George Agius is a New Zealand born artist whose glass practice is an exploration of emigration, culture and legacy and its contribution to personal identity.
“Through the act of emigration we begin to cultivate and share experiences of place, of home and of belonging. Stories are shared, experiences reiterated, and our story-lines slowly begin to entwine.“
Agius’ creative process is embedded in the act of making, her work incorporating sculptural and blown glass techniques often resulting in a whimsical aesthetic that helps convey the idea of the absent figure.
George has exhibited in Australia, New Zealand and Canada and assisted prominent contemporary glass artists.
In 2013 George completed the JamFactory Associate Training Program in Adelaide and has since exhibited in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, Kennedy Art Prize, KIGA Illuminating Glass award and the Wagga Wagga National Emerging Art Glass Prize. In 2015 George was awarded the Vicki Torr Memorial Prize at the Australian Glass Conference.
Only As An Image #1
Only As An Image_Detail3
Heart Standing Still
Whanau-A Breakfast for Ancestors
If you like pina coladas
This tea (detail)
This tea ties me to thee2b
This Tea Ties Me To Thee_Detail2
Whanau-A Breakfast for Ancestors_2013
Phone: +64 06 323 8819
Beaver Gallery – Canberra, Australia.
A & E Gallery – Napier, NZ.
Fran is a contemporary glass artist producing sculptural and functional art forms. Her work reflects her interest in the natural environment, showing careful consideration to colour and surface preparation.
She has been working from her purpose built home studio since completing a Diploma of Glass Design and Production at Whanganui UCOL in 2003. Her work can be seen in dealer galleries in the North and South Island.
138 Karaka St, Whanganui, NZ
phone: +64(0)6 344 3029
When I began blowing glass in the early 90’s the hot glass seemed almost alive with a mind of it’s own. It was a struggle to control the hot, liquid material and a battle against gravity to keep it off the floor.
As my skills with hot glass developed so did my interest in what was happening with contemporary glass art overseas and what had happened historically.
Traditional Italian techniques such as Murrine, Mosaic and Twisted Cane immediatly caught my attention because they displayed a total control over the material. Seeing images of this work was a huge influence and I began trying to emulate these styles as best as I could.
In the late 90’s I began working almost exclusively with the Murrine mosaic roll-up technique which has been my main focus and signature style ever since. Over the last couple of years my work has moved away from traditional vessel based shapes to encompass more sculptural and natural forms as the work has become more concerned with the natural environment, the Flora & Fauna that surrounds us in Aotearoa.
mob: +64(0)21 106 7801
Corbans Estate Gallery
I am always enthusiastic when making a new series of work, as it pushes me to develop my ideas and technical skills. The nature of making with molten glass has enabled me to capture fluid moments of patterns and lines within my forms. We often see pattern as repeated images and layers so condensed that the eye cannot focus on any one image. With my work I have chosen to use a collection of forms and a minimal colour palette to emphasise chosen points of line, pattern and motion.
This is my 14th year as a glass artist and I continue to enjoy a deep sense of satisfaction from working with this amazing medium.
2 Rutland Street, Wanganui, New Zealand
phone: +64(0)6 347 1921
mob: +64(0)27 482 9944
The Poi Room
King & Teppett Design
Gallery Thirty Three
These blown glass vessels are painted with paradise paints. The images are from my habit of drawing while walking, developed while undertaking a Master of Art and Design at AUT, as a means of conveying the richness of the everyday. I develop these drawings through paintings in watercolour, until I am satisfied the image will create an interesting painting in glass.
The painting style has developed from my study of the modernist master, undertaken as part of my BFA at Quay School of Arts in Whanganui. I blow a blank with a coloured centre, which is then sand blasted and painted with three layers of Paradise Paint using very small brushes.
The piece is then heated in a kiln overnight, picked up on a blowing iron, given two more layers of glass from the furnace and then blown to many times its original size.
Grinter Glass ltd, 8 Quayside, Whangarei, 0110
phone: +64(0)9 438 9810
mob: +64(0)27 255 8727
Archibald’s art supplies
Art of this world
Black Door Gallery
Burning Issues Gallery
Hastings City art Gallery
Icon Gallery & Sculpture Park
Just Imagine Gallery
Little River Gallery
Pollock Co-op Arts and Crafts
Taylor Jensen Fine Arts
Waiheke Comunity Art Gallery