Designer Glass New Zealand
Whaia te iti kahuranga ki te tuahu koe me he maunga teitei
Who we are
We have 7 studios throughout NZ owned by glass artists who are passionate about their work, and the desire to bring both vision as well as individuality to your project:
The group was originally formed in New Zealand after Phill took up the rights in 1990 to the SGO product based and founded in the USA. He was joined shortly afterwards By Dave in Hamilton with SGO being their common denominator, they both in addition to SGO also create traditional leadlight as well as sandblast etched glass, interesting trophies and awards and Phill even utilises his woodworking skills combining both art glass with fine furniture. After 17 years in Auckland Phill moved to Northland and like 5 of the seven members of the group has had for the last 7 yrs his studio located on a lifestyle block.
The other studios understanding the many benefits of the SGO process joined the group also bringing with them their own specialist knowledge relating to aspects of the decorative glass industry.Within our group Thorden glass from the Bay of Plenty specialises in the new process of colour coating glass as utilised for splashbacks, but also wall linings and even trophies and memorial plaques. Thor is third generation within the glass business and his grandfather who commenced the business specialised in leadlight glass an artisan skill learnt in his home country of Norway. Chris & Gary from Wellington bring both the skill and meticulous eye of the metalwork engineer in Gary combined with Chrissie's artistic talent. Artrix Glass specialisies in etched glass as well as SGO, but with their creative talents lend their skills to many disciplines within the creative arts world. Kirsty from the Hawkes Bay, and Antony in Auckland when joining our group bought with them design skills learnt in the print & publication as well as materials design industries, and Barb in Taranaki combines her glass art with running a wonderful homestay as well as being a very talented blues singer.
The group also closely aligns themselves to an Australian network of Glass studios, between the two countries they host get togethers where new and interesting processes are examined, a fair amount of inter country jousting takes place and a continuing review of the quality of each countries wine industries is examined. A unique aspect of this has been the forming of some very long lasting friendships, especially as for most of the group their studios are as much about a way of life as an occupation.