Julio at the opening of his March 2010 exibition at the Maitland Region Art Gallery

Portugese-born Julio Santos was only 12 when he was apprenticed to the National Fabrica de Vitros to learn glassblowing, the skill for which the city of Marinha Grande is famous. Santos settled in Australia in 1968 to take up a position with Philips Lighting Industries, Newcastle. In 1974 he established his first studio glass workshop in Cardiff, NSW. He has lectured in glass at The University of Newcastle (1976-78) and Caulfield Institute of Technology (1978-82). He returns often to Marinha Grande to exhibit and to work with local glassblowers. In 1998, he was honoured by the city as the Most Internationally Recognised Master Glassblower of Portugal. For The Glass Art Society’s 35th Annual Conference in Adelaide (May, 2005), Santos demonstrated glassblowing in the Crown Corning mobile hot shop. Santos’ work is held by major public collections, including the Queensland Art Gallery, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia and the National Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. He works from the studio he established 1982, in Tomago, NSW.

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