Glass artistry

Just received this press release – I so love the beauty of glass art. Every since I visited the glass artisans in Murano, Venice, Italy I have been captivated by the alchemy of glass. Gary Nash’s work is so divine. Well done on the award.

Fellowship for glass artist

01 July 2013
A recent piece from Garry’s exhibition at the Pah Homestead.
Garry Nash in action.
Experimental coloured glass rods made by Garry over many years.

Creative New Zealand is pleased to confirm veteran glass artist, Garry Nash, as the recipient of the 2013 Craft/Object Fellowship.

The Fellowship provides established and senior New Zealand practitioners, curators and writers the opportunity to commit to a period of investigation, experimentation or research in their practice.

Garry, who is the first glass artist to receive the $65,000 Craft/Object Fellowship, will use the grant to produce a ground-breaking book on creating coloured glasses.

The Glass Makers Palette (working title) will detail how a palette of compatible coloured glasses can be created within a studio situation, and will be the first of its kind in the world. The technical manual will consolidate three decades of Garry’s work and hundreds of experiments with different glasses and chemicals.

The decision to support Garry’s proposal was an easy one for the Arts Board, following a unanimous recommendation from the assessment panel.

“This Fellowship will allow Garry to complete a project that will cement his place in the canon of studio glass – a position that the Arts Board felt he well deserves,” says Creative New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Wainwright.

For Auckland-based Garry, who has been recognised both nationally and overseas for his work, the key motivator behind the book is sharing knowledge.

“Information about making coloured glasses is currently scattered and hard to access,” says Garry.

“I have always wanted to write this book to help address such issues. I’m excited at this opportunity to share my lifetime of study and help ensure coloured glass art continues to move forward long after I’m gone.”

Creative New Zealand can also see the potential of Garry’s book to open up new avenues of investigation at studio and tertiary education level.

“The results of producing such a book could have a long-term impact on the glass movement in New Zealand, and also has the potential to bring significant international recognition,” says Stephen.

Garry began working with glass in 1978, and his work is sought by collectors worldwide. He currently operates Garry Nash Studio. He is an honorary life member and past President of the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass. In 2001 Garry was made an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Glass Art. His work is held in countless collections; and notably, in the prestigious Smithsonian Museum (Washington D.C), where he is the only non-American to be represented.

Previous recipients of this Fellowship: Moyra Elliott (2009), Rangi Kipa (2006), Peter Lange (2005), and Malcolm Harrison (2004).

Media Release: Creative New Zealand

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