After graduating from the Whanganui School of Glass in 2012 Lewis had the opportunity to gain professional experience working with several established glass artists in New Zealand.
In 2015 he relocated to Adelaide, Australia to undergo the two-year Associate Training Program at JamFactory. Since completing the program Lewis continues his practise out of the JamFactory facilities.
Lewis’ work has been recognised for its innovation and originality and has been selected as finalists in both the 2016 and 2018 FUSE Glass Prize for Australian and New Zealand glass, and Young Glass 2017 in Ebeltoft, Denmark. In 2012 he received the Ann Robinson Glass Award. In June 2018 Lewis was invited to co-teach a glassblowing fundamentals class alongside Madeline Prowd at Pilchuck International Glass School in Washington State, USA. This workshop focused on form, application of colour and patterning techniques.
As an artist Lewis’ focus has been the vessel. Lewis aims to create aesthetically driven works that pay respects to the tradition and craftsmanship of the material. Form and proportion are essential elements in this work and each surface is a canvas in which to carry a pattern or texture.
When creating texture Lewis employs multiple coldworking techniques to remove areas of glass. This process allows him to create an illusion of depth in his work.
“Even though the coldworking process is long and laborious it is extremely rewarding to see the designs I have sketched on paper slowly come to life and take on a three-dimensional form. It is essential that any line I create does not interfere with the form but accentuates it”