Entering the Liquid Glass Gallery through a small door takes you into
a wonder-world of colourful glass shapes and elongated triffids bowing
their heads in welcome. Magical shapes and swirls of colour tickle your
Another doorway and you are instantly immersed in the production of these
amazing shapes as you leave the gallery and enter the studio. The ceiling
soars 40 feet above, which you soon realise helps disperse the rising
heat from the 1200 C blast furnace where glass is transformed into art
in the sure hands of Lucas Salton.
Lucas has lived on the Sunshine
Coast of Australia for 17 years and has no intention of leaving, no matter
how popular his work gets. His life-long love affair with glass was developed,
if not born, locally as well.
"I was fascinated by glass and all things shiny as a kid. I first
started making small glass animals by sticking broken windscreen glass
together that my sister, Larissa, and I would collect from the side of
the road." Lucas said.
"I then went to a dinner party where I was introduced to a glassblower
who told me of a job on the Sunshine Coast. I was 17 and a bit. The first
time I saw it I knew I had found my path. Glass is alchemic. You mix dirt
together, burn it with fire, which makes it clear and molten, you control
it with water, wood, air and steel and never completely master it,"
His depth of feeling as an artist is evident in the shapes he creates
which are smooth and sensual. He also drew inspiration from the time he
spent in Japan both teaching and manufacturing for Kurokabe Inc.
Commissions & Exhibitions
Warner Brothers commissioned some of Lucas's pieces for the films "Ghost
Ship and "Peter Pan", one of which can be seen in his Private
Collection. The embassy residence of the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam
in ACT acquired Lucas Salton's glass sculptures and he has exhibited in
Munich as well as Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Brisbane. Locally,
Lucas has also had several solo exhibitions at the Noosa Sheraton Resort
with great success.
He has also completed several installations in private homes, hospitals
and hotels including his 320-piece installation at the Westin Hotel in
Lucas's ability to create spectacular, one-off awards and gifts has been
recognised and appreciated by companies like Apple Macintosh and BHP as
well as the Queensland Premier's Department, Museums Australia, Queensland's
Smart Women Awards and the South Australia Business Woman of the Year
He also transforms selected pieces into custom lighting with spectacular