Cast Glass Supplies - all together now! - 15th Aug 2012


Di Tocker of Dicastglass is thrilled to announce that her online store for Glass Casting Supplies is up and running. 

Glass Casting Supplies online

"This is a first for New Zealand" Di says, "Up until now Cast Glass Artists have had to shop here, there and everywhere for the numerous supplies they need to create glass artworks". 
Products include various size bags of plaster, silica and grog, wax, fibreglass, pots, safety gear and kiln items. 

Blackwood Casting Crystal

Dicastglass is also stocking Blackwood Casting Crystal, an alternative to the casting glasses already on the market in NZ.  Di speaks highly of Blackwood Casting Crystal; it is the casting glass of her choice, for it's true transparent quality and easy release from the mold.

Di says the aim of the online store is simplicity. 

Order online...pay online...delivery to your door.



Re:fraction - outdoor sculpture exhibition on again! - 17th Jul 2012

Stick to your Knitting by Di Tocker.  Winner of The Swarbrick Dixon Award for Excellence in Glass at Re:Fraction 2010

Once again you can look forward to the wonder of glass outdoors in the spectacular setting in the rock garden at Waitakaruru Aboretum and Sculpture Park.

Tim Walker, former director of TheNewDowse and now a freelance curator and consultant, is curating this year’s exhibition which will be on from the 6th of October to the 18th of November.

This exhibition is open to all emerging and established glass makers from New Zealand.
If you are interested in exhibiting at Re:fraction click here.

www.sculpturepark.co.nz

WOW for the Winter Workshop - 16th Jul 2012

All the cast glass pieces ready for finishing

Beginners take to glass casting

On Saturday the 14th of July nine very happy students broke open their molds to discover some awesome pieces of glass.  The firing worked well and the surface finish of the Blackwood lead crystal was near perfect.  Di Tocker says "The beginner students work never ceases to amaze me.  The fact that these guys know so little about the process and come out with such great pieces is so cool".

Cold working - hand lapping - grinding and polishing

After a fabulous (birthday - Barbara) cake for morning tea (thank you Lynnda) Di explained the ins and outs of kiln schedules.  After 20 minutes of theory the students were definitely ready for more hands on work.  Some bases needed cutting on the diamond saw and then it was time for hand-lapping the bases using silica carbide grits from 80 through to 600.  Di then polished the base surfaces to a full polish on the linisher.

Advanced Glass Casting - they are coming back!

So happy with the results, that six of these students have enroled immediately to come back for Di's advanced workshop next month.

Check out images of the Winter Workshop 2012



Winter Workshop glass cooking now! - 20th Jun 2012

The crew of Winter 2012

Students return to the lure of cast glass

As usual it was an excited crew that turned up for the Winter 2012 course. We had 5 new students, 1 from Auckland, 1 from Te Puke, 2 all the way from Wellington and 1 local. Three students from the greater Waikato came back to learn more after having done their first courses with Di in 2008, and 1 student came straight back after doing the Summer 2012 Workshop.

Cast glass forms - always variety

Di says "It never ceases to amaze me that every course, sees every student make something completely different".  We had some great ideas this time.  Inspired by nature we had a nikau palm, rock formation and a landscape.  Then art forms such as stone henge, and an interpretation of Urenuku and dress inspired by WOW, and Chinese calligraphy on a wall plaque. And lastly a faceted gem stone cast in sapphire glass.

Kiln full, controller on...and now we wait

The students will return on the 14th of July for the great unveiling and the last day spent grinding and polishing the glass forms.  View photos of the course.





University of Waikato awards to be cast in glass again - 20th Jun 2012

Di Tocker has secured a commission to produce 3 cast glass awards for the University of Waikato for the 5th year running.  It gives Di great pleasure to see these awards go out to Distinguished Alumni ecah year.  Di says "I always enjoy finding out who ends up with the awards".

The awards are repeated from an original model Di Tocker specifically designed for the University in 2008. 'Pinnacle' is similar in style to the carved figures Di Tocker is known for and is cast in graduating red, gold and clear glass.  This unique and substantial award stands 300mm tall and weighs 2.6kg, engraved with gold lettering it comes with its own presentation box.


Di welcomes visit from Jenny Scown - Inspirit Gallery - 9th May 2012

Jenny Scown and Di Tocker discuss the wax process Yesterday Jenny Scown of Inspirit Gallery and Pip Stephenson of Tamahere Forum visited Di Tocker's studio.

Jenny has been stocking Di's glass artworks for the past 3 years.  Di says "Jenny is a great gallery owner to work with, as she is always keen to understand and share the process with potential buyers.  However, even after many conversations about technique, I knew Jenny would benefit from seeing the process first hand".

As most people are, Jenny and Pip were astounded by the amount of steps in the process, justifying the often higher price tag on cast glass.  Jenny described the processes as complex, and she is not wrong.

Di explains "I am inviting people to visit me in my studio to give people who are interested in cast glass art a total understanding of the complex processes. To give a voice to the glass".

Read Pippa Stephenson's article in the Tamahere Forum.

ArtsPost team visit Di Tocker's Cast Glass Studio - 15th Mar 2012

Team from ArtsPost visit Di Tocker's cast glass studio Marion Manson and the staff from ArtsPost spent a couple of hours at Di Tocker's Cast Glass Studio on March the 15th.  Di issued the invitation after Marion had expressed an interest to understand the cast glass process.

While the ladies enjoyed a wine and a nibble Di explained the processes and equipment she uses to get to the finished glass.  Di was in the middle of a 'batch of paper people', meaning that she had some waxes ready to mold and some molds already steamed out.  So Di demonstrated the process of hand molding a refractory mold, glass selection and loading the mold and glass into the kiln.

It was an enjoyable evening and the ladies were simply amazed at the involved processes of casting glass.
Thanks for coming ladies!

Summer Workshop Success - 13th Mar 2012

Summer Workshop Success Each of the ten students who attended Di Tocker's Summer Glass Casting Workshop were thrilled with the results of their first cast glass works.

Day 3 was held on the 10th of March. The focus was on de-molding to reveal their glass treasures, theory on kiln firing schedules and cold-working or finishing to their glass pieces.

If required, Di operated the diamond saw to remove bases, then the students were shown how to use the dremel to remove unwanted 'dags' and to hand-lap the base and selected flat faces for polishing.  Di used the linisher to give these faces the high polish.

It was an action packed day as the photos will show.

Details for upcoming workshops:
Techniques of Glass Casting Workshop Information
Enrolment Form Winter 2012
Enrolment Form Spring 2012

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