Born in France, Desgenétez has worked, taught and exhibited in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including the “Prix d’Honneur de la Fondation de France” (Paris, France), and two Saxe Awards from Pilchuck Glass School in 1997 and 2004 (Stanwood, USA). Her work is included in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, Canberra, Australia, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA and the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. She has been teaching at the Glass Workshop of the Australian National University in Canberra since 2005.
“I am interested in exploring ideas of relationships, love and space between people,” says Desgenétez. “I also want to consider our connection to the sense of touch in an abstract way. In a time when when the culture of society is becoming more cosmetic than practical, the relevance of the hand and the ‘hand-made’ is in question. The hand of the maker is so far removed that many people forget its existence. I strive to celebrate my relationship to the medium, and therefore my relationship to a long heritage of makers, a whole history of skills, by infusing my work with reverence to the history of blown glass through a rigorous technical approach.”