Emerging Glass Artists Show Versatility and Range of Glass Art

New Zealand’s international reputation as a centre for glass art is well-established, founded on the work of leading artists like Anne Robinson, Liz Sharek ,Nicole Lucas and Jo Nuttall.

As well as world-renowned artists, the national glass art scene also benefits from high quality local raw materials with glass supplier Gaffer Glass, for example, now exporting extensively because of the breadth of colour available in its lead crystal.Another reason for the vibrancy of New Zealand’s glass art is the depth of talent with foundation programmes at centres like Art Station bringing forward new artists who are challenging and reinventing the medium in new and exciting ways.An exhibition at Ponsonby Art Station from September 16 - October 4, 2003 is an example of this depth of talent. ‘Suspended: SIX GLASS ARTISTS’ is a joint exhibition that demonstrates the wide range of approaches and techniques possible in this exciting medium.Six new glass artists who came together while studying at Art Station, and who now operate a glass art studio together in Onehunga, are exhibiting for the first time.They are: Fiona Barrett, Kathy Cardno, Catherine Carter, Diane Greenwood, Chris Jackson and Max Stewart.

Although the six have diverging approaches to the medium, they decided to exhibit together around a theme of ‘suspended glass’. The result is a highly original exhibition with a wide range of expressive work in glass, ranging from Greenwood’s delicate glass hands, to Cardno’s large-scale glass oars. Themes explored in the diverse projects range from Carter’s transformation and relationships to Stewart’s treatment of gay men in Nazi Germany. Barrett and Jackson’s work both deal with personal aspects of their past in novel and challenging ways.

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