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NZSAG national biennial glass conference


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NZSAG national biennial glass conference 20th 22nd october wanganui 2012

For any inquiries regarding the conference or registration, please email Francia Smeets at: subs@nzsag.co.nz

2 Collect your pass on Friday 19th October at: Chronicle Glass Studio from 6pm or Saturday 20th October before 10am.

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School of Design kareti a iwi



claudia borella NZ President, NZSAG

“To look forward we must acknowledge the past, question that which is relevant in order to project for the future.”


The New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass combine with the Wanganui Glass Group Festival and the New Zealand Mosaic Society to present ‘Generate,’ the national biennial glass conference in Wanganui this October. Our international and national speakers convene to present new directions in traditional techniques across a broad spectrum of glass practice. The conference schedule is packed with a wide variety of things to do for all ages and in addition, will be complimented by visiting artist workshops, NZSAG & WGG Members exhibition, awards, and silent auction. Wanganui will also be celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between New Zealand and Japan. This programme includes some events that are scheduled around the NZSAG conference so celebrations will be with some Japanese flavour. Come and listen to established practitioners and professionals who contribute to the continuum and perspectives of glass generations to come. What is Glass? And how do we shape glass as it shapes us? We look forward to warmly welcoming you to Wanganui again.

events times & venues

Conference Schedule


20 oct

War Memorial Hall, Queens Park 8:00 am Registration 9:00 Powhiri followed by Morning Tea 10:00 Master of ceremonies and President’s welcome. 10:30 Clare Belfrage 11:30 Galia Amsel 12:30pm Lunch and Trade Fair 1:30 Justine Olsen 2:15 Dr. Kathryn Wightman 3:00 Afternoon Tea 3:30 Kathryn Wardill 4:15 Marian Shapiro 5:00 End of Day Community Arts Centre 6:00 Member’s Exhibition Opening, Silent Auction and awards War Memorial Hall, Concert Chamber 7:30 Movie Screening, Sushi and Sake (Tickets at the door)




War Memorial Hall, Queens Park 9:00am Morning Tea and Trade Fair 10:00 Mystery Skype 11:00 BGM and Election 12:00pm Lunch and Trade Fair 1:00 Shin-Ichi & Kimiake Higuchi 1:45 Mundy Hepburn 2:30 Panel Discussion with Garry Nash & Mark Schafer 3:15 Afternoon Tea 3:45 Member’s Lounge 5:30 End of Day 6:30 Profile: Claudia Borella solo exhibition at Quay Gallery


22 oct

9:00am - 5:00pm Studios visits and demonstrations by appointment. 11:00am and 2:00pm Japanese Tea Ceremony 10:00am - 12:00pm Wanganui Story: Stained glass at Council Building 11:00am - 1:00pm BBQ Lunch 1:00pm - 3:00pm Glass Olympics at Chronicle Glass Studio

exhibition & events

sat mon

13 22 oct

sat sun

13 14 oct




Glass Hub Victoria Avenue, Wanganui. Showcasing WGG artists, exhibition by Wanganui Glass School Students and Resident Artist Jo Conroy. See wanganuiglass.com for details. 10:00am - 4:00pm

Glass Blowing Demonstrations Wanganui Glass School, Liverpool St, Wanganui. Glass blowing demo for the public and student glass sale. 10:00am - 4:00pm

NZSAG Conference Registration Chronicle Glass Studio, 2 Rutland St, Wanganui. 6:00pm onwards


Blowing in The Dark Wanganui Glass School, Liverpool St, Wanganui.


Student fund-raising event with drinks, nibbles and glass blowing demos. For tickets contact 027 2896 558 or see wanganuiglass.com. From 7:30pm $25 per ticket.








Visiting Artist Talks Sarjent Gallery, Queens Park, Wanganui. Public talks by Clare Belfrage and Galia Amsel. Open to all interested members of public. 7:00pm - 8.30pm (no cost)

National NZ Contemporary Mosaic Exhibition 2012 Left Bank Art Supplies Gallery, 17 Taupo Quay, Wanganui. 6:00pm





20 oct


22 oct


22 oct

Wanganui Festival Opening Chronicle Glass Studio, 2 Rutland St, Wanganui. Glass blowing demo by Clare Belfrage, auction of works offthe-pipe and performance by Soprano Deborah Wai Kapohe. 6:30pm Movie, Sushi & Sake War Memorial Hall, Concert Chamber, Wanganui. To celebrate the 60th year of Japan and New Zealand being in friendship enjoy a movie screening with sushi and sake. Tickets at the door. Doors open 7:30pm Wanganui Story: Stained Glass 101 Guyton St., Wanganui. District Council Building. 10:00am - 12:00pm

Japanese Tea Ceremony Nagaizumi-Wanganui Friendship Centre, 27 Duncan St., Wanganui. Bookings essential Ph 06 3431945 yumiko.mizuno@wanganui.govt.nz 11:00am and 2:00pm.


20 oct





22 oct

Member’s Exhibition, Silent Auction and Awards Community Art Centre, 19 Taupo Quay, Wanganui. An exhibition of member’s and student glass works from our national society. 6:00pm Profile: Claudia Borella Quay Gallery, I-Site 31 Taupo Quay, Wanganui. Sponsored by: Creative New Zealand & Sarjeant Gallery. 6:30pm

Glass Olympics & BBQ Chronicle Glass Studio, 2 Rutland St., Wanganui. BBQ and social gathering for WGG & NZSAG members from 11:30am Olympics held from 1:00pm - 3:00pm!

Check out the Wanganui Glass Group website to see additional workshops and local events which are being updating regularly. wanganuiglass.com


15 19 oct

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oct nov

Tempered Glass Mosaics 1.5 day workshop Marian Shapiro Dates: 23, 24 October Times: 9am - 5pm, 10am - 1pm Venue: Louise Herdman Studio, cnr. Rutland St. & Drews Ave., Wanganui. Cost: $240 Contact: +6427 375 4715 info@mosaicpictures.co.nz Maximum class size: 12 people

Contrast 5 day workshop Galia Amsel Dates: 15 - 19 October Times: 9am - 4.30pm Venue: Wanganui Glass School, Liverpool St., Wanganui. Cost: $850 Contact: See wanganuiglass.com to enrol or email for more info katie@katiebrownglass.co.nz Maximum class size: 8 people

Pate-de Verre 9 day workshop Shini-ichi & Kimiaki Higuchi Dates: 23 October - 1 November (excluding sunday) Times: 10am - 5pm Venue: Claudia Borella Glass Design Ltd., 28 Nixon St., Wanganui. Cost: $1100 (inclusive of GST) Contact: +6421 249 9468 claudia@claudiaborella.com Maximum class size: 12 people

Glass Blowing 5 day workshop Clare Belfrage

Texture & Light 3 day workshop Marian Shapiro

Dates: 15 - 19 October Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm Venue: Chronicle Glass Studio, 2 Rutland St., Wanganui. Cost: $850 Contact: See wanganuiglass.com to enrol or email for more info katie@katiebrownglass.co.nz Maximum class size: 8 people

Dates: 17, 18 & 19 October Times: 10:00am - 4:30pm Venue: Louise Herdman Studio, cnr Rutland St. and Drews Ave, Wanganui. Cost: $400 Contact: info@mosaicpictures.co.nz +6427 375 4715 Maximum class size: 10 people

Luminous Glass 3 day workshop Mundy Hepburn

Making Glass Beads: Beyond the Basics 2 day workshop Kathryn Wardill

Dates: 24, 25 & 26 October Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm Venue: Sunbeam Glass, 70 MacKelvie St., Ponsonby, Auckland. Cost: $345 (inclusive of GST) Contact: +649 3762744 garry@garrynash.co.nz Maximum class size: 10 people

Dates: 23 & 24 October Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm Venue: Leadlight Products 126 Great South Rd., SH.3, Ohaupo. Cost: $895 (inclusive of GST) Contact: Stephen Brodribb stephen@leadlight.co.nz Maximum class size: 5 - 10 people

about our guest speakers

clare belfrage aus

creative director canberraglassworks.com I am interested in those moments I have experienced in the natural environment when I am captivated by a dynamic simplicity and I become aware of the complexity of life. I observe the detail, the quiet rhythm built through repetition and the intricate evidence of growth and change.

Inspired by experiences of detail in nature Inspired by experiences of detail in nature, Clare Belfrage’s work has been distinguished by the use of fine glass threads to draw complex linear patterns on the surface of blown glass forms. She has maintained a vibrant practice for over twenty years. Clare has been an active participant in artists’ communities including the glass based studio Blue Pony, SA, of which she is a founding member and the JamFactory Glass Studio community in Adelaide. Currently living and working amongst the artist community of Canberra Glassworks where she plays the pivotal role of Creative Director.

galia amsel nz cast glass

Galia Amsel is a New Zealand-based contemporary glass artist. Born in 1967 in London, and raised in Hong Kong, Galia Amsel has resided in Auckland, New Zealand since 2003. In 1989 she gained a Bachelor of Arts, first class honours, in 3-D Design (ceramics and glass) with Middlesex Polytechnic, London and in 1991, a Masters in Glass with Royal College of Art, London. Amsel has exhibited widely throughout the world and is represented in numerous internationally significant collections.

colour, form, notion and intervention Galia Amsel’s work is characterised by exploration of colour, form, notion and intervention. The simplicity of her work comes from a “highly developed visual sense” and spatial harmonies founded in “geometry and the resolution of mathematical formulae”.

justine olsen nz

curator Contemporary decorative arts and design Justine Olsen will present perspectives on the glass collection at Te Papa, looking at how and why it has been developed. In 2010 Justine was recognised as the recipient of the prestigious Clarke Collection/Creative New Zealand Scholarship designated for mid career arts professionals to expand their knowledge in the area of decorative art.

knowledge in the areas of the decorative arts The Award included an internship at three major institutions worldwide including The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Royal Collection, English Heritage and the National Trust as well as a threeweek internship at the Attingham Trust Summer School regarded as the leading study facility in the world. Justine Olsen’s extensive experience previously includes Curator of Decorative Arts at the Auckland Museum, researcher for the Historic Places Trust and Arts Advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trades.

dr. kathryn wightman UK Printmaking with glass kathrynwightmanglass.co.uk

Dr. Wightman began working with glass as a BA student at the University of Sunderland (UK) in 2000 where she obtained first class honours in Glass and Ceramics followed by an MA in 2005 (distinction) in glass. In 2006 she was awarded a two year Craft Council placement (UK) to assist in establishing her creative practice, Kathryn Wightman Glass. During this time she produced several bodies of artworks that integrated glassmaking and printmaking. This led to development of Ph.D research.

the artwork was not only maintained but enhanced The research I undertook addressed these limitations through the development of five print inspired glass processes that alleviated or improved the limitations whilst ensuring that decorative potential of the artwork was not only maintained but enhanced. To substantiate the research, several bodies of artwork were produced that developed and demonstrated the practicality as well as the two dimensional/three dimensional creative potential of the print inspired glass processes.

kathryn wardill aus flame work wardill.com

This presentation is an overview of my jewellery collections from the past 15 years. I will reveal my creative processes and my obsession with researching and making the marriage between metal and glass to create wearable art. I will conclude with my latest jewellery research which is based around the European tradition of the “Grand Tour” in the 1830’s and the jewellery form of micro-mosaic.

making the marriage between metal and glass to create Kathryn Wardill received her Master of Arts, (Fine Art) and Grad Dip in Tertiary Teaching in 1998 from RMIT University. Kathryn is a full-time jeweller, metalsmith, and glass bead artist who actively participates in group and solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas. From her Melbourne studio, she creates both exhibition and retail jewellery featuring outstanding glass beads.

marian shapiro aus mosaic dariandesign.com.au

Award winning mosaic artist Marian Shapiro lives and works in Sydney, Australia making contemporary art and architectural mosaics for private and public spaces. Her work has been shown both in Australia and internationally in venues as diverse as the Sydney Opera House and the San Diego Museum of Man. She is honoured to be the first ever mosaicist to be asked to present at the NZSAG conference.

making contemporary art and architectural mosaics Marian will talk about the evolution of her mosaic art practice over the last ten years with particular reference to technique and materials. Marian will discuss the process through which an artist generates a personal style. She will explore the need for artists to possess a fundamental understanding of traditional techniques and suggest that it is from this place that truly creative decisions can be made.

shin ichi & kimiake higuchi jap pate de verre higuchis.com

In 1987 Kimiake and Shin-ichi Higuchi began their serious research in the techniques of Pate de verre. Neither of them had received any formal training in glass. They established many of their original techniques through several years of trial and error. Their work is represented in many museums and galleries and is collected globally. They have been invited to do workshops in many parts of the world, including Japan, France, Italy, Taiwan, Spain and the United States.

we consider the variety of colours and the ability to control them Glassware made with this technique exhibit characteristically rich colours, and unrestricted designs with a soft, translucent appeal. We consider the rich variety of colours and the ability to control them, truthfulness to the model, and the skill to copy molds as vital factors in our Pate de verre technique.

mundy hepburn usa neon & plasma mundyhepburn.com

In 1986 a nice man asked me for a pink Cadillac car neon sign. He saw my art and said,“I’m gonna make you famous!” I thought, yeah right. Said, “Oh, thank you” . A year passed. He called. Said, “I just got a cavernous old parking garage and I want you to fill it with neon. We`ll call it Neon Garage.” I thought, yeah, right. Said,”Oh, I`d love to.” Did nothing. He called, asked where the lights were. Offered cash money. I figured a hundred bucks. He politely asked if a thousand to start was sufficient. I managed to croak, “Oh, thank you. I`ll be right over.”

thus began a saga that continues even today Mundy Hepburn, from Connecticut USA, has made his living through glass art for over thirty years. His work has been exhibited in over thirty installations, and featured in five publications. A member of the Glass Art Society in America, Mundy has made a name for himself with a unique style of art - luminous glass. A pioneer in this art form, Mundy combines technology with art to create a breed of moving, living art.

garry nash & mark schafer nz hot glass & neon garrynash.co.nz

Garry Nash, ONZM first entered the world of New Zealand Studio glass when it was still in its infancy in July 1979, starting out as a flame worker making glass chess sets. Since then he has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of New Zealand’s first studio glass artists with his speciality in blown glass.

new zealands first studio glass artists ‘Electric glass’ is starting to become a recognised force as artists and galleries are starting to take interest in these items as genuine art works, with many workshops and exhibitions highlighting or focusing on neon and plasma works to express contemporary ideas. However, the technical knowledge about the construction of these items is scattered and limited, and that is why in this instance the knowledge exchange between Garry, Mundy and Mark is vital as it has already led to new discoveries and ideas about the construction of these works through combining their specific areas of expertise.

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