First prize awarded - Di Tocker - 20th Apr 2014

Di Tocker has been awarded
First Prize: Decorative and Sculptural Glass, at the Easter Show Art Exhibition in Auckland. 

Her winning glass work is Room #1, the first in series of works she is continuing with in 2014.

Room #1 encourages viewers to look within the glass into a mini world of ever-changing light, bubbles and distortion.  Within the glass is solitary figure sitting on a bed and a ladder leaning on the wall.  Di says this series of works are about relationships, containment and escape.

View more works in this series here.

Demand adds more Glass Workshops - 14th Apr 2014

High demand has led to glass artist Di Tocker putting on an extra Glass Casting Workshop in 2014.

The Winter Workshop to be held in August is FULL already so Di has decided to add another 3 day Workshop in October/November.

Full details are here.

Awards / Trophies - All class in Glass - 1st Apr 2014

Di Tocker has doubled her portfolio of Awards clients this year.  As organisations seek to define their individuality and profile success along the way, they are increasingly looking for unique ways to do this.  One way is to present very individually designed awards.

Di Tocker designs and creates handcrafted, high quality awards in cast crystal glass.  When creating such awards, Di takes many factors into consideration; representation of the organisation, how the award will feel when received and the final home or the place the award will end up after the presentation.

More images of Di Tocker's cast crystal glass awards can be viewed here.

Opening Converstations about Mental Distress - 24th Feb 2014

The opening of a new art exhibition at ArtStation in Auckland last week gave opportunity to have open conversations about Mental Distress, Homelessness and Addictions.  Changing Minds manager, Ainsley Gee and project leader for Mental Blocks, Margaret Lockhart co-ordinated the exhibition to invite openness around the subject of mental distress.

Four artists were selected, using their chosen medium to express personal or related experience in this field.  Di Tocker had figures trapped within cast glass, her aim to have the viewer stop and consider what it must be like to live on the outer fringes of our society. Sarah Moktar has developed a wearable and interactive scarf through which one can experience incoming voices.  Mark Strachan and Justine Law have created a stop motion movie they hope will lighten the conversation and Fraser Hoffe displays a series of brightly coloured capes, drawing on his experiences of once being homeless himself.

The works are on show at ArtStation, Ponsonby Auckland until the 13th of March.

Welcome to my World - 20th Jan 2014

Di Tocker has been working on the largest cast glass pieces she has worked on with 2 new works for an exhibition Mental Blocks opening at ArtStation, in Ponsonby, Auckland next month.

The 2 glass blocks Di have produced are approximately the size of large shoe boxes, with 17kg of Blackwood Casting Crystal glass going into each mould.  She has tilted the walls and ceiling, and a figure in each block is awkwardly trapped within the highly polished faces of the glass.  Di hopes viewers will be encouraged to try to imagine what life must be like for those dealing with mental health issues, homelessness and addiction. 

Di says "I was thrilled to be selected for this show.  A few reasons - to be selected as one of four artists from 40 applicants was an honour, to show my glass work amongst other mediums is also exciting, but above all I felt that my recent works (Rooms) were such a good fit for this show that aims to talk about mental illness, homelessness and addictions".  Di says she has relished the challenge to produce conceptual works, made possible by the grant supplied to her to cover costs of making the large cast works.


Exhibition details;
Mental Blocks opens on the 19th of February 2014, running for 1 month.
Supporting organization - Changing Minds.
ArtStation Gallery, Ponsonby, Auckland.
Artists include Di Tocker, Fraser Hoffe, Mark Strachan and Sarah Moktar.

New Galleries on board - 25th Jun 2013

Glass Work delivered to Waiheke Art Gallery June 2013 Glass Sculpture by Di Tocker is now in stock at Waiheke Art Gallery and The Little Gallery of Fine Arts, Tairua.

You can find Di's glass work at these galleries:

ArtsPost, Hamilton, NZ

Helena Bay Gallery, Helena Bay, NZ


Inspirit Gallery, Hamilton, NZ

Soul Gallery, Hamilton, NZ

The Little Gallery of Fine Arts, Tairua, NZ


Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke Island, NZ

ZeaYou Gallery, Taupo, NZ

The Glass Artists Gallery, Glebe, Sydney, Australia

Playing with Clay and Glass - 1st Jun 2013

On the 25th of May I had the pleasure to share my studio with an awesome extended family group consisting of 4 adults and 4 teenagers.

As an introduction to casting glass, we made models from clay and used the open method of casting glass. We removed the clay as soon as the plaster molds were set, but before the clay goes hard. 

Working with small flattish forms we could fire them in 5 days allowing for the molds to be opened the following Saturday.  There was great excitement to see the results and range of colours.

We had such a great time that this group is coming back again in a couple of months...meanwhile here are some comments from the group;

"I found the glass course was actually really fun, as well as challenging it really got in touch with my creative side, playing around with ideas. The glass course itself was challenging, but a good challenge, and I really enjoyed it and I love my glass pieces and I can’t wait to do it again."
Shani aged 16

"I really liked Di because she wasn’t grumpy, she was friendly and she helped me when I needed help. When I didn’t like my clay I was allowed to scrunch into a ball and make it again. I loved doing the workshop as a whole family and my glass pieces are awesome."
Mila aged 12

"It was an amazing experience for me, and everyone too. You helped me and guided me, thanks for that."
Kaya aged 14

"It was so cool making glass. Di was really nice and helped me when I couldn't think of an idea. We got to pick the glass colours we wanted to use. Now we have our creations at home and get to look at them when ever we want!"
Jonty. Aged 14

If anyone is looking for a great family or team event this is the one for you.
We found regardless of age and ability everyone had a fantastic time and created some amazing glass. Half the fun was seeing the joy that everyone had collectively. Di is awesome!
Donna, Rosina, Nadine and Kelli (adults)

Classy Awards for Construction - 17th Apr 2013

A new series of cast glass awards has left Dicastglass studio, each delicately engraved with silver text and housed in a satin lined wooden box. 

Di Tocker was commissioned to create one large Supreme Winner award along with a miniature for the recipient to treasure.  Hynds Pipeline Systems sponsored 4 clear miniature awards presented to the category winners.

New Zealand Contractors Federation - Waikato branch had their inaugural awards ceremony on the 5th of April, with a dinner and entertainment at The Atrium, Hamilton.  This will be an ongoing event as the Contractors Federation hopes Waikato will be proud to present their completed projects to the Waikato and then onto the National competition.

The Supreme Winner was Fulton Hogan for the Te Rapa section of The Waikato Expressway.

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