Gerry King is a pioneer of Australian Contemporary Glass. He commenced working with glass while undertaking postgraduate studies in the USA during the early 1970s. His works are exhibited, collected and published internationally and held in some twenty public museum collections worldwide.
In 2009 he was honored by the Australian National Art Glass Collection as the first living artist invited to present a retrospective exhibition. In 2011 he was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Australian Association of Glass Artists. Later this year he will teach a workshop in New Zealand and judge the Premier’s Craft Award in Tasmania. In alternate years he teaches at the Glass Furnace School in Istanbul.
Originally trained as a glassblower he now works with a wide variety of techniques. His artistic ability, broad experience and technical knowledge have lead to frequent engagements as a consultant, author and commissioned designer of architectural applications of his works. In his Adelaide studio he has been a mentor to artists from Australia, Japan, France and Austria.
His many academic awards culminate in a Doctorate. Gerry has contributed his insight and knowledge to government departments, tertiary institutions churches and corporations. In the 1980’s he was instrumental in the development of the Glass Studies courses at the University of South Australia. He is a regular feature artist at Aptos Cruz Galleries.