In 2008 I started learning the craft of glass casting. It is an ongoing challenging technical process, which I’m eager to learn. The unique qualities of glass as a sculptural medium allow me to bring contrast with colour and the use of light in my mix media pieces.
I like working with simple forms, mixing and matching with playful concepts. Most of my work shows clear and strong lines.
phone: +64(0)7 887 600
Mob: +64(0)27 37 33 800
Studio: 278 Seifert Road, Tauhei, Morrinsville
(by appointment only)
From a broad perspective, my work operates on a metaphorical level, exploring the universal boundaries of language and semantics – sign and symbolism that can transcend cultural barriers to create a common dialogue or language.
From this perspective, the work remains unable to be stylistically classified as typically Australian, Italian, Japanese or Pacific, although with certainty the independent philosophies of these cultures continue to influence the personal development of my work.
Working in this way with glass, I aim to emphasise the concept of art without boundaries.
Mobile: +64 (0)21 249 9468
Dunedin & Queenstown, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Deakin ACT Australia
Prism Contemporay Art
Bullseye Connection Gallery
Portland, Oregan, USA
Koru Contemporary Art
Aberdeen, Hong Kong
My background in engineering serves me well in creative endeavours using glass and metal. Being at the leading edge of glass design for over thirty years, past, present and future inspires the glass design. Creating new pieces sets the challenge: finishing the piece completes the dream.
18 Paruru Ave, Northcote, Auckland
phone: +64(0)9 419 1148
My interest in vessels and water started in early childhood.
I can remember removing the bark from our tree tomato tree to make a canoe.
Since then I’ve lived on a yacht, sailed the pacific, and researched the seafaring culture of the South Pacific.
My sculptures reflect the histories of distant cultures, united by their relationship with the ocean. They pay homage to my Celtic heritage and the culture of my homeland, New Zealand.
They convey the idea of migration, narrative, and transportation of cultural beliefs and traditions. These sculptures allude to the importance of the sea in the practical and spiritual life of these cultures.
Glass with it’s colour, transparency and reflection is an ideal medium to express the essence of water and the spiritual nature of these vessels.
The lost wax casting process allows time to contemplate the development of the form and to push the technical boundaries. The tattooed patterns are individually carved into the wax and tell a story.
Mahy Glass Studio, 8 Quayside, Town Basin,
phone: +64(0)9 438 9810
Te Papa Tongarewa
Burning Issues Gallery
Karen’s eye for bold palettes and geometric shapes transforms colour and the luminous play of light through glass into quirky, surprising fused glass artworks. Her random acts of glass cutting are inspired by such everyday delights as a favourite cushion, light through a leaf, or a derelict shed leaning in a paddock.
Originally a hospital pharmacist, then a medical writer and freelance journalist/photographer, Canadian-born Karen first picked up a glass cutter at the Ponsonby Arstation as a student of renowned New Zealand glass artist Isla Osborne. Karen produces decorative tiles, plates and jewellery glassworks from her North-Shore based studio GoaGlassArt.
Phone: +64(0)9 418 4408
Studio: 13 Calman Place, Chatswood, Auckland
Next Door Gallery
Birkenhead Point, Auckland
Art of this World
Smashed Pipi Gallery