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In Memoriam: Alasdair Gordon

Australian glass artist and engraver Alasdair Gordon passed away on January 1, 2019. A celebration of his life was held on Tuesday, January 8 at Gordon Studios in Palmyra, Western Australia. 

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1931, Alasdair graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1957, specializing in glass engraving. He gained practical experience and researched new engraving techniques in Norway at Hadelands Glassworks. In 1958, he married Rish, whom he had met at college, and they established an engraving workshop in Bergen. In 1973, the couple returned to Scotland and established a studio with Strathearn Glass Company, Perthshire. Invited in 1979 for Western Australia’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations, Alasdair fell in love with the country and the family immigrated there in 1980 and established The Gordon Studio in Fremantle. In 1994, they set up their own gallery and studio in Palmyra. Initially producing architectural and commercial commissions in addition to his own work, Alasdair exhibited nationally and overseas, taught engraving workshops, and did commissions for royalty, public, and corporate bodies. In his later years, he concentrated totally on wheel engraved cameo subjects.

| Posted 19 Jan 17

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