Mariella McKinley is an award-winning Australian glass artist who specialises in hand blown and cold worked glass. Mariella graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) majoring in Glass from Monash University, Melbourne, in 2006. She was then selected for a two year Associateship in the Glass Studio at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide, a rare opportunity which attracts young artists from around the world. In 2010, Mariella worked as an assistant to internationally renowned Sydney artists, Ben Edols and Kathy Elliott, before returning to Melbourne to establish her own studio. Through these experiences, Mariella gained valuable knowledge and skills and continued to develop her own art practice and individual style.
Mariella’s numerous awards include the Italian Centre Design Award in 2008 and the Corning Incorporated Foundation Award in 2012. Along with recognising the high calibre of her work, these awards also enabled her to travel abroad to further her training in the art of glass. Subsequently, Mariella has participated in workshops with leaders in studio glass nationally and internationally.
Mariella currently works from her studio at Australia’s oldest artists’ colony, Montsalvat, in Eltham, Victoria. Here, she takes inspiration from the creative atmosphere and picturesque setting. Mariella continues to develop new ideas and explore complex cane working techniques and precise cold working methods. As a result, her unique exhibition pieces feature exquisite surface patterns and harmonious, sculpted forms. Her design work is created with a focus on colour, form and function.
Mariella exhibits her work in galleries throughout Australia.