Tegan Empson graduated from the University of Technology in Perth, Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1995, majoring in clay and glass. In 2005 she also gained a First Class Honours in Visual Arts from the South Australian School of Art.
Tegan has received many awards and grants including the Arts SA Project Grant to research and develop new sculptural work. Her work can be found in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Europe and the USA.
She explains her current series of glass rabbits:
Part portrait, part modern day idol, part worry doll?
These hybridized blown glass figures, were inspired by my Chinese sign the Rabbit, and continue my research spanning ancient to present day pop culture manifestations of human and animal forms.
From my desire to create work of an emotive nature, this series incorporates more human sensibilities by evoking the thoughts and emotions derived from simple movements and small everyday gestures.