Curriculum Vitae – GINGER BOTTARI

Born in Canberra, Australia, 1989.

Living and working on the Far South Coast of NSW

Currently: partner-in-crime at Prisoners of the Crown (established November 11, 2014)  

Ginger Bottari


2013 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Gold and Silversmithing) Honours, ANU School of Art, ACT

2007 HSC, Daramarlan College, ACT.

Workshops, relevant experience:

2009 Minion at Cardog Design, Bega NSW

2007 Anodizing workshop with Cinnamon Lee, Gold and Silver Workshop, ANU SoA, ACT


2013 Art Monthly Award, Graduating Exhibition, Australian National University, ACT.

2007 Award for Design and Technology, Daramarlan College, ACT.


Aug 2021, Harbinger, Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura VIC

2013 Graduation Exhibition, School of Art Gallery, ANU SoA, ACT

2013 Bega Art Prize, Bega Valley Shire Gallery, Bega, NSW.

2012 Earring Exhibition, Bilk Gallery, ACT.

2012 Graduation Exhibition, School of Art Gallery, ANU SoA, ACT


Curriculum Vitae – MEGAN BOTTARI

Born in Melbourne, Australia, 1955.

Living and working on the Far South Coast of NSW

Currently: partner-in-crime at Prisoners of the Crown (established November 11 2014)  

megsie mugshot


2004           Bachelor of Visual Arts (Glass) Honours, ANU School of Art

Arts schtick:

2014           Resumed own art practice (glass/mixed media) Hurrah!!

Nov 2008 – Feb 2014        Curator, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Bega NSW

Feb 2010 – April 2013   Curator, Tour de Force: in case of emergency break glass, Artisan Brisbane, National Art Glass Gallery Wagga Wagga, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Craft ACT, Jam Factory Adelaide, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville, Noosa Regional Gallery, Tweed River Art Gallery, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Mornington Peninsular Regional Art Gallery, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory                 

Aug 2008    Guest Curator and event co-ordinator for Sketching – Designing a Capital: Crafting a City program at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra                                

Jan 2008     Curator of Hunks of Glass exhibition, ANCA Gallery, Dickson ACT

2005-7         Administrative assistant to the Convener of the Postgraduate Program, ANU School of Art

May 2007    Guest Curator and event co-ordinator for Designing a Capital: Crafting a City program at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra

Jan   2007    Guest Curator of A Little Drop of Kindness exhibition at Craft ACT

2005-2007   Curator of the Kamberra Glass Gallery, Kamberra Wine Company, Lyneham, ACT 

2005-6           Curatorial intern, Craft ACT

2004-5           Gallery Assistant, Craft ACT

2004-06        Co-ordinator of the Short Course (Summer and Winter School) Programs at the ANU SoA Glass Workshop.

April 2005     Canberra Co-ordinator for the Corning Museum of Glass Roadshow Tour Downunder 

2002-2004    Assistant co-ordinator of the Short Course (Summer and Winter School) Programs, ANU SoA Glass Workshop

Exhibitions (as participating artist):

Aug 2021     Harbinger, Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura, VIC

July 2021     You can’t see White, if you won’t see Black, National Art Glass Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW

Sept 2018     Finalist, Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award 2018

March 2016 Small sculpture show, Sculpture on the Edge, Bermagui

Sept 2008   Shifting Perspectives part 2, Craft ACT, Canberra

Jan 2008     Gather, Craft ACT

Sept 2007   Settings, Craft ACT

May 2007    Shifting Perspectives, Craft ACT

Mar 2007    Cowra Festival Art Show, Cowra

Mar 2006    Cowra Festival Art Show, Cowra

Oct 2005     Carnivale: Spring Racing Venetian Style, two-man show with Annette Blair, Kamberra Glass Gallery, ACT

Aug 2005    Game As Ned Kelly, solo installation at Canberra Airport in conjunction with Dimensions Variable: Canberra Contemporary Sculpture Festival

Sept 2005    The Wedding Expo, ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery

May 2005    Southern Lights, Ausglass Members Show, GAS Conference Adelaide.

                      Sweetcheeks, at the Grace Emily, Gas Conference Adelaide.

Mar 2005    Cowra Festival Art Show, Cowra

Nov 2004    Green, ANU School of Art Gallery

June 2004   13, ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery

Mar  2004    Kamberra Glass Prize,(winner) Kamberra Wine Company, Lyneham, ACT

                      Cowra Festival Art Show, Cowra, NSW

Sept 2003    Ceremonial Water Vessels, ANU School of Art Gallery

Aug 2003     H2003, Canberra Centre

Mar 2003     Cowra Festival Art Show, Cowra, NSW

Oct 2002      Kamberra Glass Prize, finalist, Kamberra Wine Company, Lynham, ACT

Aug 2002     Reflect, Spiral Gallery, Bega, NSW

Mar 2002     Solo show of etchings and aquatints, Tilley’s, ACT

Mar 2002     Cowra Festival Art Show, Cowra, NSW

Nov 2001      Inaugural Kamberra Wine Prize, finalist. Kamberra Wine Company, Lynham, ACT

Feb 2001       Inaugural Bombay Sapphire Student Collection Design Competition, finalist, The Westin Melbourne, Vic.

Jan 2001       Student Show, Ausglass Conference, Melbourne.

Mid 2000      Beaded Prayers Project, Smithsonian Museum, Wisconsin, USA

Workshops, relevant experience/glass

Mar 2016    Richard William Wheater, Neon, Canberra Glassworks

July 2004    Klaus Moje, (AUS), Kiln forming, Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA.

Sept 2003   Blanche Tilden, (AUS), residency, ANU School of Art, (Teaching Assistant – TA)

Aug 2003   James Minson,  (AUS/USA), Lampworking, ANU SoA, (TA)

Mar 2003   Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Jasen Johnsen, (USA), Hot Sculpting, ANU SoA,  (TA)                  

Dec 2002   Lene Lunde, (Norway), Glass Blowing, ANU SoA, (TA)

June 2002 Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Hot sculpting, Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA.

Mar 2002   Irene Frolic, (Canada), Casting, ANU SoA. (TA)

Jan 2002    Sarah McHugh, (AUS) Lost wax/casting, ANU SoA. (TA)

July 2001   Sarah McHugh, (AUS) Lost wax/casting, ANU SoA (TA)

April 2001  Sarah McHugh, (AUS) Lost wax/casting, ANU SoA (TA)

Aug 2000   Therman Statom, (USA), Assemblage, ANU SoA

Publications: critical craft writing

Blog glass central canberra selected for preservation by the National Library of Australia (Pandora web archive)

The Evolution of Matthew Curtis, Craft Arts International Magazine, # 88, pp 40-45

Catalogue essay, Australian Signatures: the National Art Glass Collection, 2013

Catalogue essay, Tour de Force: in case of emergency break glass, published by artisan, Qld, 2010

Intrinsic Elements: it goes without saying, Craft Arts International Magazine, # 74, pp 107-108

Stephen Procter: the art of quietude, Craft Arts International Magazine, # 73, pp 85-87

Peter Korvascy: a studio practice, Craft Arts international Magazine, # 73, pp 115-117

Contemporary Primitive: the work of Tevita Havea, Craft Arts International Magazine # 71, pp 43-47.

Lene Lunde: Big Questions, Small Lives.

Klaus Moje: Glass, monograph for the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series, published by Thames and Hudson (Aust) 2006

Tom Rowney: New Work.  http:www.craftaustralia/articles/20050604.php

Beyond Convention: Old Craft, New Tricks. Craft Act Newsletter March 2006

Counterpose: Fresh Directions in Australian Studio Glass,


Awards and scholarships:

Canberra Times Critics Circle Award (for innovative curatorial practice at the Kamberra Glass Gallery) 2006

Australia Council Craft-in-Site Writing Grant October 2005

Winner of Kamberra Glass Prize, 2004

Pilchuck Partner’s Scholarship 2002


The Hardy Wine Collection

The National Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga.

Private collections in Australia and the US.

Former pre-occupations:

1996-2000  Detachment Cook, U.S. Marine Security Guard, Canberra. And mighty proud of it.

May 1995     Novel (writing as Bridie Bottari), The Last Real Cirkus, published by Angus and Robertson (imprint of HarperCollins, Aust.)

Jan 1995      Screen-writing short course at the National Institute of the Dramatic Arts, Sydney.

1991-1995    Full-time mother/writer/trouble-shootin’ freelance cook.

1985-1991    Co-owner/chef, AlleyCatz Restaurant, Merimbula, NSW.

1982-85        Chef, Monty’s Restaurant, Merimbula, NSW.

1980-81        Chef, Hubara Restaurant, Wallaga Lake, NSW.

1975-79         Caterer/chef, for various private caterers and establishments in Melbourne, Vic.            

1973-75         Unfinished business (BA), Melbourne University – shameless 1970’s dropout                         (naughty, naughty.)

1972               Matriculation, MCEGGS vent

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