Local artist creates 100% recycled Australia Day award
  • Wednesday 31 December 2008

Exceptional Noosa glass blower, Sean O'Donoghue from Hot Stuff Glass Studio, has created a unique trophy to be presented at the inaugural Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards ceremony on 25 January.

Mr O’Donoghue said he had been creating these awards for the past five years but this year’s design was unique.

“A glass ball, the trophy looks down at Australia as if you are looking through the clouds from outer space. It is a design I have been perfecting over the last few years.”

A professional glass blower, Mr O’Donoghue was trained from the age of 15 at Waterford Crystal in Ireland. Now in his state-of-the-art electric studio (the only one in the Southern hemisphere), Mr O’Donoghue has created a unique trophy that awardees can treasure into the future.

“The trophy is made from 100% recycled glass and my studio is emission free,” he said.

“I use coloured glass particles with steel tools to create images on the glass. The material I use was designed by NASA and used in satellites.”

Mr O’Donoghue has participated in the Deloraine Show in Tasmania for four years running, the biggest glass industry fair in Australasia with over 50,000 artists and industry representatives attending. Every year Sean travels to the US to increase his exposure to galleries and to gain and inspiration from others in the industry.

The Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards ceremony will take place on 25 January 2009 at a sunset ceremony on the Noosa River at Noosaville Lions Park. Community groups will provide Aussie food and local musicians will be performing.

Nominations close on 9 January 2009. For further information or to nominate someone for an Award, please visit council’s Customer Service Centres, libraries or www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.