Rose Burke designs and makes enamelled, laminated glass plates and bowls. Her designs are strongly influenced by the Australian environment which is a constant yet ever changing source of inspiration. There are endless designs, patterns and colour combinations found in every aspect of our natural environment from our wondrous oceans to our spectacular deserts.
Rose has been working with glass for the past 20 years. Each plate is individually handcrafted by Rose herself. The process involves sandwiching layers of enamel colours between float glass sheets which are then kiln fired, fused and slumped into useful bowls or plates. A characteristic of this technique is the small champagne like bubbles that occur within the enamel and between the glass layers.
The designs are created using a variety of implements to manipulate the enamels. The pieces are heated in kilns to temperatures of 850degrees centigrade and remain in the kilns for up to 20 hours. Heating and cooling is controlled and purposeful to ensure the glass does not crack or break during or after the process.
Many of Rose’s pieces that you will find at The Sheil Collection have been designed specifically to reflect environmental features of Brisbane and its’ surrounds.