Glass Terrain is a Melbourne based studio established in 2012 by mosaicist, Donna Broadbent. Focussed on creating unique, contemporary abstract mosaic, Glass Terrain designs are presented as 2D or 3D artworks that can be wall- mounted or permanently installed as an indoor/outdoor feature. As the name suggests, Glass Terrain mosaics comprise various types of glass often resulting in richly textured and highly reflective surfaces. The finest quality made-for-mosaic materials are utilised to achieve this finish including Orsoni (Venetian), Perdomo (Mexican) and Bisazza smalti, stained and vitreous glass and 24carat gold smalti. Finished works create a stunning visual impact ideal for both commercial and residential settings.
Glass Terrain proudly adopts a boutique approach to mosaic by producing limited numbers of quality mosaics each year by the founding artist. This maintains the integrity of each artwork, and results in a truly bespoke process where original concepts are hand drawn, and each piece of glass is hand cut, shaped and positioned to realise the design. The absence of digital technology and the use of traditional mosaic methods ensure the individuality and uniqueness of each piece. Glass Terrain mosaics are available through exhibition, or direct from the studio. Commission enquiries are also welcome.
“Applying ancient materials and methods to create contemporary works that are relevant today, is the essence of what I do. The intention of my work is not to imitate or provide a narrative, but rather respond to what I see and feel in an interpretive, abstract way. Colour selection is often muted or monochromatic, giving my work an understated sophistication and beauty. The incorporation of timber and concrete in many of my pieces juxtaposes the reflective qualities of glass, and aids the contemporary feel of my work. Through these artistic choices, I attempt to challenge peoples’ perception of mosaic, and promote it as a means of artistic expression."