Jo Tricker: Glass Art Gallery

This is a small selection from some of Jo's series - more are available from Jo's stockists or direct from the studio. All glass art is made using the essential elements of heat and gravity.

"Distortion" - Finalist at Rotorua Museum Art Awards 2019

'On Granny's Loom' - salon de refuse, Rotorua Museum Art Awards 2019

Woven in Light

Bowls, Platters and plates

The 'Woven in Light' series is inspired by my grandmother's weaving.  I grew up in Auckland and my granny lived on Frederick Street in Hillsborough - a street which runs along the cliff above Hillsborough Bay (funnily enough, the next bay around is called "grannys Bay").  My gran had a very large floor loom that she made blankets, throws, wall hangings, table mats and all sorts on - and I have very fond memories of watching her feet on the pedals and the weft and warp dancing with the shuttle - the end result being evenly woven works of art!  As a little girl i thought it was all pretty magical!   Her loom was based in a large shed in her garden - which was also a work of art with pathways that wound their way down towards the cliff.  All of my extended family have items woven by Gran and they are very treasured pieces. 

Alice in Wonderland's Goblets

Inspired by my children and their ability to see things without judgement or pre-conception.   Love you both! xx

Cinderflower's Shoe

Unlike Cinderella, Cinderflower's shoe is not pure glass - but it is embellished with glass flowers and leaves in the hope that not all is impossible - and that all wishes will come true. 

Pebble bowls

Loads and loads of round glass balls made in to bowl shapes - just for fun!

Fred Dagg's Gumboots

"If it weren't for your gumboots, where would ya be?
You'd be in the hospital or infirmary'
coz you would have a dose of the 'flu, or even pleurisy
If ya didn't have yer feet in yer gumboots."

In the mid to late 1970's, New Zealander John Clarke created a fictional character called Fred Dagg and a song to go with it.   Fred represented the stereotypical farmer and New Zealand bloke - clad in a black singlet and gumboots and hailing from the isolated rural town of Taihape. 

With the creation of Fred Dagg, John Clarke became a national star and although he eventually moved to Australia, Fred lives on as an enduring Kiwi icon in the minds of most kiwis.  

Molly and Maggie hine-ruru

Meet Molly and Maggie Morepork (Hine-ruru).  Molly is a New Zealand Morepork owl often heard in the forest at dusk and throughout the night. She is often seen hanging out with her baby Maggie. As Maggie gets older her voice will develop to be like her mum's - and be known for its haunting, melancholic call.  

In Maori tradition the Morepork is seen as a watchful guardian/kaitiaki that belonged to the spirit world and was known as Hine-ruru - the 'owl woman' - with the power to protect, warn and advise.  

"The world is but a canvas to our imagination."
Henry David Thoreau

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