Jacqueline Clayton is Head of the Ceramics Studio at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW and former Head of the School of Design Studies. She has a long-standing interest in contemporary glass, and was centrally involved in the establishment and administration of the glass programme at the University of Western Sydney.
Jacqueline is principal of the design and production studio 'Press to Play'. She exhibits regularly in Australia and overseas, and is active in supporting art/craft/design practice through curatorial activities and publication.
Ivana Jirasek has been Coordinator at Artsuppport Australia, an initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts to increase cultural philanthropy, since 2003. She had previously worked on Craft Policy for the Australia Council after long involvement with the contemporary craft community as curator and writer. She has worked for Craft Queensland, and was Contemporary Craft Curator for a partnership of the Centre for Contemporary Craft (now known as Object), Wollongong City Gallery, University of Wollongong and the NSW Regional Galleries Association.
She catalogued the National Art Glass Collection at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, and worked on glass projects for a partnership involving the National Gallery of Australia, Curator Geoffrey Edwards and The Thomas Foundation. She has been actively involved in Ausglass, and has made presentations about Australian glass at international glass events including the ICOM Glass Committee Conference, the National Glass Centre at Sunderland and at Gallery Enomoto during the GAS conference Seto, Japan.
Ivana has been a past Judge of the Ranamok Glass Prize in 1997 and 2006.
John Odgers is the National Manager - Creative Industries at Austrade, the federal government's trade and investment facilitation agency. He is based in Sydney.
In this role he oversees the global creative industries team of 24 Industry and Export Advisers and Business Development Managers in Australia and in 14 overseas markets. This network provides advice and assistance to businesses in the creative industries when they are beginning their export journey, and when they are exporting. His role includes providing advice on the creative industries within Austrade, and to the Trade Minister, as well as contributing to policy and strategy for arts export programs.
Andy Plummer is an Executive Director of Excel Coal Ltd. He and his wife, Deirdre, collect contemporary glass from Australia and New Zealand.