Welcome to the New Zealand Glass Society!

Artists are represented in glass practices including: blowing, kiln casting, flame working, fusing, stained glass, pate-de-verre, cold construction and mixed media.

Established in 1980, NZSAG is a non-profit organisation with more than 200 members consisting of artists, collectors, interested members of the public and related institutions.

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Image & Object Conference

The NZSAG conference is upon us!  We look forward to celebrating our members’ exhibition tonight, 24 October from 6pm-8pm at the Pah Homestead in Auckland. On Saturday, 25 October, we’ll be starting promptly at 9am with a key note speech from Keith Cummings, linking in from the UK. Click on the conference brochure link below to see the timetable for the weekend and information on all our speakers*.

2014 Conference Brochure

Conference Brochure










*please note, Holly Grace is joining us from Australia instead of Hyunsung Cho.

Image & Object: Conference Updates

Our members exhibition registration form is available. Download it here! We’re really looking forward to some outstanding entries.
Prizes generously donated from national and international supporters:
The Wallace Arts Trust
Claudia Borella Glass Design
Ann Robinson
Te Rongo Kirkwood
Affordable Inspirations
Di Tocker
Craft Arts International
Gaffer Glass
Diamond Edge

Image & Object: Conference Speakers

Hyunsung Cho

Hyunsung Cho - Inner Harbor Hyunsung Cho is another guest artist joining us for Image + Object in October at the Jubilee Hall in Parnell, Auckland. Now living in the USA, Hyunsung is a Korean glass blower who creates large scale blown sculptural forms (different to what we have seen before in New Zealand,) and treats them with surface enamels. Much of Hyunsung’s imagery pertains to the city environments in which he lives, and this often influences his forms, such as the ‘Rearview Mirror’ series: blown glass forms, made and mounted to look like giant car rearview mirrors, adorned with enamel images of power poles and traffic traveling behind. Hyunsung is planning to teach a five day glass blowing, enameling and firing workshop at Grinter Glass in Whangarei, where students can choose to focus on one or both aspects.  Find out more about Hyunsung here. Contact Grinter Glass to get more details on the workshop, and to reserve a space.

Image & Object: Conference workshops

There’s a stellar line-up for the 2014 NZSAG conference, Image + Object.  We’ll continue to update you with workshop information, speaker teasers, and other useful information over the next months.  The committee looks forward to seeing you in Auckland in October!

April Surgent

April Surgent Workshop

April works in Seattle as a glass engraver utilizing digital photographic resource material as a basis for cameo carving. She uses layered fused flat glass panels and overlaid blown glass to create works vastly different from traditional cameo glass.

Figurative engraving is of increasing interest as practitioners look for alternative ways of creating marks and images on glass. Fusers and blowers alike will be interested in seeing April’s unique layering system for creating cutting blanks and how she views preparing/layering an image to cut.

April will be speaking during our Image + Object conference, and is leading a workshop, 21-23 October.

Find out more about April here.


Easter Show Glass Exhibition

Congratulations to our winners and all the artists who put their work into the Easter Show.  The Judges commented on the high calibre of the entries and we had all five glass working techniques covered – casting, blowing, fusing and slumping, flamwork and lead lighting. The pictures below were taken at the exhibition showing the six winning pieces followed by the members who gained merit awards.  Check out our Facebook page to see more.






























New Website

The NZSAG committee has upgraded our website to offer more features to our members. Such as a Blog, larger images, and a more modern ‘look’. This now gives us a place for the President and Editor to upload Blog style news and information for members.

Any news items should be sent to: news@nzsag.co.nz