Funds to aid more mind-blowing glass art from Cheeditha

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Kaye and Wendy Warrie from Cheeditha Art Group with some of the glass works.
Camera IconKaye and Wendy Warrie from Cheeditha Art Group with some of the glass works. Credit: Shannon Beattie

Glass art produced by the Cheeditha Art Group is set to be even more mesmerising, with the group furthering their skills via workshops with leading Australian glass artist Jessica Loughlin.

Loughlin was the winner of the FUSE Glass Prize in 2018 and will be giving the women of Cheeditha the chance to expand on the process of glassmaking as well as teaching them more about finish and techniques.

CAG manager Carrie McDowell said the artists liked working with glass because it was a unique process.

“It’s a point of difference for them — they’re the only Aboriginal art group that specialise in glass in the whole of WA,” she said.

Cheeditha does not receive any government funding, so the income generated by the art group plays a big part in keeping the community running.

“Their big dream is to be entirely self-sufficient — they have art as a skill, which means they can help themselves and the community through something they’re really good at,” Ms McDowell said.

“It gives them self-confidence and a value. This is something that they do well and get a lot of acclaim for and is something they can be really proud of.”

The workshops are possible due to $31,250 in funding from the State Government’s Aboriginal Arts Grants Program.

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