Gallery,Cheltenham

2008    Cool Climate Glass, Lindenderry at Red Hill

2008    Sculpture in a Drier Land, Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

2008    Artanica Garden Sculpture, Duniera, Mount Macedon

2008    Some like it Hot, Glass Plus Gallery, South Melbourne


2006 Hammond V, “LAND” exhibition catalogue