Originally a Marine Biologist, David Hobday has been a practising glass artist for over 25 years.
Since 2003 David has been developing a range of free standing glass-works capturing Australia's magnificent marine life.
Throughout my working life as a marine biologist, I also pursued a fascination for working with glass. It is no surprise therefore, that my work conveys an intimate knowledge of and inspiration from the marine environment. I started my glass journey with lead-lighting in the 1970’s and have progressively experimented and developed to my glass today involving extensive use of kiln-formed or fused and slumped glass. My current work ranges from studio pieces including freestanding works, window panels and plates to larger scale sculptures and windows.
An ongoing theme of my work has been the wave. I am fascinated by the fact that the waves we see have often been conceived in waters far far away, spawned by wind, magnified by storms and transported many kilometers as ocean swell to rise up in one final stand, breaking in a last display of energy before landing on the shore. I aim to capture that final moment in time using the watery qualities of glass.