Blanche Tilden holds a degree in Glass and a Graduate Diploma in Gold and Silversmithing from the Canberra School of Art, ANU. In 1996 Blanche completed an Australia Council Traineeship with Susan Cohn, Workshop 3000, Melbourne.
Tilden has exhibited contemporary jewellery nationally and internationally since 1990. An innovative approach to materials, in particular, glass, has developed over this time. Her work is held a number of public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, and the Corning Museum of Glass, USA. Most recently she has been commissioned by the Australia Council for the Arts to produce the 2010 Australia Council Visual Arts Award, and Visual Arts Medal.
A desire to understand how things work, the relationship between the machine made and the handmade, between the built environment and the individual, continually inspires Tilden’s jewellery.
It is the response of the wearer that makes jewellery succeed for me. The connection that can develop once a piece of jewellery I have made becomes precious to someone else, once it becomes part of their persona, their life, their experience, is the aspect of my practice that I value the most.
Blanche Tilden, 2011