“I have created a diverse and innovative body of work which has culminated from my desire to create glass forms inspired by the images that are constantly presented from my environment, relationships and experiences. The glass is my canvas through which I can bring some of my thoughts and visions into a visual form that can be shared by others. I am challenged through the manipulation of both warm & cold glass techniques.
Each handcrafted jewel, object or sculpture is created from an extension of the images inherent in other artworks, a micro snapshot, maybe an entire image or a unique form taken shape from a random vision…”
Cindy’s practice is based on kiln formed glass which involve using the heat harnessed from the depth of a kiln, to transform glass into an array of unique and distinctive artwork that captures her creative imagination and emerges with its own unique fingerprint. She is inspired by her surroundings and experiences which are interpreted within the realms of her medium resulting in a diverse body of work which includes public artwork that engages communities, architectural, decorative, conceptual and wearable art.
Cindy, a former physical education teacher, has been working with glass since 1995 and is self employed as a professional award winning glass artist. Initially self taught, Cindy was quite isolated in her work, almost all of which was a result of experimentation and trial and error – referring to books and research for guidance. Over time she has built up an expansive network of fellow artists and craftsman helping her to transition from crafts person to artisan.
Her mentorship under glass artist Shar Feil Moorman in 2010 saw the significant development in skills, refinement of techniques, and the ability to access different artistic methodologies. As a result Cindy could now confidently delve into more conceptual based work, utilising these new techniques to effectively convey more meaningful messages within her artwork. In addition to using the glass medium for purely “production” pieces, she was now able to make artistic choices more relevant to her aesthetic and conceptual intent. As a result there is a high degree of uniqueness and diversity within her body of work.
The image above is of Cindy’s very first glass piece, a photo frame put together in 1995, and a result of her desire to create a personalised frame that would reflect her father’s true spirit. From this creative experience, the initial positive reaction from others, as well as the desire to search out a lifestyle alternative to teaching – the development and growth of the Section Glass Gallery & Cafe began.
Now with her name defining the space, Cindy Poole Glass Gallery has grown into an established gallery and successful arts based tourism attraction and business. This has enabled Cindy to live her art form and continually grow as an artist.