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New Work

I started blowing my Tear Drop Vases as practice for my painted vases because, due to lack of practice, I keep stuffing up the painted works when I blow them. Initially I used the colour mixes I had developed for my shard vases but have now started to evolve these mixes as a new line of work. I have even come up with names for the colour mixes, such as Waterlilly and Ocean blue. They have proven very popular. ...

September 12, 2017

The Gaffer

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.deviantart.com/...

August 9, 2017

Meteorlogical Phenomenon

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 travelling exhibition from the Tate Gallery which is fabulous. I got quite emotional when I saw the huge painting by Paul Delvaux flanked with paintings by De Chirico and Max Ernst. Following are photos of Dane and I at the openi...

July 6, 2017

I won first prize at a beauty contest

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. ...

July 5, 2017

How to learn glass blowing

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 have been using lustres for lip-wraps recently and was lustring them with a small mapp gas torch. With this one I then tried to fix a slightly wonky lip wrap. That extra couple of seconds was enough to push it over the limit. T...

June 26, 2017

I have run quite a few workshops over the last few months.

All working hard and having fun...

June 18, 2017

Workshop for Chamare and co

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February 1, 2017

Visitors from the Far South.

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 :-)...

January 3, 2017

Look who was working in my studio last week

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....

November 9, 2016

Scholarship Student

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 modelling. He hope to blow and cast a complete skeleton over the next few years....

September 25, 2016

Third Birthday

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 glass blowers who have rented time and given me advice. Thanks also to the glass newbies who have come to give this amazing art a go with me. Thanks also to the the many galleries throughout New Zealand that stock my work. He...

September 18, 2016

Jan Kocian back in the hot seat

Jan came up from Coramandel to rent the studio for three days with me assisting. Phots are for advertising his friend's new business...

September 8, 2016

Garry Nash

And while he was blowing two other glass blowers turned up - Daffy Yorston and Justin Culina. Justin stayed and assisted Garry for a bit....

July 12, 2016

Fergus is up and running

The furnace looks OK so far and the glass is excellent quality. Rebecca has been up for blowing twice and Peter Viesnik came up for a day to catch up on orders with the assistance of Justin. Craig and Islay hired the studio last Saturday and created some great work. I have also run a couple of workshops, one for Phoenix and the other for Mervyl and Donna. All three did will really well for first time glass blowers....

July 5, 2016

Fergus the Furnace has arisen from the dust again

Over the weekend I added two layers of fibre blanket over the 1800 castable and secured it with chicken wire. Today Justin and I added the final layer of lightweight castable to complete the job. Fergus will now be left for a week to dry out....

May 31, 2016

The Dome is Cast

I have spent much of the last week working on the polystyrene forms for casting the dome in 1800 Shircast. Today Rebecca, Justin, Garry and Diane came and gave me a hand to get this competed. When we left this afternoon the casting was hot and hard....

May 25, 2016

Demolishion Job

I have been planning to re-build the furnace because the pot was cracked and I was getting a bits of rubbish in the glass. Here are a few photos of the demolition job...

May 18, 2016

Arts Trail

This is available to all New Zealand artists and , galleries Click here to take a look...

April 13, 2016

How to blow a shard vase - Photos by Vangie Killalea

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April 12, 2016

Auckland A&P Easter Show

I received a merit award for my blown and painted piece (the view from our house) and a third prize for a shard vase at the Auckland Easter Show....

March 28, 2016

Shard Bowls

After a break for 6 months I have some back to making shard bowls and find I can now do a reasonable job of them. Blowing at least 5 days a week over the summer has improved my control and understanding of the process. By keeping everything a bit thicker I don't loose control of the shards as I open up the bowls. Here are a few examples....

March 17, 2016

View from the Hill

I have been working on this painted piece for a few weeks. Here are photos of it being painted and blown. I will update with a photo of the finished piece soon, blown woith the assistance of my beautiful assistant Diane :-) I had a peek in the annealer today and it looked ok. Looking forward to seeing it the right way up for the first time....

February 17, 2016

Another succesful workshop

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February 2, 2016

Glass Blowing Workshop with Christine and Damian

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January 20, 2016

Richard Golding

Richard runs Station Glass in England - http://www.stationglass.com/Pages/default.aspx He is travelling around New Zealand with Sandra checking out glass blowing studios and seeing a bit of New Zealand as well. Here are a few images of him trying out the Spectrum Premium nuggets I use....

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