Knit with Glass - Carol Milne Masterclass - 9th Feb 2016

I am excited to announce that I will be hosting Seattle based artist, Carol Milne, during her first time visiting New Zealand.  

Carol is a lone pioneer in the field of knitted glass.  She pushes the limits of her material through persistent and relentless experimentation and develops a variation of the lost wax casting process to cast knitted work in glass. Carol combines her passion for knitting with her love for cast glass sculpture, her knitted work is technically complicated and unlike any cast glass work being done today.

During Carol's visit to New Zealand she will be speaking at the NZSAG conference in Auckland plus running 2 masterclass workshops from my purpose built glass casting studio in the Waikato in October 2016.

These workshops are not to be missed for those experienced glass casting and wax working individuals.

Carol Milne's Masterclass - Information
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SOLO Glass Exhibiton at Gallery De Novo, Dunedin - 1st Nov 2015

SOLO Cast Glass by Di Tocker opened at Gallery De Novo on October 30th. 

Exhibitions of paintings are the usual at Gallery De Novo.....not glass.

Due to a large newspaper article in the Otago Daily Times, featuring Di Tocker and explaining her glass practice, the show has generated a lot of interest.

Gallery De Novo is open 7 days.  
SOLO runs until the 13th of November.

Gallery De Novo
101 Stuart St

Watch a 1 min video of the exhibition set up.

Artist-In-Residency Progress for Glassmaker - 23rd Oct 2015

Update from Di Tocker

I am two weeks into my stay in in Dunedin where I am based at Otago Polytechnic - Dunedin School of Art. My days follow no pattern, which is a big change from my studio practice, where I am very disciplined following a tight schedule of work.

Here, I aim to follow my nose. What happens one day will be a follow on from what happened the day before, who I met, what I read and what I saw. It is totally refreshing and new ideas for glass are filling my sketchbooks.

Following a path to glass

I have discovered the Hocken Library where I spent an afternoon reading through articles on Ralph Hotere, a man whose work I admire greatly. This led me to visit a hidden sculpture garden at Port Chalmers whcih consists of 4 works returned to this site near his old studio(now demolished due to port extensions). This then lead me on to drive out to Aramoana. Hotere made a large series of works in protest of a proposed aluminium smelter at Aramoana in the 80's.  I returned to the studio to draw and sculpt my first ever boat.

Glass for Taite - Trade Me Auction of Cast Glass - raising funds for a very sick boy - 19th Jun 2015

Taite Lentfer is a 9 year old boy.

He should be in my daughters class at school. He should be in the soccer team I am coaching.

I can see his house from my studio. He should be there, but he is not.

About 3 months ago he was admitted to Starship Hospital and they found out he has ADEM - an auto immune disease. He got sick real fast with his immune system attacking the cells in his brain and reducing muscle function to nothing. Taite and family (Dad Kori, Mum Lanie and sister Holly) are living away from home at Takapuna's Wilson Centre where Taite is receiving lots of therapy. He has come a long way, he now has some muscle movement and can even smile, but he has such a long way to go, with lots of ongoing care required from family and specialists.

I wanted to do something for the Lentfer family...a situation like this could affect any of us.  Money won't make Taite better but it sure can help to relieve some burdens on the Lentfer family.

There are 2 ways you can help Taite....

Bid on this auction - winner will get this unique cast glass artwork of the BLUE FAMILY....and allow the Lentfer family to have their own special glass piece, the GREEN FAMILY.

or....Share this story - as someone you know may like to bid. Simply forward the email.

Trade Me auction #904520680.  Closes Saturday 27 June, 9.52pm.
You can see more images on Dicastglass facebook page.
Smaller donations can also be made to Taites 'Give A Little' fund.

Thank you for reading

Di Tocker

Successful duo - Glass and Paint - 25th May 2015

The Glassmaker and the Painter exhibition held 22-24 May 2015, at David Lloyd Gallery in Hamilton was a huge successful.

Many who were there commented on synergy between the cast glass works of Di Tocker and fine art paintings by Jennie De Groot.  Complimenting each other but not competing with one another, the exhibition of works was an absolute pleasure to the eye.  The colour pallet or the paintings and glass was very similar allowing for a natural fit yet the works are extremely different.  Small 3-dimensional objects and people sat beside and under large 2 dimensional landscapes.

Di Tocker and Jennie De Groot are both very professional about their practice, it reflected in the installation of the works.  The pair employed Emily Rumney of The Framing House to curate and install show.  Emily knows both Di's glass and Jennie's paintings well and also know the gallery space.

The successful show has been easily measured by the 20 out of 36 sales in just 3 days.

Local Government win Glass Awards - 4th May 2015

Supreme Award left and one of the Catagory Awards right The Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) unveiled hand crafted and specifically designed awards at its annual awards evening in April 2015.

Di Tocker of Dicastglass was commissioned to created cast glass awards that were substantial to receive, spoke of unity and had a great 'mana'.

Jeanette Bullen of SOLGM says "For 25 years SOLGM has run the SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards® and in 2015, for the first time, we decided to hold a special Gala Dinner to recognise achievement in local government management and, in particular, celebrate the winners of these Awards. We therefore wanted the physical award to be in keeping with the importance of the occasion. We commissioned Di and she was a pleasure to work with. In a very short time frame she designed and created a unique award that was perfectly aligned with our brief. Importantly for us, it was also very positively received by the Award winners".

Glass Prizes at Easter Show - 10th Apr 2015

Communicate! by Di Tocker The largest amount of glass entries was received at this years Aucklnad Easter Show Art Awards with over 100 entries.  The standard of glass making was at the highest level and covered the many disciplines of working in the medium.  The prizes were allocated as below.

Decorative and Sculptural Glass
1st Prize - "Waiting" Francia Smeets
2nd Prize - "No title" - David Traub
3rd Prize - "Communicate!" - Di Tocker

Wearable Glass
1st Prize - "Falling" - Frances Hanson
2nd Prize - "Blue Birds Over" - Carol Croucher

3rd Prize - "A Day at the Beach" - Frances Hanson
"Time for Reflection" - Heather Olesen
"Water World" - Keith Grinter
"Carnival of Glass" - John Hanson
"Sea Pod" - Lou Prendergrast-Mathieson
"Untitled" - Kathryn Bartlett
"The Dawn Chorus" - Frances Hanson

Peoples Choice - "Time for Reflection" - Heather Olesen

Congratulations to all the winners!

Kiln 1, kiln 2, kiln 3 - 16th Feb 2015

Friday the 13th of February was a lucky day at Dicastglass Studio as we took delivery of our 3rd kiln.

This is an exciting step to producing more and larger glass objects.  Di Tocker says "It became apparent that I would need more kiln capacity last year.  The large works I want to make from my Rooms series take one month to fire in the kiln and I couldn't fit anymore than 3 in last year.  I would like to make at least 6 per year but I also need to keep up with commissions, gallery supply and students work".

Di gave a lot of thought as to whether to trade up a smaller kiln for 2 larger kilns but in the end decided more flexibility would be created from have 3 medium size kilns.

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