Mel Douglas

Mel Douglas working

Mel Douglas (Australia, 1978) lives and works in Canberra. Her technique consists of a slow and deliberate engraved mark making process that is in direct relation to the objects' physical and linear forms.

Mel Douglas has worked as an independent studio artist since 2000. In 2020 she was awarded her PhD from the Australian National University for practice-lead research investigating how studio glass can be understood through the aesthetics of drawing. In addition to winning the 2020 and 2014 Tom Malone Prize, a prestigious award through which a work is acquired each year into the collection of the National Gallery of Western Australia, the artist has received several major awards including the Ranamok Glass Prize in 2002, the International Young Glass Award in 2007 from Ebeltolft and in 2022 she was a finalist in the Loewe Craft Prize.

In 2019 her work was the inaugural acquisition for the NGA’s Robert and Eugenie Bell Decorative Arts and Design Fund. Douglas’ work is held in the private collections and public institutions internationally, including the Corning Museum of Glass, New York, the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; the Ebeltoft Museum of Glass, Denmark, and National Gallery of Australia, Australia.