Find your (glass) figure - 18th Jun 2019

I have decided to sell my hand-crafted studio colour samples. Many of you have seen and admired these 29 figures that have been a fixture in my glassmaking studio. These colour samples, stand approximately 125mm high and are in the form of an abstracted figure. They were all uniquely formed, carved in wax then cast in Blackwood Crystal, and formed the basis for my figurative practice. No two are the same.

I am making way for a new sample set, and at the same time raising funds to purchase some new polishing equipment - a flat bed grinder will save me hours and also save my back!

You can purchase your new (glass) figure via the online store.
I can deliver or you can collect your glass from my Cambridge Glass Studio.

Glass Houses selected for Small Sculpture Prize - 23rd May 2019

Di Tocker's High Homes have been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Small Sculpture Prize at Waiheke Community Art Gallery.  Rueben Friend, Director Pataka Art & Museum selected Di's set of 3 cast glass houses as one of 30 finalists from a pool of over 60 entries.

Di says "The inspiration for these works cam from thinking about her own childrens' future and the possibility of (lack of) home ownership".

Referring to the ‘high hopes’ New Zealander’s have conventionally had about home ownership, elevated house forms sit atop lanky transparent columns. Is the kiwi quarter-acre dream disappearing as our population increases?  Will my children have to re-think what a home is? Do we need to re-define community?

Exhibition Details:
Opens 24 May 2019
Until 23 June 2019
Gala and Awards Evening 31 May 2019
Waiheke Community Art Gallery
2 Korora Rd, Oneroa
Waiheke Island

Podcast - A new thing for this Glass Artist - 17th Aug 2018

Breaking Art_The Podcast recording studio I am new to podcasts. I love to listen to while I am busy creating in the studio. One of my favourite series is Breaking Art, in which Jason Naylor gets around NZ in his Kombi and interviews a range of creatives about balancing their art with business.

So, needless to say, I was pretty chuffed to receive an email from Jason, asking if I would be his next guest in the Kombi, while he was up this way attending Spark in Hamilton last week.

It's a bare-all kind of thing, this interview. Even if you know me well you may learn something new about me. I share the story of my relationship with glass, my studio practice including some very low points and of course the many high points that keep me making glass. Jason is an attentive listener, talking about this stuff with him was easy, but I'll admit it is a bit scary to share with the rest of you!

Gentle warning....the podcast is 1 hour long, so you may wish to download and save for driving or while you are doing your thing, in your special place.

All good Glass comes to an end - 22nd Jul 2018

All good Glass comes to an end

The inspiration for making cast glass 'Paper People' came to me in 2009. Nine years on, as my practice evolves, I need to make way for new works. I have decided to stop making Paper People at the end of 2018.

I want to thank those who have purchased Cast Glass Paper People works in the past 6 years. I know some glass pieces have travelled far, some signify lost loved ones and some represent precious family groups. Each Paper People glass art piece has been made by my hand and from my heart.

There are still available pieces at my ever supportive galleries. Or take the opportunity to commission a paper people just for you.

Last Orders need to be received by 31 August for December delivery.

Di Tocker at Form Gallery, Christchurch - 6th Jun 2018

It's Better Together

is the title of Di Tocker's solo exhibtion at Form Gallery in Christchurch. Opening on 6 June and continuing unitl 26 June, 2018, Di's new sculptural glass artworks feature two figures together for the first time.

Di says "My husband and I have recently celebrated our 20 year anniversary, now ours is a maturing relationship. I have some very special alliances with other practising artists, one in particular - Jennie De Groot (painter) and I talk every week, sharing our practice ideals and help maintain each others momentum. So, I am coming to the conclusion, that while I make glass alone, life is so much better together".

The response to the new works has been very positive too.
“I love the solitary loneliness you have captured in your work up until now, but this new direction, better together, is really exciting. Can’t wait to see more”.
Stuart Park, Glass Collector and Historian.

It's Better Together 
continues until the 26th of June.
Form Gallery
468 Colombo St
Sydenham, Christchurch.
Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5


Glass Art Open Studio - Cambridge, NZ - 17th Nov 2017

I welcome you to visit my glass studio. Wander around my purpose built glass casting workshop and view plenty of glass pieces in my small gallery space, including new works, older stock and production works. All works are for sale, prices start at $150.

Sunday 3 December
11am - 2pm
Other times by appointment

33 Jarrett Terrace
M 0210384057

Otago Daily Times, Gallery De Novo review - 12th Oct 2017

The Painter and the Glassmaker
Jennie De Groot and Di Tocker

De Novo's current exhibition pairs the strong impressionistic landscapes of Jennie De Groot and the eye-catching meditative glasswork of Di Tocker.

De Groot's paintings are strongly rooted in the rhythms of the Otago landscape. Landforms are often hinted at rather than directly stated in works where the palette captures and conveys the essence of the country. The paintings, created with a brush and knife, are dynamic, and painted with vigour and confidence. The radiating strokes of Guided Home and Burnt Around The Edges produce visceral traces of the equally strong landscapes represented. Quieter pieces, such as the sombre Untethered, capture the spirit of the land equally effectively.

Against these strong backdrops, Di Tocker's small attractive glass forms gain a Zen-like meditative quality. Figures stand and sit enclosed in circles of colour, or adrift on spirit-boats on some unknown sea. Others are captured like bugs in amber within solid blocks of translucency.  The crystalline forms glow in soft tones, the pellucid colours shift and blend as the light moves around them. There is an intense thoughtfulness about the figures which enables the viewer to feel a personal connection with them. They have a rough familiarity; clearly hewn, they seem to represent the lost soul hopefully travelling to and unknown destination.

James Dignan
Otago Daily Times, Thursday October 12, 2017

The Painter and the Glassmaker VISIT
6-19 October, 2017
Gallery De Novo
101 Stuart St
Ph 03 474 9200

Exhibition - Set up at Gallery De Novo, Dunedin - 7th Oct 2017

The Painter and the Glassmaker VISIT

Jennie De Groot and I set the up the exhibition on Thursday, after sending all our work down from the Waikato and arriving ourselves the day before. With strong ideas on how we wanted this show to look, Gallery De Novo allowed us to transform their space. I felt it was important to allow my glass to 'lift off' from the floor so instead of using plinths I designed (and executed in a very short time!) the central display area around the gallery pillar.

There is 'room to breathe' as you digest the paintings and glass. Relationships have been captured between the works. All in all, we are very happy!

I hope you enjoy these images. The exhibtion is on for the next 2 weeks till the 19th of October. Gallery De Novo is open 7 days - they will post and pack, should you wish to browse online I have the full catalogue here.


Di Tocker

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