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 consisting of artists, collectors, interested members of the public and related institutions.

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NZSAG Conference ‘Light+Form’


Sat 22nd, Sun 23rd, & Mon 24th October, 2016

NZSAG are very proud to hosting its 20th Biennial 2016 Conference in Auckland, and celebrating this significant accomplishment.

The aim of this conference is to explore and examine the unique relationship between ‘light’ and ‘glass form’, and in gaining a greater understanding of how the interaction of light and form influences the glass craft, design, techniques and processes.

Eleven prominent National and International artists and lecturers have been chosen, for their glass craft, art and design techniques and processes at the 2016 Conference.  These stimulating lectures are and incredible opportunity for the development of NZ glass artists, and are designed to help learn new levels of creativity and to motivate you with fresh and artistic ideas.

So dare to be inspired, and join us by registering early to receive the discount, attend the glass workshops, and book your accommodation using the Conference special booking code.  Remember to include the Saturday night Conference dinner special for $45 (normally $60pp), where the members Exhibition  Awards will be announced and presented.

You can download more detailed information here:
NZSAG 2016 ‘LIGHT + FORM’ Conference Brochure,
NZSAG Exhibition prize list and the Members Exhibition Terms and Conditions.

NZSAG 2016 exhibition entry form
NZSAG 2016 terms  conditions members exhibition

For any further enquiries please contact either Francia Smeets (Treasurer) or Heather Olesen (President)

NZSAG Conference 2016

The speakers for the 2016 NZSAG Conference have been finalised and it promises to be an exciting event. We will also be facilitating a number of informative workshops before and after the Conference.

We encourage non-members who are wanting to receive regular updates and newsletters about the Conference/Workshops to fill in a membership application, which can be found under the title ‘Members’ on this website.

For further enquiries, please email president@nzsag.co.nz

NZSAG Members’ Exhibition 2015

NZSAGmembershipexhibition2015.Carmen Simmonds

The New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass is having its annual exhibition from October 20 to November 15, 2015, at the TSB Wallace Arts Centre in Auckland.

Entry forms MUST be submitted no later than September 25, 2015.

Please see the links below for further information and an entry form:



Pictured Above: Caught #2, by Carmen Simmonds. Image: Tracey Grant Photography.



Winter Art Market


We are very excited to present another wonderful exhibition opportunity for NZSAG members.

The Winter Art Market is being held in conjunction with New Zealand’s largest national food and wine event – the ‘NZ Food Show’ – from July 29 to August 2, 2015.

The Market is located at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland and we are expecting the same large public exposure to our glass exhibition as with the Easter Show. We therefore encourage all members to plan and enter your work for this event as soon as possible.

For entry information, the detailed application form is attached.

The NZSAG Committee is looking forward to showcasing your fantastic glass artwork at this huge event.


Easter Show 2015

The Easter Show is over for another year and the glass exhibition looked amazing. There were 96 entries – 18 more than last year. This event provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the quality and diversity of New Zealand glass and we received a really positive response from the public. Thank you to all the NZSAG members who participated. Here […]

Glass Blowing Scholarships

keith grinter

Do you know someone who wants to study practical art and blowing glass?

Glass Blowing Scholarships are now available from The Learning Connexion, giving you the opportunity to learn the basics of glass blowing in the Grinter Glass studio in Whangarei.

You can apply for a glass blowing scholarship when you apply to study for a Certificate or Diploma of Art and Creativity at The Learning Connexion.

For more details go to http://www.tlc.ac.nz/enrolment/scholarships/ or contact Keith directly on 0272558727.

Applications for the Grinter Glass scholarships are open to both new and returning students who are signing up for study with The Learning Connexion.

Vicki Torr Prize


This year’s Vicki Torr Memorial Prize has been awarded to George Agius for her work Whanau: A Breakfast for Ancestors (pictured above).

The work represents the bringing together of six family members from George’s lineage to have breakfast made by her.

Ausglass has described the work as “a playful, heartfelt and engaging piece. There is so much to look at and enjoy about this work. A well-deserved winner.”

George, who is originally from New Zealand and studied at the Wanganui Glass School, is now a practicing artist at Adelaide’s JamFactory.

Wanganui Masterclass



Transposing Glass
March 29 – April 1, 2015
Wanganui, New Zealand

It’s time to register for Denise Pepper’s Masterclass in Pate De Verre!

There are now just four places remaining.

The workshop will also coincide with Wanganui’s Artist Open Studio event.

For more information, or to register, email claudia@claudiaborella.com

Easter Show Reminder


 Only 5 days left!

It’s now time to organise your entry for the 2015 Royal Easter Show.

All forms need to be received by Saturday, February 28.

Your work should be couriered or hand delivered to the ASB Showgrounds between March 25-28, 2015.

For more information, go to  http://www.eastershow.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2015-Easter-Show-Art-Competition-Schedule.pdf