Justine McLaren is an artist based in Canberra, Australia. She is a graduate of the Australian National University School of Art and Design (Sculpture) and after finishing her degree studied textile and plant fibre weaving in Laos and Vanuatu. A life-time plant lover and gardener, Justine was exploring the integration of living plants into her work when she started experimenting with glass at Canberra Glassworks in 2018. In 2020 she exhibited her first solo show of flameworked glass and for that work was chosen as a finalist in the Blake Art Prize, at Casula Powerhouse in Sydney.

At the height of COVID, in 2020, Justine moved with her family to Geneva. In February 2022 her work featured alongside fellow Swiss Glass Forum (Verarte) members, at the UN's opening Conference for the International Year of Glass at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. 

She subsequently built on her flameworking and glass casting skills at Cerfav, France, and studied under scientific and creative flameworker, Sonja Bischofberger in Fribourg, Switzerland.

Justine has worked in both the horticultural and cultural sectors, including with the Australian National Arboretum in Canberra and Canberra Glassworks.

Her work has been exhibited in Australia, Scotland, Laos, and Switzerland. It was most recently featured in the group show
Artifex23, at the Kapuzinerkloster, in Solothurn, Switzerland.

Portrait by Trevor Viney