Knitting Sculpture at Hamilton Gallery - 25th Jul 2014

Knitting Sculpture at Hamilton Gallery

Di Tocker's glass sculpture 'Stick to your Knitting' is on exhibition at Aesthete Gallery in Hamilton, NZ.  Made in 2010, and selected as a finalist in the Ranamok Glass Prize, Di is thrilled to see it on exhibition again.  Crafted from 14,000 glass beads and borosilicate glass rods shaped into 'knitting needles', this assembled glass artwork has made its way to Canberra, Sydney and finally back to New Zealand.

'Stick to your Knitting' currently hangs in the window at Aesthete Gallery, Cnr Rostrevor and Victoria Streets, Hamilton.  Aesthete is open Wednesday to Friday 10 am -4pm and Saturdays 10am - 2pm.

Investing in Studio Glass Art Objects - 8th Jul 2014

Investing in Studio Glass Art Objects This article form The Age, Melbourne Newspaper is an interesting read on the rise of art investors looking at glass art objects

Ranamok Glass Prize Finalists 2014 announced - 6th Jul 2014

This is the final year of the pristegeous Ranamok prize.  The winner will be awarded A$15,000.

Best of luck to all, especially the kiwi finalists!

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.

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