Cast Glass - a kiwi thing! - 15th Nov 2012

cast glass kiwis - di tocker - dicastglass Di Tocker has a new line of glass works...and these wee guys are cute!

Named Kiwi Tahi, each individually carved bird is 'one of a kind' and comes complete with packaging in a re-cycled box. 

To date these glass treasures are only available through Soul Gallery in Barton St, Hamilton and Zea You Gallery, Taupo. 

Di Tocker's glass reaches new heights - 13th Oct 2012

Di Tocker has installed her tallest glass sculpture to date at Re:Fraction, an outdoor glass exhibition at Waitakaruru Sculpture Park.  Stairway to Heaven? is a rope ladder made with 15 glass rungs and hangs from a branch 5 metres above ground.

Di cut and polished the crystal glass rods, and using girl guiding skills (learned from her mother) lashed and whipped the rope to finish the work in a very decorative fashion.

Commenting on Stairway to Heaven? Di says she wanted to "take a functional item, such as a rope ladder, change the materials and therefore render it dis-functional.  I am also intrigued as to whether people still think they can climb it....will the glass rungs hold the weight of a person?"  Di laughs and says she is not keen to find out!

Re:Fraction is on until the 18th of November.

There is scheduled Artist Talks - all at 11am on Sundays
Graeme Hitchcock - 7 October
Karin Barr - 14 October
Colleen Ryan-Priest - 28 October
Di Tocker - 11 November
free with park entry

The Sculpture Park @ Waitakaruru Arboretum
207 Scotsman Valley Rd
Tauwhare, Waikato, NZ
Open Daily 10am - 6.30pm
Entry: 15yrs plus - $15
5-14yrs - $5

Open for Viewing - Re:Fraction 2012 - 11th Oct 2012

Curated by Tim Walker, twentyone glass artists from around New Zealand took up the challenge to exhibit glass sculpture outdoors at Re:Fraction 2012.  The magnificent setting of the rock garden within The Sculpture Park @ Waitakaruru Arboretum is the perfect place to show off the colourful, vibrant and varied glass works.

Judged by Carole Shepeard, Karin Barr was the deserved recipient of the Vazey Child Award for Excellence in Glass Sculpture with her work Treasure Stones.  Hear her approach to this work when she gives an artist talk this Sunday at 11am.

Congratulations also to Jo Conroy of Wanganui for winning the emerging artist award for her piece Colour My World.

Other artists  with glass on show include Colleen Ryan-Priest, Sofia Athineou, Graeme Hitchcock, Isla Osborne, Ron Reichs and Di Tocker.

Re:Fraction is on until the 18th of November 2012.
Artist Talks - all at 11am on Sundays
Graeme Hitchcock - 7 October
Karin Barr - 14 October
Colleen Ryan-Priest - 28 October
Di Tocker - 11 November
free with park entry

The Sculpture Park @ Waitakaruru Arboretum
207 Scotsman Valley Rd
Tauwhare, Waikato, NZ
Open Daily 10am - 6.30pm
Entry: 15yrs plus - $15
           5-14yrs - $5

Awards in Store - 16th Aug 2012

Awards in Store After completing the University of Waikato Alumni Awards for the fifth year, Di spoke to Geoff Lewis of the Hamilton press. 

The article featured front page of the Hamilton Press on the 15th of August 2012.

Photography and video by Shane Morton.

Cast Glass Supplies - all together now! - 15th Aug 2012

Di Tocker of Dicastglass is thrilled to announce that her online store for Glass Casting Supplies is up and running. 

Glass Casting Supplies online

"This is a first for New Zealand" Di says, "Up until now Cast Glass Artists have had to shop here, there and everywhere for the numerous supplies they need to create glass artworks". 
Products include various size bags of plaster, silica and grog, wax, fibreglass, pots, safety gear and kiln items. 

Blackwood Casting Crystal

Dicastglass is also stocking Blackwood Casting Crystal, an alternative to the casting glasses already on the market in NZ.  Di speaks highly of Blackwood Casting Crystal; it is the casting glass of her choice, for it's true transparent quality and easy release from the mold.

Di says the aim of the online store is simplicity. 

Order to your door.

Re:fraction - outdoor sculpture exhibition on again! - 17th Jul 2012

Stick to your Knitting by Di Tocker.  Winner of The Swarbrick Dixon Award for Excellence in Glass at Re:Fraction 2010 Once again you can look forward to the wonder of glass outdoors in the spectacular setting in the rock garden at Waitakaruru Aboretum and Sculpture Park.

Tim Walker, former director of TheNewDowse and now a freelance curator and consultant, is curating this year’s exhibition which will be on from the 6th of October to the 18th of November.

This exhibition is open to all emerging and established glass makers from New Zealand.
If you are interested in exhibiting at Re:fraction click here.

WOW for the Winter Workshop - 16th Jul 2012

All the cast glass pieces ready for finishing

Beginners take to glass casting

On Saturday the 14th of July nine very happy students broke open their molds to discover some awesome pieces of glass.  The firing worked well and the surface finish of the Blackwood lead crystal was near perfect.  Di Tocker says "The beginner students work never ceases to amaze me.  The fact that these guys know so little about the process and come out with such great pieces is so cool".

Cold working - hand lapping - grinding and polishing

After a fabulous (birthday - Barbara) cake for morning tea (thank you Lynnda) Di explained the ins and outs of kiln schedules.  After 20 minutes of theory the students were definitely ready for more hands on work.  Some bases needed cutting on the diamond saw and then it was time for hand-lapping the bases using silica carbide grits from 80 through to 600.  Di then polished the base surfaces to a full polish on the linisher.

Advanced Glass Casting - they are coming back!

So happy with the results, that six of these students have enroled immediately to come back for Di's advanced workshop next month.

Check out images of the Winter Workshop 2012

Winter Workshop glass cooking now! - 20th Jun 2012

The crew of Winter 2012

Students return to the lure of cast glass

As usual it was an excited crew that turned up for the Winter 2012 course. We had 5 new students, 1 from Auckland, 1 from Te Puke, 2 all the way from Wellington and 1 local. Three students from the greater Waikato came back to learn more after having done their first courses with Di in 2008, and 1 student came straight back after doing the Summer 2012 Workshop.

Cast glass forms - always variety

Di says "It never ceases to amaze me that every course, sees every student make something completely different".  We had some great ideas this time.  Inspired by nature we had a nikau palm, rock formation and a landscape.  Then art forms such as stone henge, and an interpretation of Urenuku and dress inspired by WOW, and Chinese calligraphy on a wall plaque. And lastly a faceted gem stone cast in sapphire glass.

Kiln full, controller on...and now we wait

The students will return on the 14th of July for the great unveiling and the last day spent grinding and polishing the glass forms.  View photos of the course.

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