New Zealand embraces Indicator glass series - 7th May 2020

I am so very thrilled with the reaction to my new Cast Glass series - Indicators.

Born from ideas hatched while in lockdown The Indicators represent directional change, choosing a differnt path and forward thinking. The Indicator glass sculptures are all hand crafted in my studio from 'reclaimed' studio glass - the offcuts of lead crystal from my cast glass gallery works. Because they are from reclaimed glass I can offer these direct to you from my studio. Three of the first four are off to new homes, I couldn't be happier that my work sparks a connection in people.

Here's what one client emailed me today after making payment
"Hi Di. Proof of bank deposit attached. WOW cant believe it.  He'll be our forever reminder of this 6 plus weeks at home (although scary, I've enjoyed hanging on the farm.and not commuting to work) he'll remind us of how we looked forward... in so many ways. So so so cool. 
So many logical reasons not to... yet so strongly compelled to bring him in our lives. 
THANK YOU"


And as promised I have completed the last video showing the studio processes involved in casting the Indicator series. If you are interested in purchasing an Indicator please get in touch. They will only be availabe when reclaimed glass stocks allow and I will be making to order. 
 

Auckland Art Fair goes Virtual - 29th Apr 2020

I am pleased to announce my inclusion in the Virtual Auckland Art Fair 2020 with Black Door Gallery.

As you may know the Auckland Art Fair was cancelled along with many other significant events. The organisers have now created the 2020 Virtual Art Fair.  The online edition gathers 30 galleries from New Zealand and Australia who will each display the exhibition that would have otherwise been seen at the Fair, all viewable for free from your computer. 

The Virtual Art Fair will be accessible to all, at no cost and from the comfort of your home from 11am on April 30.

Part 2 video - 'Indicator' glass series - 24th Apr 2020

In this next video I will show you the mold making process to create plaster/silica molds for my latest glass casting project, a new series of cast glass artworks called 'Indicators'. Born out of the need to be resourceful during the Covid 19 pandemic, I am casting a new small series of glass artworks using 'reclaimed' studio glass. Recycling the lead crystal off-cuts from gallery glass pieces will enable me to offer the 'Indicator' pieces direct from my studio and website www.ditocker.nz

In this video the molding process for creating kiln molds from plaster and silica materials will be thoroughly demonstrated, as will steaming wax from the molds, selecting and preparing the lead crystal for kiln firing and loading the kiln.

Check out my last video (part 1) where I discuss glass colour selection, my thought process behind designing a new series and share how I work with wax for the method of lost wax casting.

Part 3 will reveal the cast lead crystal pieces. I will divest the cast glass from the molds and look at glass polishing techniques.

I am taking expressions of interest for this small series as they will be limited to stocks of reclaimed lead crystal glass that I have on hand. To register your interest in purchasing an 'Indicator' piece please feel welcome to call or email me.

Indicator glass series - video part 1 - 23rd Apr 2020

I have just launched my first video in a while and it makes me a little uncomfortable. But I'm sharing none the less because I'm very excited to tell you about my new project...

On this video I share with you my latest glass casting project, a new series of cast glass artworks called 'Indicators'. Born out of the need to be resourceful during the Covid 19 pandemic, I am going to cast a new small series of glass artworks using 'reclaimed' studio glass. Recycling the lead crystal off-cuts from gallery glass pieces will enable me to offer the 'Indicator' pieces direct from my studio

In this video (part 1) I will discuss glass colour selection, my thought process behind designing a new series and share how I work with wax for the method of lost wax casting. In the next video (coming soon!) I will share with you the molding process for creating kiln molds from plaster and silica materials, steaming wax from the molds, selecting and preparing the lead crystal for kiln firing and loading the kiln.

Part 3 will reveal the cast lead crystal pieces. I will divest the cast glass from the molds and look at glass polishing techniques. I welcome your comments. If you like this video please share and more importantly subscribe to my channel for more updates from a Cast Glass Studio in Cambridge, New Zealand.

I am taking expressions of interest for this small series as they will be limited to stocks of reclaimed lead crystal glass that I have on hand. To register your interest in purchasing an 'Indicator' piece, flick me an email or pick up the phone.

Viewing glass artwork post-lockdown - 21st Apr 2020

Sphere #3 - a recent experiment Our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern let us know what the next 3 weeks will look like for New Zealanders yesterday. 

Level 4 to level 3
For me, not too much will change at home; the 2 teenagers will still be learning from home and my husband will be working from home also - the cat will still be sleeping! The biggest change will be that I can now use couriers and dispatch the stack of parcels at the door.

Galleries and viewing glass
Galleries will remain closed for sometime yet, as normal shopping is not yet happening. I work with 6 galleries around NZ selected for their willingness to know me and my glass work well. These galleries all have great websites, and I do encourage you to browse online and make contact with them as I know they are missing instore visitors big-time. What better time to make changes  and additions to your own home after you have been staring at these walls attentively for the past 4 weeks! 

I have spent considerable time during lockdown updating my website, ensuring that all available cast glass artworks out there in the NZ galleries are visible online. The glass studio online gallery is up to date with cast glass pieces that you can purchase contactless through online shopping.

Making glass to order
It has become apparent to me that to move successsfully forward in 2020 and beyond, I will need to allocate my business dollars wisely.  By making glass art to order I can do this. If I know that a piece or two in each kiln load is 'sold' before I create it, then my bank balance is working for me. 

I welcome you to contact me to discuss your ideas for a glass artwork you maybe interested in. Remember enquiries do not equal obligation!  I have a page dedicated to explaining the make to order process. 
I'd love to hear from you!

I wish you well in your bubble till we can meet in person again.
Di


 

Testimonial for Fluid series glass artwork - 30th Mar 2020

Read the latest testimonial from Eryl Holt in England. Eryl has followed me on instagram for a while. Taken by the online images of Submerge #9, Eryl boldly made the choice to purchase this work unseen. I researched the best freight option - this turned out to be NZ Post and Eryl recieved her cast glass artwork within 4 weeks.

I first saw Di’s glass online on Instagram. I work with glass myself and I particularly love pieces that are made by ‘working deep’.  There is something so special about a deep cast piece of glass that has been lovingly coldworked to transparency. 

When I saw Di’s cast glass work, I immediately connected to it, especially the Submerge series reminding me of the Polar places that I love.  I also appreciate how incredibly difficult it is to create these cast glass pieces.  Hours of painstaking work make Di’s cast glass artworks very special.

I purchased Submerge #9 directly from Di without seeing the glass as I live in England. Di’s communication was excellent, clear, and in tune with my distance and the fact that it was just before Christmas!

When it arrived my new glass sculpture was more beautiful that I had imagined. I filmed myself opening it (Instagram strikes again!) and I was literally speechless!  The glass sculpture was fabulously packaged.  The weight of it, the sound of it, the colours; it is an experience I won’t forget!

Purchasing this special glass artwork was a big outlay.  I knew Di knew this too, which was lovely.  But I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever.  In fact, I would have paid twice over I love it so much! 

Eryl Holt, England


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The Painter and the Glassmaker - Parnell - 24th Feb 2020

The Painter and the Glassmaker - Parnell In 2015 Di Tocker and Jennie De Groot hatched a plan to exhibit together exhibition at David Lloyd Gallery in Hamilton. Working within a selected, muted colour palette, the two artists presented the Hamilton art scene with an accomplished and very popular show. Since then the pair have exhibited together twice more; Soul Gallery, Hamilton and Gallery De Novo, Dunedin.  Always innovating, the pair present their works in unique ways keeping high quality art foremost and forefront.
 
Jennie and Di have a unique relationship. On the face of it, what do a painter and a glassmaker have in common? It turns out, quite a lot.  Sharing within their individual practices, pooling business ideas, keeping each other motivated, critiquing each other's works, exploring new techniques and providing continuous positivity to maintain momentum.  They have a regular Monday morning conference call which encourages accountability and provides support in their solo practices.
 
This time, Jennie and Di are thrilled to be teaming up with another great team - Justin and Neala of Black Door Gallery in Parnell, Auckland. Di's work will be familiar to Black Door clients however Jennie is exhibiting here for the first time. Scaling up to fit the large naturally lit white space, Di's figurative glass pieces are larger in scale than usual and include mesmorising colour combinations creating strong emotive responses. These appear to be 'living' in connection with Jennie's large representational abstract paintings using the land as a motif. These two use a select colour palette once again, though you will note refreshing colour 'pops' to create surprises within both works.
 
Don't miss this stunning exhibition!
 
Black Door Gallery
251 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland Opening event - Thursday 5th
March, 5.30-7.30pm Exhibtion continues till 26 March
 

Glass Duo Exhibit in Christchurch - 19th Oct 2019

FLUID PRACTICE EXHIBITION
Di Tocker and Jarred Wright
Click here for images of my work.

Form Gallery, Christchurch
468 Colombo Street Christchurch New Zealand
6-26 November

Di Tocker and Jarred Wright will show their works together at the fabulous Form Gallery in Christchurch.
 

Di Tocker

Di is a full-time glass artist working from her purpose-built studio in Cambridge. Born in Auckland, 1971 and educated in Tauranga, Di was fortunate to discover her love of glass at the early age of 18. Since then, she has always created works in glass - firstly in leadlight as a hobbyist. Di completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (major Glass) in 2002 at RMIT University in Melbourne – this is where she discovered the method of lost wax glass casting and started to focus her work on the human form. Now most of Di’s work is focused on the human form, relationships and communication.


Jarred Wright

Jarred is a glass artist from Christchurch currently living in Brisbane; he trained under the British Society of Scientific Glass in the microbiology and chemistry department at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Jarred finds influence in the natural forms that appear under the microscope in the sciences and he also maintains an affinity to the unique flora, fauna and artistic styling of his home land, Aotearoa. All of his work is shaped by hand (and mouth) while molten hot in the old tradition of bench torch glass blowing techniques.

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