The trailed and highly tactile surfaces of Clare Belfrage's tall vessels, with their tight waists and dish-like rims, are variously opaque and transparent. The sooty black work resembles ceramic, such is the completely opaque and matt nature of its surface.
Belfrage applies molten glass threads to the surface of her vessels to suggest closely drawn lines, repeated in simple patterns. They evoke for the artist the spine-like foliage and movement of some Australian plants. The explicit fragility and brittleness of these forms are an effective counterpoint to their spontaneous and lyrical character.
- From the National Gallery of Australia website