Thursday August 12, 2010 | by Lee Brooks

2010 Ranamok Glass Prize awarded to New Zealand’s Sue Hawker

FILED UNDER: Award, New Work, News

Sue Hawker, Too Much Is Never Enough, 2010. Pâte de verre. H 19 1/2, W 9 3/4 in. photo: ron hawker

Sue Hawker’s work Too Much Is Never Enough (2010) has beaten out 43 competing entries to win the 2010 Ranamok Prize for Contemporary Glass, Australia and New Zealand. The piece, a pâte-de-verre vessel composed of connected flower petals in vibrant colors, is accompanied by a short poem: “Too much gloom, too much doom./ Too much misery, too much!/ Enough!/ Drink of me,/ I am joy and vitality./ Now, too much is never enough.”

A resident of New Zealand, Hawker‘s prize-winning work will be on display along with the other finalists until September 23rd, 2010 at Canberra Glassworks in Kingston, Australia. From there, the exhibition will move to the Angel Place Office Tower in Sydney’s financial district, eventually making its way to Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay, Fortitude Valley, Hervey Bay, and, finally, Bundaberg in November 2011.

This year’s prize marks the 15th year of the Ranamok Glass Prize, which was founded in 1995 by Andrew Plummer and Maureen Cahill. At $7,500 AUD ($6,705 USD), the award is Australia and New Zealand’‘s richest for work in glass. Last year’s winner was Lisa Welch for her work “Across the Lines”.

On the 2010 judging panel were Tina Oldknow, Curator of Modern Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, Jacqueline Clayton, Senior Lecturer at the School of Design Studies of the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Geoffrey Edwards, director of the Geelong Gallery in Geelong, Victoria, and, as usual, prize co-founder Andrew Plummer.

For more information see the official website: www.ranamok.com

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