Thursday, 18 September 2008
Monday, 28 July 2008
In March I presented three of these bottles to the New Dowse Museum in Lower Hutt following my loan of the bottles for their Doreen Blumhardt exhibition last year. The Dowse did not have an example in their collection, so they were pleased to accept them.
Sadly, I also broke one, an early example I have had for a while. But in May a TradeMe dealer from New Plymouth, from whom I have bought glass previously, offered this piece, which I was pleased to buy. It seemed to me to be a later piece, with the elongated neck not so dysfunctionally thin as in Tony's early examples. The mis-shapen lip is a distinctive Kuepfer feature, and the colour is also a favourite of Tony's.
The unsigned piece, top left, is 38 cm tall, while the signed one, right, is 33cm tall. I have another couple of similar but smaller examples, which I don't yet have good photos of (see my last post on photography!)
Sunday, 27 July 2008
So I was thrilled to learn that veteran decorative art photographer Howard Williams is offering a short one day course on photographing glass. Howard has had a long involvement photographing glass and ceramics in New Zealand, and he produces superb work. His course is aimed at glass artists to help them produce good photos of their own work, but I have been accepted as well. I'm really looking forward to this, and hoping to be able to improve what I do considerably.
The proof of the pudding will be in the blogging, as they say. The course is not until mid August, so I'll be using my existing skills for a while yet
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
The “art glass” items made at the Philips factory were made by the glass blowers who made the components for the radio & TVs. They normally made TV tubes and valve casings etc, but when they made a few of these art items in their spare time, they proved quite popular with the staff. The art items were not made generally available to the public and could only be got by or through staff members. The set of swans you have purchased came to me from an aunty who worked at Philips during the late 60s & early 70s. The social club used to sell batches of the glass wares to raise money from time to time. They are quite appealing but are distinctive in their rather thick and chunky appearance, and sometimes slightly rough cut from the blow pipe.
Sunday, 17 February 2008
Katie completed a Diploma in Glass at Wanganui in 1999, and then had the opportunity to work with Josh Simpson in Massachusetts and Neil Wilkin in the UK. With Lyndsay Patterson she is one of the partners at Chronicle Glass, a wonderful open studio in Wanganui where you can see glass making, and indeed try it yourself on one of their introductory courses.
Friday, 4 January 2008
Quite a number of glass artists worked with Tony Kuepfer in Inglewood, as assistants, students and colleagues, while others continued at the studio after he left to teach at Whanganui.
I have slowly been adding pieces of Libby's work to my collection as opportunity allows, but the best pieces I have seen are in her own collection, which she kindly showed me a few years ago.