The Gaffer

August 9, 2017

Watercolour painting by Dana K├╝hnel-Dickhoff

Dana visited my studio in Whangarei recently. She took a few photos and we had a chat about art and glass blowing. Yesterday she sent me an image of the watercolour she has created of me blowing glass and here it is. You can check out her work at  http://ladytinuz.devia...
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The photo above shows Dane Mitchell's installation at the Henderson Mossman gallery in Auckland. Dane spent a few days at my studio and we drew fulgerites in sand for his show. Diane and I went to Auckland for the opening. We also had time to see The Body Laid Bare, the trav...
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ACL award for the Applied Arts, Craft and Photography

Every year I send a few pieces to Ashburton and always get a great reception. This year I won the ACL Applied arts and craft award as a bonus. ...
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It's Easy

You just need to keep finding new ways to stuff it up. Every-time you stuff it up you have to think how you did that and learn from your mistake. My latest stuff up was a bit of a surprise. I looked in the annealer and found a nicely blown ivory shard vase in two parts. I ha...
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Here are a few photos from a couple of recent ones

All working hard and having fun...
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Workshop for Chamare and co

February 1, 2017

It is amazing what 3 people can get done in 4 hours

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Andrew and Erina stayed for a night

And then drove back to Dunedin in Andrew's new car, which I had stored here for a few weeks. Here are a few photos they took while watching me blow some glass. Certainly makes a difference having a professional photographer behind the camera :-)...
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Rob Hooper is back glass blowing after a long absence

Three years ago Rob came into the studio and was the first person to buy a piece of glass from me here. Now he is back and blowing glass. Here are a few photos of him at work and an image of some of his original glass work. He demonstrated how he made his Dickie Pots....
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Scholarship Student

September 25, 2016

Phillip Silverman

Scholarship student Phillip was here last weekend and we spent some time making murrine, canes and blowing skulls from a mould. The mould was taken from a skull Phillip created in clay. Phillip recently attended a Summer School in New York were he learnt about anatomical mod...
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Third Birthday

September 18, 2016

I have survived 3 years!

On Friday 16th September it was exactly three years since I took over the glass studio at 8 Quayside and Grinter Glass came into being. It has been lots of fun, I have met heaps of great people and there has been the occasional stress and bits of trouble. Thanks to all the g...
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