Thursday 3 May 2012

Exciting Year for Wanganui Glass Group

Home to the renowned neo-classical Sarjeant Gallery, the Wanganui Glass School, McNamara Gallery, and Quay School of the Arts, Wanganui has emerged as a creative haven that is also home to the very active Wanganui Glass Group. There are over 30 practicing glass artists in Wanganui who exhibit nationally and internationally and whose work spans several disciplines including blowing, kiln casting, flame working, fusing, stained glass, pate-de-verre, cold construction and mixed media.

As New Zealand's only location offering full-time study of glass, Wanganui will further develop its reputation as a leading glass destination this year with a series of events from 13 - 22 October for both the glass community and the wider public. Last year's events were well supported, as captured in this short video.

As part of this year's celebrations, Clare Belfrage and Galia Amsel will be contributing as the 2012 Visiting Artists and each will run a five day glass workshop from 15 - 19 October. One of Australia's leading glass artists, Clare's work has been included in many international public and private collections. Galia is also a renowned glass artist, based in New Zealand whose work references strong, sculptural forms in vibrant colours. For further information on these workshops, and to register visit Wanganui Glass Group.

The New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG) will also be holding a conference in Wanganui from 19-22 October for more than 200 members including artists, collectors, interested members of the public and related institutions. It will be a great opportunity for those in the glass sector to come together and celebrate the craft of glass making.

2012 Wanganui Glass Events

Oct 13-21: Glass Hub on Victoria Avenue. Showcasing WGG artists, exhibition by Glass School students and Resident Artist.
Oct 13: Blowing of ‘Design a Monster’ entries, student glass sale and ‘Blowing in the Dark’ at Wanganui Glass School.
Oct 14: Glass blowing demonstration for the public and student glass sale at Wanganui Glass School.
Oct 15-19: Clare Belfrage Blowing Workshop at Chronicle Glass Studio
Oct 15-19: Galia Amsel Casting Workshop at Wanganui Glass School.
Oct 17: Wanganui Glass Group Social Event. Chronicle Glass Studio will host a relaxed member’s get-together with drinks, nibbles and a glass blowing demonstration by Clare Belfrage.
Oct 19: Glass Olympics at Chronicle Glass Studio
Oct 19 - 22: New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG) Conference.

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