Born in Wellington in 1955, Christine Cathie has been casting glass since 2000. Employing tapered edges and curvaceous silhouettes, her sculptural forms draw lines through space, exploiting the translucent nature of glass to establish a dialogue between light, density and mass, and the shadow of shape and texture, and lending a smooth and tactile moment of movement to achieve balance and harmony.
A four times finalist in the Australian Ranamok Glass Prize, Cathie was selected for the New Zealand show ‘Southern Exposure’ at the prestigious Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark in 2004. She was commissioned to design the awards for the Arts Foundation of New Zealand’s ‘New Generation Awards’ in 2006. Her work is held in private, public and corporate collections both nationally and internationally.
Katie Brown is one of only a small handful of full-time female glassblowing artists in New Zealand. Having graduated from the Diploma in Glass Design and Production in 1999 at Whanganui UCOL,
Katie now works at Chronicle Glass Studio – the only “open” glass studio in the Whanganui-Manawatu-Wellington region.
Whilst studying, Katie met internationally renowned American glass artist Josh Simpson, and was invited to travel to Massachusetts to become part of his glassmaking team. After three years working in the United States, Katie moved to England where she worked with several glassmakers, one of them being environmental glass artist Neil Wilkin.
Working with Wilkin proved to be a pivotal time in Katie’s career.
Having her own work space alongside Wilkin enabled Katie to produce her own work, gaining invaluable tutelage in the process.
Since the latter part of 2003, Katie has dedicated her time toward helping Chronicle Glass to become operational as a full-time open studio. The space is well-suited to public viewing and invites participation from the audience.
Much of Katie’s work is inspired by the natural world and this is reflected within her use of hot glass. Through her use of colour and cold techniques her pieces display a delicate sense of structure.
Katie’s work reflects her versatility, producing a variety of pieces ranging from jewelry to goblets, bowls, platters and ambience lighting.
Lyndsay Patterson graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wanganui Polytechnic. Lyndsay is well a known maker of contemporary NZ glass and is represented by galleries in each of the main centers of New Zealand. He also has representation in Australia and Hong Kong. His work is held in public and private collections including Te Papa Tongarewa and The Dowse. He has twice been a finalist in the prestigious Ranamok Glass Prize, an Australian-based glass competition.
He is a recent past President of the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG). In this capacity, Lyndsay represented New Zealand glass artists in Denmark at the opening of Southern Exposure a Survey of New Zealand Glass in 2004. "I am fascinated by glass, its rich traditions, its endless possibilities and the challenge working with hot glass always presents."
Artists Statement: Glass is a unique medium because it can colour, shape, bend and reflect light. In it's purest form as clear glass it is invisible, seen only by its effect on the light that passes through it. I am intrigued by the limitless possibilities with colour and pattern that are possible using murrine ( slices of coloured glass). The process of consciously composing complex and intricate tessellating patterns in two dimensions, before expanding these into a three dimensional blown form is breathtaking and exhilarating at the same time. I like the analogy with music: the spectrum is like an octave, and colours are like musical notes. When consciously arranged in a harmonious composition, beautiful music for the eyes can arise in glass via the interplay of light with pattern, colour and form. The impetus behind my work is the joy I derive in creating new and unique pieces as I explore this infinite area. My work is a documentation of my exploration of glass as well as my attempt to make beautiful music along the way.
Born in 1972 Dominic studied social science at Otago University then interior design, before graduating in 2003 from Wanganui glass design school. What draws me to design and production of glass forms is the formal qualities in composition. I am drawn to the aesthetic placement of point, line and plane and the use of colour within this.
The ‘Tower’ series of work speaks of pushing conventions of traditional blown glass forms, using opaque colours to add spatial depth. Each segment is hand blown using colour overlays. It is then cut using a diamond wheel, ground down using a flat bed grinder, sandblasted and edged. The completed segments are then fused together forming the finished tower.
Gary Nash has been working with hot glass since 1978 and is one of the pioneers of the studio glass movement in New Zealand. He joined Sunbeam Glassworks in Auckland 1981 as a full-time glass artist and acquired ownership of Sunbeam seven years later. Today he continues to operate the studio as Nash Glass, pursuing his own personal exploration of the glass medium.
Gary has developed an international reputation through the strength and quality of his work in the Art-Glass realm. He is an honorary life member and past President of the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass.
Gary also served as a local body politician as deputy chairman of Western Bays Community Board, Auckland 1989-92.
In 2001, he was made an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services to Glass Art.
Leanne Williams was born in Wellington New Zealand in 1966. She attended Victoria University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Teaching. In 1998 she returned to study and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at Wanganui Polytechnic. Her painting practice also included mixed media installation work that was exhibited in major public galleries and museums within New Zealand. As well as a practicing artist, Leanne has also spent 3 years teaching and lecturing in fine arts.
Jim Dennison was born in Masterton, New Zealand in 1962. He attended Victoria University in Wellington where he completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ecology. In 1998 he returned to study and completed a Diploma of Glass Production and Design at Wanganui Polytechnic. While studying he was awarded an ‘Honourable Mention’ at the International Student Exhibition, 31st Glass Art Society Conference, Corning. He has been technical assistant to renowned artists Ann Robinson, Irene Frolic and Warren Langley.
In 2001 Leanne and Jim started their collaboration in glass. Since then their work has been selected for major glass exhibitions within New Zealand, most noticeably “Southern Exposure” 2003-4, “Glass Invitational 2005” and “Birds” 2006. They were the feature artists in the New Zealand survey exhibition for the 2005 GAS conference in Adelaide. They continue to be at the forefront of contemporary glass in New Zealand and have recently been awarded a Merit in New Zealand’s inaugural National Glass Award 2006. In 2007 they were awarded a fellowship at the Creative Glass Centre of America at Wheaton Arts and Cultural centre. Their work is included in the permanent collection at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark and Government House, New Zealand. They are published in New Glass Review 25 and major New Zealand publications, Urbis, New Zealand Architecture, Artnews and Artzone. Both artists live, work and teach glass in their own collaborative studio in Martinborough, New Zealand.
Born in Auckland in 1969, Stephen Bradbourne grew up in West Auckland and attended Carrington Polytech between 1988 and 1991, graduating with a Diploma in Craft Design(major in ceramics). He immediately received critical recognition for his ceramic work and was awarded a Judges Commendation at the internationally acclaimed Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Awards in 1993.
In 1992 Stephen was offered a job at Sunbeam Glassworks were he quickly found an affinity for glassblowing, soon becoming an efficient and highly skilled production blower. Over the next decade he maintained dual careers in both ceramics and hot glass, successfully exhibiting works in both medium.
In 2005 Stephen left his position at Sunbeam Glassworks to focus fully on his own designs, specializing in intricate traditional Italian glass techniques which include Murrine, Mosaic and Twisted Cane styles. Stephen is now regarded as one of New Zealand’s most multi-talented and original glass artists. He has been the recipient of many awards winning both the Cavalier Bremworth Luminous Glass Award and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Glass Award in 2007.
Stephen continues to exhibit widely in both solo and group shows and his work is included in many public and private collections both in New Zealand and Internationally.
Paul Mason is no newbee to Piece Gallery, and we are delighted that he has returned with new pieces to our gallery.
A recent article by Junction Magazine, Cath Lewis explained about the phenomenon that is Paul Mason - his background and where he is today.
It says: Paul Mason has never thought of himself as an artist. It is a title he bestows less often than men are knighted and one that he shrugs off despite his work being held in the collections of both Te Papa and Auckland Museums.
Paul grew up in Hamilton and spent most Saturdays at work in his father’s engineering workshop learning how to lathe and mill machine parts.
Aged 13 he disconnected the water pump from the house and mounted it on the back of his wooden trolley. He’d figured out how to build a clutch and so by the time his parents returned home he was circuiting the house at thirty miles per hour.
The article is an amazing one, to read more, click here...