Born in Norway to Scottish parents who are both skilled glass artists and engravers, Eileen completed her training in England, then emigrated to Australia in 1980. After many years developing her skills and working in glass studios around Australia and overseas, Eileen Gordon established the Gordon Studio with her partner Grant Donaldson in 1990 and has gone on to become one of Australia’s foremost glass blowers. Eileen’s elegant vessels are a radiant record of the colour and light she finds in the Australian landscape. My passion for colour and form as a fused glass artist is greatly inspired by the environment of the Mornington Peninsula
– the surrounding ocean, its sunrises and fabulous sunsets. ”
1979-80 Completed intensive course in glass blowing & decorating, Brierley Hill Glass Center, West Midlands, U.K.
1980-81 Emigrated to Australia. Joined the Bannister Street Workshops in Perth, W A. working with Lead lighting, sandblasting and cutting.
1982-84 Jam Factory Workshops Inc., Adelaide, S.A 3 year traineeship in all aspects of glass making.
1985-87 Helped James Dodson establish the ‘Tasmanian Glass blowers’ workshop in Evandale, Tasmania.
1987-88 Studied glass technology and visited glass studios & factories in UK. Attended ‘British Artists in Glass’ Conference in Edinburgh.
Spent 2 months with ‘Isle of Wight’ glass, England, making production glass.
6 months at Okra Glass, Kinver, West Midlands, England. Making their production Art glass.
1988-89 Hired various studios in Melbourne, and worked part time for glass artist Rob Knottenbelt, whilst establishing The Gordon Studio, Numurkah, Victoria.
1990 The Gordon studio opens in Numurkah. A wide range of unique glass art produced. The demand for Eileen’s glass was so great that her husband, Grant Donaldson decided to sell their partnership in a dairy farm, freeing them to concentrate on the glass making full time.
1994 Eileen and Grant moved ‘The Gordon Studio Glassblowers’ to Rosebud, Victoria, enlarging their wholesale glass production as well as their range of unique art glass.
2005 Closed their Rosebud glass studio and opened a specially designed glass workshop, studio and gallery with 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.
1991 Sheppartons Kiwanis Art and Craft Show
1992 Numurkah Rotary Art and Craft Show
1993 Numurkah Rotary Art and Craft Show
1993 Mornington Peninsula Craft Event
1999 Special Exhibit Award – Australian Craft Show, Canberra.
Various special commissions for the Australian Government
Devonport Museum and Art Gallery
Footscray Town Hall
The McGaughey Glass Collection, Latrobe Regional Gallery