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Journeys : August September 2009
Later, I watched as Richard coaxed the same red boro-silicate glass into the shape of a strawberry, then welded it with a deft dab of the blow-torch to the tongue of a whimsical glass fish that we had commissioned. Our blue-tongued strawberry cod survived children and still has pride of place on a shelf at home. Richard Clements has lived and worked in Franklin since he arrived in Tasmania in the 1970s. Today, he shares his studio with his daughter Jemma, a talented glass artist in her own right. sunny afternoon in summer. It was cool in the shade of his cherry orchard above the Huon River at Franklin, but inside the furnace room where he and an assistant were experimenting with the industrial process of making coloured glass, the heat was searing. Glass on the river Chris Viney I Huon River first met Tasmanian glass artist Richard Clements back in the early 90s on a fairly hit-and-miss. In his no-nonsense London accent, Richard himself described it as ‘glass-making by Mr Heath and Mr bleedin’ Robinson’. The furnace was a home-made job, designed and built by Richard’s father – everyone felt a bit nervous about it – and the business of mixing materials seemed But when the glowing lump of molten glass was lifted out of the furnace on the end of a blowpipe and a lengthening finger-thick ruby rod, five metres and more of it, was drawn from the lump and laid to cool and harden in a steel tray that extended out into the orchard, the beauty and the excitement of the process enthralled us all. Tasplan... ...your natural choice for super in Tasmania. Call 1800 005 166 today. Tassie’s largest profits-to-members industry super fund. You should consider whether the product is right for you and read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before making any decisions about Tasplan. Please call 1800 005 166 to obtain a copy of the Tasplan PDS. Tasplan Ltd: ABN 13 009 563 062, AFS Licence No. 235391, RSE Licence No. L0000680. Tasplan Super: RSE No. R1000924. The historic river-town of Franklin makes a great base for explorations of the Huon, Channel and Bruny Island region – and a visit to the Clements family’s Chameleon Glass Studio should be a highlight of a stay in the valley. www.richardclements.com In the town itself and in the wider area, these are just a few of the experiences waiting for you. In and around Franklin Set in the hills above Franklin, Whispering Spirit’s accommodation options include a two-bedroom strawbale cottage with spa, wood heater and fully-equipped kitchen. There’s also the one-bedroom Cosy Cottage. The views are magnificent – mountains, farmland, the river valley and even the fields of a miniature horse stud. www.whisperingspirit.com.au 38 August / September 09 Tourism Tasmania and Rick Eaves 81919
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