We work within the traditions of the Decorative Arts and are concerned with issues of craftsmanship and skill. We make the objects we like to see in the world and are building a body of work that we hope will be coherent as it evolves over time. We work with glass for many reasons. For Ben it is a strong attraction to the process of working in the Venetian style of glassblowing. For me I am inspired to work with glass by what is possible in terms of carving and decorating the forms and working with the light to generate a breathtaking effect. For us glass is a medium for colour and light as well as an opportunity to explore design and we look for ways to use these uplifting elements in ways that are original.
Benjamin Edols was born in 1967 in Sydney Australia, Kathy Elliott was born in 1964 also in Sydney. Benjamin completed undergraduate study at Sydney College of the Arts and went on to receive a post graduate diploma from Canberra School of Art. Kathy finished her BA at Canberra School of Art in 1991 where she met Ben. The first exhibition of their collaborative work was in 1993 at deVera in San Francisco. Since that time they have developed a body of work of blown and cold worked glass vessels and forms. They have taught in Australia, America and Japan, their work has been exhibited widely and is held in many public museums and private collections around the world. Ben is a skilled glassblower and he has worked with Dante Marioni and Lino Tagliapietra over the years. Kathy has specialised in cold working techniques such as carving and engraving .
In 2000 they built their own glass blowing and cold working studio in Sydney where they continue to work each day with the assistance of Jack Rowe and Mariella McKinley.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2010 Shelter, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
Benjamin Edols Kathy Elliott, Flame Run Gallery , Louisville KY
2009 Light Marks, William Traver Gallery, Seattle
Studio Glass, Beaver Galleries, Canberra, Act
2008 Benjamin Edols Kathy Elliott, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland
2007 Evolve, Sabbia Gallery, Sydney
Benjamin Edols Kathy Elliott, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma
Edols & Elliott, Kirra Gallery, Melbourne VIC.
William Traver Gallery , Seattle, WA, USA
2006 Ben Edols & Kathy Elliott, Beaver Gallery, Canberra
2005 Autumn, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
2004 Recent Work, deVera, New York, NY, USA
2003 Cultivate II, Quadrivium, Sydney, NSW
2002 Cultivate, William Traver Gallery, Seattle WA. USA
2001 Blaze, Quadrivium, Sydney
Botanicals, de Vera, San Francisco, USA
Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott New Glass, Distelfink at Nellie Castan, Melbourne
2000 Light Erosion, Barry Friedman Ltd, New York, NY, USA
Dissolve, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
Flux, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR, USA
1999 Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott Studio Glass, Beaver Galleries, ACT
Glass Lovers Weekend, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA 1998 Benjamin
Edols and Kathy Elliott Recent Work, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott Glass, Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
Skin II, de Vera, San Francisco, CA, USA
1997 Skin, Glass Artists Gallery Glebe, NSW
Recent Work, Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany.
1996 Kathy Elliott and Benjamin Edols Carved Glass, de Vera, San Francisco, CA, USA
Light Marks, Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne VIC
1993 Benjamin Edols and Kathy Elliott, de Vera Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
2010 Winter, Sabbia Gallery, NSW
Light in Winter, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne
2009 Maestros, Sabbia Gallery, NSW
In Paradise, Manly Museum and Art Gallery, Manly
Furnace, Contemporary Australian Art Glass, Tasmanian Craft Fair, Tasmania
Vision Realized, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh
Looking Forward, William Traver Gallery , Seattle
2008 In Essence – The Legacy of Stephen Procter, Sabbia Gallery, NSW
Gesture and Cadence, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh
Surface Exploration, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne
2007 Smartworks, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Mastery in Contemporary Glass, Gaffer Studio Glass and Starcap Galleries,Singapore