Nudibranch – Christian Arnold
Christian was born in 1969 in Heidelberg, Germany, but spent his childhood years growing up in the small German village of Gemmingen, surrounded by farmland. In 1983 he moved to Australia with his family and settled in Melbourne. All his life he was surrounded by glass and craft/art, his father was a consummate scientific glassblower and his mother an adept of many different craft disciplines, such as German folk painting, watercolor painting, bookbinding and paper construction being just some of the multitude of her talents. In 1991 he began to study the discipline of scientific instrument making in glass with his father and after gaining a solid grounding, he struck out from the scientific glass field into more artistic endeavours two and a half years later. In 1997 he began tertiary studies at Monash University and concluded them in 2002 at RMIT. Since then he has produced a plethora of work for exhibitions, galleries and commissions, nationally and internationally. In 2006 he opened Nudibranch Art Glass Studio with his partner Laurie Young, at the Meat Market Arts Precinct in North Melbourne, Australia. Working collaboratively and individually they are nine times finalists in the Ranamok Australasian Prize for Contemporary Glass, as well as first place winner in the international professional category for Flow Magazine, and third place international marble competition. Christian was invited to teach in Anatolia and at the Glass Furnace in Istanbul and has taught master classes in Canberra and Sydney.
Nudibranch – Laurie Young
Laurie has been working with cold glass and leadlighting since 1974. She became interested in fusing and warm glass after moving to Australia and began experimenting with kiln formed glass in Gippsland in 1984. After spending a number of years working first as a disability worker and then as a psychiatric social worker she returned to her first passion and began working with glass on a full time basis in 2000. “I am interested in colour and motion – the unique properties inherent in glass that allow much freedom of expression and emotion to be conveyed through the medium. Particularly in these complicated times I am interested in the joyfulness and playfulness of life, and how that can be expressed in glass. Never a minimalist I rejoice in the complexities, richness and abundance of life and endeavor to incorporate this in my work.” Specializing in large scale Pate de Verre and casting work, she also has a keen interest in torchwork. After graduating with Honours from Monash University Glass department she and Chris formed Nudibranch Art Glass. Working both collaboratively and individually, they produce a range of work from small items such as jewelry and perfume bottles to large scale sculpture. The combination of cast work with flameworking is both original and unique.