What inspires your art practice?
Nature - environment, flora & fauna. Pacific Island culture - ceremony, artefacts, tradition, jewellery, isolation, symbols, locations & crafts. I have travelled to many Pacific Islands and like to think I am creating my own contemporary artefacts that link my time and place here in Auckland, NZ.
What materials do you work in?
Fusing is the technical term used to create my glasswork. Sheet glass is cut and layered in an electric kiln and taken to high temperatures to melt together. The molten glass sheets sink into designs and undergo multiple firings.
Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
I am making a range of glass flowers. that will stand in a row outside the indoor gallery. Each flower has multiple glass components arranged on stainless steel poles.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Various galleries around NZ, private gardens & corporate collections. NZ gifted the President of China a sculptural work from my Wall Necklace series in 2014.
Where did you study?
Carrington Polytechnic (now Unitec) Craft & Design Diploma with a distinction in Glass.