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May 5, 2017

Cheeditha artists showcased their skills in fusing, shaping and forming glass into wearable and decorative works of art for the Minister for Regional Development on a visit to their art studio last Friday, 28 April.

Since installation of a new kiln in December, the Cheeditha Art Group now has eight practicing glass artists who have created more than 60 distinctive pieces for sale at markets and local retail outlets.

“We will soon launch our first creative workshops through the Cossack Art Awards Cultural Program where anyone will be able to come along and learn the of glass art making techniques,” Cheeditha Community Manager Carrie McDowell said.

“The grant through the Pilbara Development Commission provided us with the support we needed to establish an art glass enterprise, something the community is very passionate and excited about.”

Glass was selected as an alternative creative medium to painting to enable the artists to reach new markets while still offering a means of cultural expression.

“It is good to learn different ways to make art, we like glass because it is different. It is good for us at Cheeditha to have the glass here so we can help make the community stronger,” Cheeditha artist Kaye Warrie said.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said this was a great example of community-led project that is making a difference.

“The launch of the art glass studio has created new employment opportunities and given community members a new level of financial independence, which is a fantastic outcome for the region,” Mr Hill said.

Cheeditha Art Glass products are currently available to purchase from the Karratha and Roebourne Visitors Centres.

The Cheeditha Art Glass Enterprise was supported through the Pilbara Community Chest Fund, administered by the Pilbara Development Commission.

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