Di's Cast Glass found in Op Shop

Di Tocker recently purchased a piece of her own artwork last week while making a delivery to her local hospice shop in Cambridge, Waikato.

Di was alerted to the 'abstract figure' which had been kindly put aside in the office. A staff member recognised the cast glass piece to be one of Di's, had a look on her website and saw that she had discontinued the artwork series. The next step was to get in touch with her, but Di Tocker visited the store first.

The 'abstract figure' artwork was instantly identifiable as Di signs and codes each of her unique works. The bright gold figure on a plinth has the signature "dicastglass '08 / 022".  Di commented, 

"Dicastglass is my old signature. I now sign with just dicast and I also have letters before the numbers to identify the series. In this case it would be AF022, but this particular piece was created in 2008, my first year working at producing glass full-time, and was before I started my computer inventory system".

Each artwork in Di Tocker's 'abstract figure' series was a personal, unrepeatable piece. She started work on this series in her final year at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Here, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in glass in 2002. The last piece made in the abstract figure' series is a vivid green small figure signed AF143, created in 2015.

Di says she didn't think too hard before offering Hospice a good price for the solitary artwork. 

"I guess one day there might be a retrospective exhibition of my glass artworks and this would be a worthy contributor to that show. I hope this piece was enjoyed by the purchaser for many years before it made its way to the opportunity shop; the reason for it being at the shop is unknown."

Photography by Aisha Roberts and Di Tocker