Sunday, June 24th, 2012
WHAT happens when a 25-year career in the business world comes to a sudden end through ill-health?

In the case of Philomena Masters, it opened up a new world of possibility when she was introduced to art therapy while in hospital.

She has worked extensively as a glass artist for the past 15 years and her latest works are on show at The York Mill’s Boiler Room Gallery this July in its latest free exhibition, Let Me Breathe Glass.

“Forty years ago, I met an American lady who used to quote the well-known saying ‘In every adversity there are the seeds of a greater benefit’,” Masters said.

“How true that is – and I can’t think of anything better than sharing my art and knowledge with others and am thrilled to be able to do that through The York Mill.”

When her business career ended in 1997, Masters had never picked up a pencil or paintbrush and believed she had no artistic promise.

But while in the Joondalup Mental Health Facility, she had an opportunity to create part of a mosaic mural.

Days were spent producing large and intricate designs in mosaics for tables, murals and water features and Masters became absorbed in her new-found artistic abilities.

Three years later, she was introduced to the world of kiln-fired glass and her art works took a new turn as she produced platters, bowls, panels and jewellery with designs based on the beauty of the Australian outback, natural reefs and contemporary styles.

“I never stop learning and just love passing on the knowledge I have gained to others,” Masters said.

“I now have my own studio in Wanneroo and run workshops in dichroic jewellery, kiln-fired glass and glass fusions for mosaics.

“As a glass artist, I am delighted to be the first of many glass artisans to be exhibiting in The York Mill’s newly-renovated Boiler Room Gallery.”

Masters has studied different methods of glass art and has worked with several international renowned glass artists, including Judi Elliot, Brenda Page, Steven Klein, Catherine Newell, Narcissus Quagliata, Bob Leatherbarrow, Ruth McCullum-Howell and Marc Leib.

She has exhibited widely with an extensive array of local exhibitions previously held in Maylands, Fremantle, Wanneroo, Perth, Kalamunda, Roleystone, North Beach and the Swan Valley.

The York Mill Managing Director John Langton added: “To have the artistic talents of Philomena Masters and her passion for glass on display in the Boiler Room Gallery, as part of our winter exhibition season, is an absolute pleasure.”

Let Me Breathe Glass runs from July 4 to 29 in the Boiler Room Gallery. Admission is free.

The York Mill is at 10 Henrietta Street, York, and the gallery is open 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. For more details, call (08) 9641 2900 or go to

bg-Philomena Masters: Glass artist Philomena Masters is showcasing an extensive array of her work in Let Me Breathe Glass at The York Mill’s Boiler Room Gallery this July.

bg-Footsteps: Footsteps, one of the works in Philomena Masters’ latest exhibition.

bg-Karijini: The free Let Me Breathe Glass exhibition at The York Mill features the piece Karijini.

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The York Mill, situated in the beautiful Avon Valley only one hour from Perth, offers a great day excursion for the whole family. The old flour mill site shows its own remarkable history and offers fine crafts, York souvenirs, three galleries, a licensed cafe, weekend providore markets and play area for the kids.
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