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Artist Statement

With a background in theatre Philip finds that handling hot glass is surprisingly similar to the stage; Spontaneity, improvisation and chance are all elements that he enjoys and exploits, both in the making and in the final installation. 

Stimulated by the sculptural possibilities of human form and the organisation of musculature, Philip creates dialogue between the viscous and sinuous qualities of the glass medium.

Stokes’ latest works are playful groupings excited by fire and inspired by the dance and rhythms of life which are captured in the moment and remain in the colours and contours of the glass forever.

Making large scale works is exactly like a choreographed dance where the ensemble of glass artists works as one to create expressive, movement suggestive sculptural works in hot glass.

Stokes’ architectural sculptures and installations can be found in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong, and the Sheraton Hotel in Xiamen, China amongst many others. He is a regular speaker at creative forums and his work is highly sought after by the private sector.

Philip’s work in glass is not limited to large scale sculptural installations and he has a keen awareness of contemporary applications for age old techniques and forms. Works also include his playful line of murrine vessels and objects which he has been developing this year.

Philip Stokes completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts with Honours in 2000 at Monash University and was awarded the Pilchuck Partnership Scholarship in recognition of his outstanding student work.

He has owned and run his own studio since 2002 and is currently located in Cremorne. His open studio provides hot shop and polishing work access for his contemporaries and looks to support emerging and established glass artists with workshops and with provision of a vibrant arena for creative exchange and dialogue.

A unique part of Philip’s practice is to help build awareness of this age old tradition and on weekends all year round, he invites the public to his studio to observe first hand, this fascinating and exciting art form.

Philip Stokes Profile





20 Gwynne Street
Vic. 3121


Studio: +61 3 9939 7037




Academic History

2000: Honours, Glass, Monash University, Caulfield Campus
1999: Bachelor of Applied Arts - Glass Major, Monash University, Caulfield campus.
1991: Bachelor of Education - Drama & Dance, Victoria College, Rusden campus.

Selected Exhibitions

2011: Encounter Craft Victoria Melbourne
2011: The University of Melbourne’s Early Learning Centre Five years of collaboration with Philip Stokes Studio Glass Melbourne
2011: Art Melbourne Melbourne
2010: Encounter Craft Victoria Melbourne
2010: Design Made Trade Melbourne
2009: Art and Antiques Hong Kong Hong Kong 2nd-3rd October
2009: Ken Field Memorial Art Exhibition Scotch College Melbourne, 8th Oct
2009: This is not a design market State of Design Festival, Melbourne July
2009: Kinetic Streaming Veronica George Gallery, Melbourne 7th May
2008: Philip Stokes Glass 2008 Gallery Ranfurlie, Glen Iris, VIC, 2nd – 6th of September.
2008: Some Like It Hot Glass Plus Gallery, South Melbourne, 29th of April – 24 May.
2007: Ken Field Memorial Art Exhibition Scotch College, Melbourne, VIC, May.
2007: Australian Masters Starcap Galleries, Singapore 21st to 28th of November.
2007: Castalia – Australian Art Glass Gallery-O, Perth, W.A., 21st June to 22nd of July.
2007: Gathering Pace Philip Stokes Studio Glass, Abbotsford 5th July to 15th July.
2007: Pop Ups – Melbourne Design Festival Philip Stokes Studio Glass, Abbotsford 5th July to 15th July.
2007: Sculptural Abstractions Glass Plus Gallery, South Melbourne, 27th Feb to 17th March.
2006: ARTSingapore Represented by Gaffer Studio Glass.
2006: Philip Stokes Studio Glass Opening Abbotsford, Opened 13th November by the hon Rod Kemp.
2006: DIVINE Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2004: SOFA Expo Chicago Chicago, U.S.A.
2004: Ranamok Glass Prize Finalist. Touring Nationally, Australia.
2004: Next Generation (June 2004) Global Art Venue, 1st Avenue South, Seattle, U.S.A.
2004: Blown & Sculptured Glass 2004 Kirra Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC.
2003: IN Form Potters Gallery, Warrandyte, VIC.
2003: Vivacious Flame Charles Smith Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC.
2003: Philip Stokes Freeman Gallery, North Hobart, TAS.
2003: Philip Stokes The Loft- Art Space at Rochford’s Eyton, Coldstream, VIC.
2003: Side By Side Flinders Fine Art Gallery, Flinders, VIC.
2002: Philip Stokes and Dianne Gall Soho Galleries, Sydney NSW
2002: Freeformed Studio Opening Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC.
2002: Fragile Beauties Maroondah Art Gallery, Ringwood VIC .
2002: Dialogue, Stephen Proctor and Friends Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2001: Ranamok Glass Prize Finalist. Touring Nationally, Australia.
2001: Exposed Goya Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2001: Australian Studio Glass Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2001: Ausglass Members Show Monash University Gallery, Caulfield, VIC.
2001: Lust Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2000: Insert Applied Art Graduating Exhibition Monash University.
2000: Sculptured Glass Kirra Australia, Southgate Melbourne.
2000: Fidelity Glass Artists Gallery, Glebe, NSW.
2000: Sassy Student Exhibition Glass Artists Gallery, Glebe, NSW.


2001: Jack Wax, "Generating Parts", Ausglass Conference, Melbourne
2000: Brian Pike, "Sing a hot soup song", Pilchuck, USA


2011: Northlink Chairman's Special Recognition Award for the Northern Business Achievement Awards.
PSSG nominated by City of Yarra for the NBAA business award
Pilchuck Partnership Scholarship (attended August 2000)
1999: D.W.Rogers Award, Monash University, Caulfield Victoria
1999: Best Drawing Folio, Monash University, Caulfield Victoria

Publications and Media

2011: The Weekly Review April 27 – 3 May p.15
2010: Vogue Living Australia November Issue pp.103,104
2009: Surviving Georgia (feature film)
2008: Coxy’s Big Break October, Channel 7.
2008: Glass Act, Herald Sun, Home, March 29, p.16.
2008: 9a.m with David & Kim, 27th of March. Channel Ten
2007: Glass Act, Monash Magazine, # 20, Spring/Summer 07, p.16.
2007: “A Sense of Place. “ Abbotsford Convent documentary
2007: Home Magazine. Herald Sun Sat 10 Feb
2007: Metro, The Age Fri 2nd Feb “Ten minutes with Philip Stokes”
2007: Melbourne Times #46 p17. “A tradition continues in heat of site”
2007: Handmade in Melbourne. Jan Phyland & Janet De Silva, p.128
2006: Poster Magazine Issue 11, pages 28-29 “Art of Glass”
2004: Craft Arts International, Issue 62, pp 91 - 93
2003: Herald Sun. Home, June 14, page 16
2003: Liliydale Yarra Leader, May 5, page 22
2002: The Age. Monday September 23, The Culture “Melbourne the Heart of Glass”
2002: Maroondah Leader. July 16th “Objects of Beauty Satisfy Hearts and Minds”
2002: Craft Arts Magazine, June edition Ranamok Review
2001: The Sydney Morning Herald. Aug 8th “Smash Hit” Exhibitions
2001: The Age Domain. Aug 15th “Sculpted Pieces”
2001: The Age Extra. June 16th “Highly Collectable”
2001: Sydney Morning Herald. Jan 19th Metro Exhibitions
2000: Glass. Design Edition. Urban Glass Magazine USA
1999: Object Magazine #4

Private and Corporate Collections

The Langham Hotel - Hong Kong
Four Seasons Hotel - Hong Kong
Sheraton Hotel - Xiamen, China
Shangri-la Hotel - Beijing, Shanghai, China
Marina Bay Sands Casino - Singapore
Mandarin - Macau
Mezza 9, City of Dreams - Macau
Lan Bar, City of Dreams - Macau
Paiza Venetian - Macau
L'e Hotel - Hong Kong Aberdeen
Ritz Carlton - Shanghai
Jockey Club (Members Club) - Hong Kong
Okura Hotel Galaxy Casino- Macau
Metropolitan Hotel-Tianjin, China
Manhattan Heights- Sun Hun Kai, Hong Kong
Grand Hyatt -Shenzhen, China
Rialto Hotel Concierge -Melbourne
Crown Casino Mahogany Room - Melbourne
Toyota Head Office - Melbourne
Origin Energy Head Office - Melbourne
Melbourne Club - Melbourne
Villa Alba - Melbourne
Como Hotel - Melbourne
Royal Freemasons - Melbourne
Viridian - Melbourne
Bruce Henderson Architects - Melbourne
Arthur Gallan Clothing - Melbourne/Sydney
Orlik Denmark - Melbourne