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

Di Tocker in Glass Artists' Gallery Sydney - 13th Mar 2012

Ranamok Glass Prize 2011 finalists, including Di Tocker have been invited by Maureen Cahill of Glass Artists' Gallery, Sydney to particpate in Encore, opening on the 27th of March and showing until the 23rd of April 2012.

Traditionally Encore follows the Ranamok Finalist exhibition. It is a chance for the Ranamok audience to see more work from the Artists that they admired in the Ranamok show.

The Glass Artists' Gallery being the Gallery that initiated 'the Prize' enjoys exhibiting additional work from the 2011 Ranamok finalists for a month at the Glass Artists' Gallery, 68 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney NSW 2037 AUSTRALIA. www.glassartistsgallery.com.au

Di Tocker has decided to show the Australian audience her Abstract Figurative work. Di says "It seems appropriate as I started this series of glass figures while completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT Melbourne in 2000".

High demand for Glass Casting Courses - New Dates! - 17th Feb 2012

Di Tocker has just announced the dates for the final two Glass Casting Workshops for 2012.  Di says "Interest is definitely increasing in my courses, there were some people left disappointed at missing out on the Summer Workshop earlier this year".

There will be a Winter Workshop - June 9th and 10th, July 14th and a Spring Workshop - September 29th and 30th, November 3rd.  Di explains "I can only manage to do 3 workshops a year as I have other commissions on the go and I really need to continue with the development of my own work".

It is necessary to book early to avoid missing out on Di's Glass Casting Courses. 

Click on the links below to download full details and enrolment forms.
Techniques of Glass Casting - 3 day Workshop
Enrolment Form Winter 2012
Enrolment Form Spring 2012

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