Karen Cunningham

Born and based in Adelaide, South Australia, Karen Cunningham divides her time between JamFactory and her studio in the hills. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Glass) degree at the University of South Australia. Her Honours (First Class) work was selected for the PICA National Graduate Exhibition, 2005, and given the Design Institute of Australia Achievement Award for Glass Design.


During the two year Design Associate intensive training program at JamFactory, she was selected for the Pilchuck Scholarship, taking her to Seattle for a workshop at the renowned Pilchuck Glass School. After completing the Associateship, Cunningham became a JamFactory studio tennant before joining the esteemed Blue Pony studio for 3 years.


Cunningham has worked and trained in the U.S.A, Turkey, Europe and the U.K where she was mentored by design legend Marc Newson in his London studio. She is the current Creative Director of the Glass Studio at JamFactory and her work has won two national design awards. The most recent being for the new work created in collaborative partnership with fellow JamFactory alumni glass artist, Mandi King, under the moniker, illumini.