Following study at the renowned Australian National University School of Art in Canberra, Mel Douglas has gone on to exhibit her work at galleries in Australia, the United States, Italy and Singapore. Douglas’ glass has been featured in numerous international publications and is included in the permanent museum collections including the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. Her delicate, subtle work has earned Douglas many grants and awards, including the 2002 Ranamok Glass Prize.
"Creating my work is integral to the reading of each piece. The slow process of construction and realisation manifests in the finished blown and engraved object. I aim to concentrate the viewer’s attention on the proportion and linear relationships of the work. Each line is a unique mark influenced by the object’s physical shape and surface; it is a contour, a stroke, an outline. The repetitious and time-consuming method of mark making is not only a meditative process; in its very creation it describes a singular moment and a certain place."