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.

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

Glass Casting Workshop Success! - 7th Feb 2012

Glass Casting Workshop Success! Ten students attended Di Tocker's inaugural Glass Casting Workshop at her newly built studio in Ohaupo on the 4th and 5th of February.  It was an all women crew, and abilities differed some having done some glass work before but most were new to the techniques of glass casting.

Plenty of laughs were had as the group connected well and Di kept the atmosphere light while insuring plenty of information was shared about the processes.

On Saturday the students spent all day working on their wax models, carving fantastic forms from solid blocks of wax.  As usual the subject matter was completely varied, there was a candle holder, labyrinth, houses, cat, negative figure forms and other abstract forms. 

On Sunday the kiln molds were made, by layering the plaster over the wax model.  The wax was steamed out then the kiln was loaded ready for firing during the week.

All students responded well to the challenges and will be looking forward to returning on the 10th of March, when they will reveal their glass within the mold and use cold-working techniques to finish it.

Some of the student comment from the weekend;
"Excellent pace, amazed at how much we got through"
"Di is well organised and very approachable.  She knows when to stand back and when to move in without being pushy or superior"
"Seriously enjoyable"
"Very informative, great notes"

Summer Glass Casting Workshop Full - 15th Jan 2012

Summer Glass Casting Workshop Full Di Tocker's Summer Glass Casting Workshop to be held in her new purpose built studio is full.  There has been a huge amount of interest in her courses of late and as a result Di will run the course with 10 students, instead of 8.

Di will have an assistant working with her during the 3 day workshop to ensure the course runs smoothly. Being in her newly completed and well equipped studio will help also.

Students will get to complete their own glass object cast from Blackwood Lead Crystal.  They will work through the complete process - wax modeling, mold making, glass selection, kiln loading, kiln schedules, de-molding and glass finishing.  Students can expect 3 days in a fun and totally informative environment with Di Tocker, full-time glass artist.

New Kiln for Glass Casting - 4th Jan 2012

New Kiln for Glass Casting Arriving just in time for Christmas is the new kiln for Glass Casting in Di Tocker's studio.    Purchased second-hand, though only fired once the kiln has yet to be fully installed.  This will happen in January.  Di is thrilled about the buy  "I have been looking for a kiln for over a year now, second hand ones like this don't come up often so Colleen and I took a rushed, crazy trip up to Auckland leaving at 5.30am.  When it looked good, we didn't hesitate".

Di continues to share studio space with long-time glass colleague Colleen Ryan-Priest and as they are both keen to 'step up' their practice, the new purchase was ineveitable.  The kiln allows both artists to increase the footprint and height of their currents works, and allows for more works to be fired together.

The delivery guys (not Santa!) bought the kiln down on the 23rd of December.  What a present!

Glass Casting Courses running again - 2nd Dec 2011

Glass Casting Courses running again Di Tocker has announced she is running Glass casting Workshops again.  Di had a small break from taking courses while her purpose built Glass Casting Studio in Ohaupo, Waikato was built.

The studio is now equipped with all the gear and facilities to ensure Di can continue to deliver fun and informative workshops once again.  Di says she prides herself on running well organised workshops, " I like to know my students are going away, not only with a self-created glass piece, but also with their brains bursting with knowledge about the techniques and possibilities of this fantastic medium".

The Summer 2012 Glass Casting Workshop Dates are Saturday 4 February, Sunday 5 February and Saturday 10 March, 9.30am - 4pm.

Glass Casting Courses full details and enrolment form.

RE:FRACTION Outdoor Glass Sculpture exhibition - 24th Oct 2011

Twenty-one glass artists from around the country display works at Waitakaruru Sculpture Park.

The exhibition includes work from artists such as Colleen Ryan-Priest, Stephanie Mann, Pam Olver, Ron Reichs and Lee Brogan. Also included is thirteen student works from the Whanganui Glass School.

Refraction is the most popular exhibition of the parks yearly seasonal exhibitions. Held in the rock garden area in October each year you get to hear the local frogs sing while viewing unique peices of art in a spectacular setting.
The exhibition was profiled on TVNZ and you can watch a video here

Below is an interview from Radio New Zealand with artists Di Tocker and Colleen Ryan-Priest ,co park owner Dorothy Wakeling, Sarah Anderson of the Sculpture Trust and curator of Refraction, Karl Chitham .

Click here to listen

This is a YouTube video from the previous years exhibition, well worth checking out.

Here is the crucial info:
Waitakaruru Arboretum and Sculpture Park
207 Scotsman Valley Rd, Tauwhare.
Owners John & Dorothy Wakeling,
Ph (07) 824 0733;
Open daily, 10am until dusk, entry $10 per person.

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