Marcus Dillon

Name Marcus Dillon
MFA Monash, BVA Hons Monash
Current Role(s) Studio Supervisor


Marcus’ interest with glass began via a Fine Art Degree (glass) in 1996; completing a Masters of Fine Art at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in March 2005. He has worked with and for, numerous Australian glass artist’s throughout many of Australia’s glass schools and studios and through these experiences has formed close relationships, both professionally and personally within the Australian glass community.

Interested in the production and promotion of his work and also with the education of others culminated in the establishment of Freeformed in 2001, a Melbourne based glassmaking access facility and production studio. In 2006 he was invited to participate as an Artist-In-Residence at Hiroshi Yamano’s Ezra Studio in Japan and then spent 6 months travelling and visiting numerous international glass studios in Europe, U.K and the United States.

Within Marcus’ work the circle, in all its manifestations – turning, curved, concentric and subdivided – reflects a sense of growth and evolution. It is Form in motion: stationary, but not static. The minimal surfaces of his objects are intended to disclose the forces within nature - its physics, mechanics and chemistry.

Marcus’ sculptures implement a primary philosophical quality of the spiral in that they seem to be always moving and growing yet never covering the same ground, so that they are able, not only to depict the past, but also allude to the future. In turn they allow the viewer to define and illuminate what has already happened whilst also directing us to what may be. Incorporated into his work - a pattern of repetition therefore allows for the perception, not just of a series of elements, but a trend of development, a line of motion, or a sequence of transformation.

Key Publications

Fukui Newspaper, “Symbiotics” review, June 24, cultural section

The Age; Metro, May 2, page 10

Crafts Arts International, Issue 62, pp 91- 93

Herald Sun; Home, June 14, page 16

The Age; The Culture, September 23, page 1 & 3
The Sydney Morning Herald, MetroMarch 29- 31, page 8
The Australian, Trends March 15, page 19
Craft Arts International Issue 54, page 85

The Age, Domain, Aug 15, page 3
Craft Arts InternationalIssue 53, page 6
The Sydney Morning Herald, MetroSep 7- 13, page26

Craft Arts International, Issue 49, inside cover


Visual Seduction, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh, U.S.A

SOFA Expo Chicago, Chicago, U.S.A.
Symbiotics, Art Core Museum, Kanaz Forest of Creation, Awara, Japan.
Balance-Beauty-Bold, Gaffer Studio Glass, Taikoo Place & Island East, Hong Kong

Elemental, 1000oC, Avalon, Sydney, NSW.
GAS Conference - Guest exhibition, Global Art Venue, Hyatt Regency, Adelaide, SA.
Journey through the flame, Kirra Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC.

Summer Heat, Object, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW.
SOFA Expo Chicago, Chicago, U.S.A.
Next Generation (June 2004), Global Art Venue, 1st Avenue South, Seattle, U.S.A.
blown & sculptured glass 2004, Kirra Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC.

Kaleidoscope of Glass, 1000oC, Avalon, Sydney, NSW.
IN Form, Potters Gallery, Warrandyte, VIC.
Vivacious Flame, Charles Smith Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
Side By Side, Flinders Fine Art Gallery, Flinders, VIC.

Liquidity,Quadrivium, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney, NSW.
Fragile Beauties, Maroondah Art Gallery, Ringwood, VIC.

Frozen Fire, Kirra Australia, Southbank, Melbourne, VIC.
New View, Glass Artists’ Gallery, Glebe, Sydney, NSW.
Norton Gallery, McMahons Point, Sydney, NSW.
Unchartered Waters - Glory of Glass Walk, Ausglass Conference, City, Melbourne, VIC.

SPARK - Honours Year Exhibition, Monash University, Caulfield, VIC.
Resonating Wilderness, Artistcare Gallery, South Melbourne, VIC.
Graduating Exhibition, Monash University, Caulfield, VIC.

Awards and Residencies

Travel Grant
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust

Hiroshi Yamano
Ezra Glass Studio, Kanaz Forest of Creation, Awara, Japan

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