A travelling exhibition, 5 plus 2 brings the medium of a variety of glass techniques to a range of communities, including Morrinsville at the start of 2023.
Karin Barr, Bev Boel, Kate Cornwall, Evelyn Dunstan, Heather Kremen, Carmen Simmonds and Shelley Wilkin.
With the growing interest in glass art techniques, the skilled craftmanship of these artists makes a strong contribution to the medium.
The works have been exhibited in 2022 in Raetihi and Wellington and will continue on from Morrinsville in 2023 to Nelson, Whanganui and Auckland.
Karin Barr http://karinbarr.com/glass
Local Morrinsville artist, self-taught stone carver for 15 years and working since 2010 predominantly in casting glass. She won awards for her outdoor installations in glass. Her works are represented in national (NZ) and international exhibitions (AUS, Germany). She has a work permanently collected the Wallace Arts Trust. Karin has organised previously exhibitions and is an active volunteer at the Wallace Gallery Morrinsville.
Carmen Simmonds https://www.carmensimmonds.com
Carmen is an art-school trained glass artist with a Master Degree from AUT. Her hometown is Whanganui where she works as a full-time artist and teacher from her purposely build studio. She is highly regarded as a glass maker in the Glass community in NZ and overseas (AUS/US). Last year she was a finalist in the Wallace Arts Trust award 2020. She holds for several year the president position of the NZ Society of Artists in Glass, during that time (2019) she helped organising an international Glass conference in Whanganui.
Evelyn Dunstan https://www.evelyndunstan.co.nz
Sculptural artist whose focus shifted to glass in 2002. Predominant technique is lost wax kiln casting, achieving complex & intricate detail with colour placement control. Constantly distracted with the priorities of life, through the regeneration of her place of paradise in the Waikato. Evelyn is an internationally respected artist, with work appear in national and international collects, and has taught lost wax glass casting at Corning Museum of Glass.
Heather Kremen http://www.hkremenglass.com
Owner of Amokura Glass
Glassblower / Artist / Educator: Heather has worked in Glass hot shops since 2007 and owns Amokura Glass in Rotorua where she creates decorative and functional fine art glass. Heather specialises in blown glass that incorporates intricate textile-inspired fused murrine tile patterns and elegant vessel forms. In 2019 Heather won the Toi Ohomi “Innovation in Art” award, and her glass art has been exhibited in Aotearoa and internationally including in the USA, France, and Japan.
After a successful career in business, with corporate change and project management qualifications, Kate turned to glass; studied under many of NZ’s world class glass artists, as well as several international visiting artists including Daniel Clayman, Silvia Levenston, Kirsty Rae. Kate has worked extensively promoting glass art in NZ, including work for the NZ Society of Glass Artists, before starting Glass Art in NZ with her husband in 2018. Kate successfully curated the largest glass exhibition in NZ for 2020, as well as curating an impromptu 2020 online exhibition for glass artists let down due to Covid 19. Kate currently lives in Ohakune, New Zealand where she finds inspiration being amongst NZ’s beautiful countryside.
Bev has been experimenting with glass in a kiln for about 8 years. She loves colour and this medium allows her to generate works of colour in all forms.
Shelley works from her home studio in Pukekawa, taking inspiration from the stunning colours, form and texture of the surrounding landscape and home garden. She works primarily with Bullseye glass & powders. Shelley creates unique pieces of glass, mixing colours, creating patterns, fusing and using gravity formed or drape methods of slumping.