1995 Winner

1995 Finalist

Deb CocksTyalgum, New South Wales, Australia


Slumped and engraved glass, enamel
50 H x 50 W x 4 D cm

This work, titled Stream, is about the hum of life. The fish, running in schools, show the pace of life. So many schools to choose from, but under the arches, from left to right, we have, firstly, the enthusiast. Well versed in the sport of fishing, nothing will stand in the way of the ultimate catch. Next is the mother, to whom her child is all. Ah, what sacrifices we make. Fancy having to go to play group.

Lastly, we see the dedicated worker, chained to the desk, seeking self-gratification among the paperwork. Instead of pulling out our hair, we put things in it – fish hooks, pegs and bull-dog clips – and we drink large draughts of our chosen ways.


All entries as Finalist

1996 Finalist

Deb Cocks

1995 Finalist

Deb Cocks


Deborah Cocks
Brays Creek, New South Wales, Australia

13/10/1958 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


  • 1985, Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts (Glass), Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1981, Bachelor of Arts (Art History), Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Last Solo Exhibition

  • 2005, Double Vision, Kirra Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Last Group Exhibition

  • 2013, Comments in Glass, Glass Artists' Gallery, Glebe, New South Wales, Australia

Public/Private Collections

  • Winners Collection, Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  • Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, United States
  • Contemporary Glass, The Märit Rausing Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom
  • National Art Glass Collection, National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • Powerhouse Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • City Collection, Brisbane City Hall Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre , Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia
  • Glasmuseum der Ernsting Stiftung, Coesfeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Niijima Glass Centre, Niijima Island, Oshima Subprefecture, Japan
  • Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • Private Collection of Andrew and Deirdre Plummer
  • Various Private Collections
  • North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Caithness, United Kingdom


  • 1995, Recipient, RFC Glass Prize, Australia
  • 1993, ACI Glass Award, Meat Market Craft Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1988, Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, Washington, United States
  • 1987, Studio Development Grant, Australia Council for the Arts, Australia
  • 1987, Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, Washington, United States