New tumblers

January 23, 2020

I have been developing new colours of tumblers and refining some of the others.

The new ones are lime green and Water Lily.  ...
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The Hundertwasser is happening

December 10, 2019

I thought it was time I posted a few images of the progress on our new neighbour

Since the piling finished we don't hear or feel much from the building site. I cycle past the construction site most days and suddenly realised how much progress has been made over the last six months. You can see the the basic outline of the building is starting to take sha...
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It's nearly Christmas !!!

November 21, 2019

So Shawn thought he would make a few Christmas ornaments

And a local German Frau wanted some clear ones for her Christmas tree (Europeans appreciate clear glass). And then Shawn made a few more as they were selling from the studio sales table. ...
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It has only taken six years

I have finally managed to hang some paintings in the studio. Some have been unwrapped for the first time since we moved six years ago. This move was inspired by a possibility that may come to pass soon. If it does I will let you know. Meanwhile someone is coming to buy a pai...
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A borrowed Lathe

One of my glass blowing students lent me her lathe while she went overseas for a few months. I cut down a Tristaniopsis Laurina (alias water gum), an Australian tree that grows like a weed in Northland. It was us big enough to turn a woodblock for glass blowing. It was ...
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These four pieces are part of a series based on Mussorgsky's music "Pictures at an Exhibition"

The old Castle, The Great Gates of Kiev, The Cattle and Gnomus. Below is the next in the series - Tuilerie Gardens and I am currently working on Promenade.  These works were painted on small, sandblasted glass blanks using Paradise Paints. The paintings are based on bli...
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Photos by Simon Gould-Thorpe

February 11, 2019

Here are a few photos of me blowing a tumbler

Simon was in the studio a couple of days ago watching me blow glass. He took a few photos of me blowing tumblers and kindly sent them to me, Here they are. ...
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Glass Blowing Video

December 10, 2018

Video made by students from Northcross Intermediate School

Joules, Dani and Summer arranged to visit my studio to make a video of glass blowing. They did a great job as you can see in the finished video. I hope to see them back here soon to try this amazing art for themselves. ...
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My New Neighbour

A few months ago a start was made on demolishing the old Harbour Board Building to make way for the new Hundertwasser Art Centre. A bunch of us from the local businesses were there when the first pile was vibrated into the ground. I took a piece of my glass and placed it on ...
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The Other Day in 2016

October 5, 2018

Re-building the Whanganui Glass School Furnace in January 2016

Rebecca Heap found this photo of Brendan Sole and I casting the furnace roof  for the Glass School furnace. This was part of our furnace building elective. Although I now build furnaces to a different design, what I learnt on this course was invaluable when I ...
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