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Tina Cooper Gallery

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by Loni Joy (subscribe)
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Published June 23rd 2013
Step inside this gallery for something entirely different
Tina Cooper is an amazing lady. She has been involved with blowing glass for 23 years and it's her sheer persistence and determination that got her where she is today. Initially, Tina worked in various other mediums, such as ceramics, dress designing, clay and leather. That all changed the day she ran into two glass blowers who lived up in Montville.

Tina Cooper
Glass Blown Creations

Tina had been trying to figure out where she fitted into the bigger scheme of things but the moment she laid eyes on glass blowing she knew she had found her calling. She told me "all that heat, team work and fluidity of the glass somehow had a huge impact on me."

She pestered the guys about getting involved but this was not an industry women had preciously entered. Tina says "I was 30 years old, they told me I'd have to go to college and get an apprenticeship. I was a single mum at the time and didn't want to go that way. So I annoyed them sufficiently until they allowed me to become their unpaid helper."

As luck would have it, she rented a place with one of the glass blowers, (Mark) and when he had a falling out with his business partner, Tina and Mark started their own business named "Martina." "All we had was $2,500 so one day we went for a drive and out of pure intuition I visited Queensland milk and as luck would have it, they were refurbishing. Subsequently, they sold us a huge stainless steel piece for $250. We drove home at 5 kms per hour, elated to have our first piece of equipement" said Tina.

Tina was thrown in the deep end and worked solidly for two years alongside Mark, learning the trade. Eventually, in 1991, they opened a shop in Buderim with an open access studio and $250,000 worth of equipment, a far cry from their previous set up.

another piece of glass
Creatively beautiful glass ware

Tina then assisted for 5 years before branching out and creating her own little pieces which she then sold through the Eumundi Markets. Finally galleries began buying her work and it was time to move on, to begin creating her larger pieces.View some more pieces for yourself.

Tina Cooper
The artist herself

"I've now studied under every master there is to learn new skills and I work with an amazing team. I need up to 6 people to help me work on larger pieces. It's very expensive work and some of the other glass blowing businesses have closed," said Tina.

In the main street of Eumundi Tina Cooper's gallery is home to her beautiful vibrant works of art, as she welcomes a steady stream of customers and curious onlookers. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays you can watch a glass blower named Wolfgang Engel in action as he works out in the back section of Tina's Shop.

Wolfgang Engel
Wolfgang 'hot flame artist'

It was amazing to watch the level of concentration and expertise that he displayed as he heated the glass, added little strands of colour and when he took it off the heat, gently blowing into it to make it bigger. Standing beside me were ooh's and ahh's from the audience as we watched Wolfgang at work.

Glass blown earrings
These were some of the earrings on display Wolfgang had made

Tina Cooper Gallery is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sunday.
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When: Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun
Phone: 54428110
Where: 93 Memorial Drive Eumundi
Cost: Free entry
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She has some beautiful vases.
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Incredible. Great article. I love the story.
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