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Friday, 24 August 2012
Denise Pepper's winning piece Punto in Aria (Stitches in Air)
Denise Pepper is the first WA artist to take out the prestigious Ranamok Glass Prize in over 18 years.
A technician at ECU’s School of Communications and Arts, Ms Pepper received the top honour for her exquisite lace-inspired glass antique collar, entitled Punto in Aria (Stitches in Air).
Reports have described the piece as appearing like it would move in the slightest of breezes, with intricate work creating a unique piece of glasswork.
The awards, which were announced in Canberra this week, saw over 100 entries from across Australia competing for the top prize.
The uniqueness of her piece received praise across the board, with the judges congratulating Denise for creating such outstanding work.
Ms Pepper was thrilled to take out the top honour.
“I feel I have worked very hard over the last 5 years following graduation and when something as special as success in a national art prize comes along it is a vindication that hard work is worthwhile,” she said.
Head of ECU’s School of Communications and Arts Professor Clive Barstow said the win is a fantastic achievement for both Denise and the school.
“Congratulations go out to Denise on behalf of the School of Communications and Arts for this amazing win. This is a fantastic personal achievement and one which recognizes the quality and beauty of her work,” Professor Barstow said.
The Ranamok Glass Prize is one of the premier glass prizes in Australia. Encouraging skill and innovation from artists across both Australia and New Zealand, the winner takes home $15,000 and joins a prestigious list of national artists.
For more information on the prize, and to view the full list of past winners visit the Ranamok website.