Nudibranch Art Glass studio is run by Christian Arnold and Laurie Young in the historic Old Metropolitan Meat Market building in North Melbourne. Built in 1874, this bluestone edifice is now run by Arts House, Melbourne, and houses an interesting array of artistic endeavors. Along with their faithful studio dog Chica, the studio is open as a creative workplace, teaching hub and gallery.
Christian Arnold is a world renowned flame working artist. After spending years apprenticed to his father Rainer learning the exacting discipline of scientific glass blowing, he broke free to explore his creative side. Earning a Masters Degree in Glass at RMIT, he quickly carved a niche for himself within the rarefied world of master flameworkers.
Laurie Young has been working with glass for many years, transitioning from flat (stained) glass work, to fusing to casting to the torch. 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.
Together they have been finalists in the Ranamok Australasian Prize for Contemporary Glass seven times, as well as first place winners in the international professional category for Flow Magazine, Spring 2010. Their work is highly sought after, and graces the collections of Sir Elton John, the Sultan of Brunei, Kobe Lampworking Museum, Shanghai National Theater and numerous private and public collections around the world. Their jewelry was recently chosen by the World Health Organization to give as tokens of appreciation to visiting scientists.
Nudibranch Art Glass specializes in the fantastical, the unusual, the impossible. Imagination runs free , and the sky , jungle or ocean depths are the palette that underlies the work. Using nature as a jumping off point, the work ranges from extremely exact studies to wildly improbable creations. Much of our work is inspired by our travels; often a specific body of work will follow after our return, from Borneo, Peru, Japan, Cambodia…
We also have a production range of fused and blown glass jewelry, attractively priced to appeal to a broad range of customers, as well as small sculpture and a wide range of perfume bottles.