1997 Winner

1997 Finalist

Jessica LoughlinO'Connor, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Horizon Lines Series #7 & #8

Fused, slumped, engraved and wheel cut glass, enamel
5 H x 47 W x 47 D cm

I am standing at a point central to everything bound only by the horizon. There is no activity, confusion or noise, just empty space, the largest empty space I will ever experience. All that is in sight is a line dividing the sky and the earth at a distance so far I will never reach it.

According to Aboriginal myths, "Before the Dream Time the earth at our feet had no shape and no colour. Nothing walked across it. There were no emu or kangaroo tracks. It was land without water. No river flowed and the earth was peaceful."

Whether I'm in the desert or at sea, I feel I have returned to the beginning of existence, before anything on earth had been created. Here there is no confusion, only harmony. When I look at a horizon, I always want to know what is there and what it would be like to be there. However, like the future, I will never get there, only see it from a distance.


All entries as Finalist


Jessica Loughlin
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

1975 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


  • 1997, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Glass) with Honours, School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Last Solo Exhibition

  • 2011, eyre, Sabbia Gallery, Paddington, New South Wales, Australia

Last Group Exhibition

  • 2013, Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific North West, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington, United States

Public/Private Collections

  • Winners Collection, Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  • Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, Lausanne, Canton de Vaud, Switzerland
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom
  • Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, United States
  • National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
  • Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama, United States
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • National Art Glass Collection, National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
  • Glass Museum, Marinha Grande, Leiria, Portugal


  • 2007, 1st Prize, Tom Malone Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • 2007, Highly Commended, City of Hobart Art Prize, Hobart City Council, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • 2004, 1st Prize, Tom Malone Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • 2004, Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia
  • 2001, Outstanding New Talent, Urban Glass, New York, New York, United States
  • 1997, Recipient, RFC Glass Prize, Australia