Fifth Anniversary of the Grinter Glass Studio

And I am still blowing glass

Five years ago on 16th September 2013 I moved into the glass studio created by Keith Mahy in the Town Basin Whangarei. I left the ute and trailer parked in the loading zone half the day because I was busy in the studio and got a $14.00 fine. The next day Garry Nash helped me get the furnace, glory hole and annealer sorted. By the weekend I had made my first batch of glass from the raw materials left in the studio and started blowing glass. I lived in our caravan for the first 8 months and remember waking up at 3am in a state of panic, wondered what the hell I had let myself in for. Five year later I have been able to give up my day job and am now making a living as a glass blower. Thanks to Shona Firman who sold the studio to me and all those who have helped over the years. Photos by Rebecca Heap - my de facto studio partner


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