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Diners safety concern
The Stirling District ResidentsAssociation
has raised safety concerns about footpath
access and truck movements at the Stirling
Association public officer John Hill told a
recent meeting of the Adelaide Hills Council
that members supported the hotel’s new deck
because they believed it would relocate the
hotel’s alfresco dining and create a distinct
barrier between patrons and the footpath along
Mt Barker Road.
However, he said dining furniture continued
to spill out onto the footpath.
“The footpath is being used as an alfresco
dining area and people can’t walk there,” he
Mr Hill also raised concerns about the level
of parking at the hotel, alleging the number
of parks hadn’t kept pace with development
at the popular venue. He showed photographs
of delivery trucks backing out of car parking
areas onto the adjoining roads.
“We’d like to see the turning of trucks
addressed before you start talking about
customer car parking on that site,” he said.
The Courier approached hotel spokesman
Brett Matthews for comment but he was unable
to respond before publication deadline.
By Judy Richards-Norris
ARTIST and designer Gerry
King is a pioneer of Australian
contemporary glass art and is
highly respected around the world.
Far from the buzz of busy international
cities in which he exhibits and teaches,
Dr King’s work is created in his
peaceful valley studio in Crafers West
and represented in numerous public
institutions, corporate and private
collectors and galleries worldwide.
His works are held in 20 overseas
His expertise has been sought after
in Japan, Denmark, NZ, the US,
Canada, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, UK,
South Africa, Austria, France, Chile,
Singapore, Hong Kong, China, the
Netherlands, the Philippines, Taiwan,
Germany and throughout Australia.
Locally in pride of place at the Bird
in Hand winery in Woodside is his
3000mm piece Water.
For many years, Dr King has
consulted, lectured and judged in his
specialised field and regularly taught
and mentored emerging artists around
He has also written papers for national
and international conferences and
He held workshops in Turkey and
Beijing last year and lectured at a
His works often are thought-provoking
with underlying socio-political
commentaries, including sculptures of
the effects of war and terrorism.
More recently he has focused on
In November, a major work piece
Towards Tuscany valued at $22,000,
was sold at the SOFA exhibition
in Chicago, considered the world’s
premier annual exposition for three-
dimensional art works.
This work is kiln-formed glass and
made from thousands of small pieces
of compatible glass, fused together at
900C and then laboriously polished.
Dr King is currently showing other
works from his landscape series Salute
X1 in Sabbia Gallery in Sydney.
He has been at the forefront of
the medium since undertaking
postgraduate studies in the US during
the early ’70s.
In the following decade he was
instrumental in the development of the
Glass Studies courses at UniSA.
He was honored by the Australian
National Art Glass Collection in 2009
as the first living artist invited to
present a retrospective exhibition.
In 2011 he was awarded honorary
life membership of Ausglass, the
Australian Association of Glass Artists.
Kiln formed works
Last year Dr King was the
International Curatorial Consultant to
the Hsin Chu Glass Museum in Taiwan
and in 2013 was the Visiting Artist at
Tshwane University in South Africa.
Originally trained as a glassblower
but now working with a wide variety
of techniques, his broad artistic
experience and technical knowledge
has led to a life of consulting, writing
and designing in addition to exhibiting
and guest teaching.
He now primarily concentrates on kiln-
formed and cast works, often creating
more than one series at a time, always
with diverse inspirations.
“Working with glass can be laborious
and unpredictable and only with
experience and years of groundwork
can it be controlled to its maximum
potential,” he said.
“There have been many times when
the finished article, technically perfect
but aesthetically flawed, is thrown in
the bin – only perfect pieces should be
“I am always seeking that something
extra to find just how diverse glass can
be – my favorite piece is always the
He said glass art was enticing
because of the many ways in which its
properties could be utilized.
“Often works have to be created upside
down and as all powdered glass is
white, there is a degree of uncertainty
if you don’t remember exactly where
each color was placed.
“It can be tedious, but the harder you
work, the better you get.
“Experience and learning from
mistakes help, but even when
everything has been done correctly,
there has to be 5% of kiln-magic to
make it special.
“That’s when it’s all worthwhile.”
Dr King was born in Adelaide in 1945
and grew up in Kensington.
His passion for art began in childhood
art classes and grew in the 60s’craft
and ceramic movement during which
he studied, taught and exhibited
A desire to travel overseas, led him to
teach English in Tokyo where he could
research Japanese culture in his free
At 26, he was awarded a scholarship
with Alfred University in Upstate New
York gaining extensive skills in glass
Graduating with a Masters degree he
returned to Australia, later completing
a Doctorate at the University of
In 1976, he joined UniSA where he
lectured in and co-ordinated Arts
Education, later becoming Co-ordinator
of Glass Studies and subsequently
Head of The School of Design, a career
of 20 years.
Married to Speech Pathologist Dr Kate
King, he is a compassionate family
man and enjoys time with children and
“I have lived in the Hills for almost
40 years and it’s the perfect place for
inspiration,” he said.
“I have the best of all worlds, living
and working both here and overseas.
“I am grateful for where art has taken
me – it’s been an exhilarating journey.”
Gerry makes glass magic
By Genevieve Cooper
A new position dealing
with cultural diversity,
the arts and community
engagement has been
created by the Adelaide
The role, created from
within existing staff in the
team, will investigate how
the council can support
its recent commitment
to declare the district a
Refugee Welcome Zone.
Councillors learned about
the officer’s position in a
report discussing possible
refugee zone initiatives.
The report said the
district did not have a high
refugee population and was
“not particularly culturally
“What is particularly
striking in the (Australian
Bureau of Statistics) data
is that the district has less
than half the concentration
of people from non-English
(6.5%) than the greater
Adelaide area (15.1%),” the
“For whatever reasons,
people from culturally
and linguistically diverse
backgrounds are under-
represented in the district.
The number of
recent overseas arrivals
in a district is thought
to be affected by housing
opportunities and pre-
existing communities in the
“It is probable that these
factors present barriers
to people from diverse
backgrounds coming into
the Adelaide Hills area.”
“A local university has
already expressed interest
in researching the current
situation with respect to
refugees in the district and
to develop proposals for
what role council can play
in fostering a positive and
welcoming culture in our
community,” it said.
New role created for arts, cultural diversity
I am always seeking
that something extra
to find just how
diverse glass can be
– Gerry King
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