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.

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