Karin Barr

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.

Biography

Contact:

Email: karin.barr66@gmail.com
phone: +64(0)7 887 600
Mob: +64(0)27 37 33 800
Studio: 278 Seifert Road, Tauhei, Morrinsville
(by appointment only)

Galleries:

Wallace Gallery
Morrinsville
Lightwave Gallery
Mount Maunganui

Claudia Borella

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.

Biography

Contact:

Mobile: +64 (0)21 249 9468
email: claudia@claudiaborella.com
website: www.claudiaborella.com

Galleries:

Milford Galleries
Dunedin & Queenstown, New Zealand
www.milfordgalleries.co.nz
Avid Gallery
Wellington, New Zealand
Beaver Galleries
Deakin ACT Australia
www.beavergalleries.com.au
Prism Contemporay Art
Chicago, USA
Bullseye Connection Gallery
Portland, Oregan, USA
www.bullseyeconnectiongallery.com
Koru Contemporary Art
Aberdeen, Hong Kong
www.koru-hk.com

Darryl Fagence

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.

Biography

Contact:

Email: fagence@xtra.co.nz
Studio:
18 Paruru Ave, Northcote, Auckland
phone: +64(0)9 419 1148

Galleries:

Real Aotearoa
  Auckland
Christchurch
Wellington
Kura
Auckland
Wellington

Shona Firman

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.

Biography

Contact:

Email: shonafirmancastglass@ix.net.nz
Website: www.shonafirman.co.nz
Studio:
Mahy Glass Studio, 8 Quayside, Town Basin,
Whangarei, NZ
phone: +64(0)9 438 9810

Galleries:

Milford Gallery
Queenstown
Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington
Burning Issues Gallery
Whangarei
Lava Glass
Taupo
Form Gallery
Christchurch
Real Aotearoa
Auckland, Christchurch,
Wellington

Karen Goa

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.

Contact:

Email: goaglassart@gmail.com
Website: www.karengoa.com
Phone: +64(0)9 418 4408
Studio: 13 Calman Place, Chatswood, Auckland

Galleries:

Next Door Gallery
Birkenhead Point, Auckland
Art of this World
Devonport, Auckland
Smashed Pipi Gallery
Mangawhai, Northland