Unique Cast Glass find in Op Shop - 13th Feb 2023

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 one-off artwork to be one of Di's pieces, had a look on her website and saw that Di no longer makes this series of objects. The next step was to get in touch with her, but Di Tocker paid a visit to the store first.

The Abstract Figure artwork was instantly identifiable as Di signs and codes each of her artworks. This bright gold figure on a plinth has the signature dicastglass '08 / 022.  Di says "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, however 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 unique one-off piece. She started work on this series in her final year at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts mojor Glass in 2002.  The last piece made in the Abstract Figurative series is a bright green small figure signed AF143, created in 2015.

Di says she didn't think too hard before offering Hospice a good price for the bright gold artwork, so it could be retained for her personal collection. "I guess one day there might be a retrospective exhibtion of my glass artworks and this would be a worthy contributer 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".


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