glass craft + design


b. 1986, HK.

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Karen Cunningham is a glass artist and Creative Director of the Glass Studio at JamFactory in Adelaide. Completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Glass) at Uni SA, she was awarded the Design Institute of Australia Achievement Award for Glass Design in 2005 for her Honours (First Class) work.

As a Glass Associate at JamFactory Karen was selected for the Pilchuck Scholarship and won the national Qantas Spirit Of Youth Award. She was mentored by design legend Marc Newson in London and has also trained in Germany, Turkey and the USA.

In 2010 Karen began collaborating with Mandi King and they founded illumini. Their first project, the illumini decanter, won the national LaunchPad Design Award and was selected for the London Design Festival in 2011. illumini then won an Australia Council residency in Finland.

Most recently, Karen has been forging new territory with scientists at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics incorporating luminescent diamond nanoparticles in to glass.  This work was developed with a grant from the Australia Council culminating in a solo exhibition Quantum Colour: Capturing the Movement of Light.



CV available upon request.