WA glass artist, Gerry Reilly has been working with hot glass for 40 years. His evocative designs capture the essence of WA and vary with the colours of the seasons, the inspirations of the landscape and the ever-changing commissions that come through his Margaret River based Melting Pot Glass Studio.
A gifted teacher, Gerry has now broadened his practice to give visitors of all ages, the opportunity to book in and experience making hot glass objects for themselves, including during Open Studios.
Gerry has travelled, studied, worked and exhibited his art glass widely throughout Australia since 1979. His creative collaboration with Linton and Kay Galleries, and Woods Bagot Architects, on Perth's new Intercontinental Hotel in 2017, now boasts his major art glass installation "Forest Drift" in the hotel foyer, platters in every suite, and his Xanthorrhoea glass and limestone sculptures on the top floor. The Locker Room bar of Perth's new Optus Stadium features his major ceiling installation, Effervescence; and the WA events sector and industry awards are alive and shining with his colourful custom-made trophies and high end corporate gifts.
His simple and classy winecups, decanters, candleholders and large freeform platters adorn the tables of homes and restaurants Australia wide and overseas, including Cape Lodge in our own south west. His artist inspired pendant lights feature regularly as bespoke style in interior house design. His Landscape Vases are sought after through venues such as Aspects of Kings Park, Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River Galleries, Fremantle Arts Centre shop and Christmas Bazaar, and his own home-based studio shop, in the heart of Margaret River Wine Region.
Since 1990, a cultural visit to Margaret River has long included an entertaining demonstration and appreciation of the glass maker's art through the Melting Pot's long established studio journey. Now usually open by appointment, during Open Studios visitors are free to drop by Gerry Reilly's current studio in Zani Place, and step into a world of colour and light, where he and his partner, Margot Edwards, host your visit on their small rural block, with warmth and zany humour, inspiring creativity, excitement and delight. Not to mention the stunning aspect and the kangaroos ...
5 Zani Place, Margaret River
Directions: Take Walcliffe Rd west from Margaret River; turn right at Kevill Rd East (near Cape Mentelle); 2nd left at Culhane Rd, 1st left at Zani Place. If coming from Kevill Rd West, take right at Culhane.