Nadège Desgenétez’s work references the body, familiar landscapes and the process of glass blowing. She says that glass blowing is ‘at once physical and mental and requires a commitment to the present, a keen awareness of the body’s boundaries and abilities and of the specific needs of the molten glass. The material is shaped by touch, with breath, answering every move, in a sequence that cannot be interrupted or postponed. Objects made of hand blown glass embody the process through which they are made.’
Born in France, Desgenétez has worked, taught and exhibited in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including the “Prix d’Honneur de la Fondation de France” (Paris, France), and two Saxe Awards from Pilchuck Glass School in 1997 and 2004 (Stanwood, USA). Her work is included in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, Canberra, Australia, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA and the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. She has been teaching at the Glass Workshop of the Australian National University in Canberra since 2005.