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Silvana developed a passion for glass over the years, having progressed from lead-lighting to fusing and casting. Glass has an immense versatility and is one of the few mediums that can transmit as well as reflect light. Silvana uses a range of techniques that she has learnt and developed, often making use of the movement arising from the fluidity of the glass when it is hot. Her inspiration comes from her experiences, memories and surroundings. This varies from the ocean inspired pieces reflecting her experiences as a subsea engineer and scuba diver, to pieces inspired by her rural setting in the hills, and work reflecting memories of when she was young. With Silvana's scientific background, she also likes to investigate the geometry present in both manmade and naturally occurring structures, and the opposition to the fluidity of the natural elements. Silvana is an award-winning glass artist. She started working in fused glass in 2009 and has attended numerous courses with renowned glass artists. She has exhibited in art shows all around Australia and won several awards: Emerging Artist Award at MAGE 2014, Mansfield, Victoria; finalist at Tom Malone 2017, AGWA, Perth; winner of the Gordon Award at Glass+, Kalamunda, 2017 & 2019; 2nd Prize at Claremont Art Show; and commended at Darlington Arts Festival Open Art Exhibition 2018 & 2019.