Glass artists to shine in Whanganui

By Anne-Marie McDonald

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Scott Redding, manager of New Zealand Glassworks.
Scott Redding, manager of New Zealand Glassworks.

A series of glass workshops will be held in Whanganui over the next couple of weeks, attracting some of the world's top artists.

The workshops are part of the 20th biennial conference of New Zealand Artists in Glass, being held in Auckland on October 22-24.

"The conference is in Auckland, but some of the workshops are being held in Whanganui," said Scott Redding, the manager of New Zealand Glassworks.

Among the glass stars are flame-working artist Loren Stump from the United States, who Mr Redding described as "a real glass superstar". Mr Stump's Murrini workshops are being held this weekend at Whanganui Girls' College.

German glass engraver and designer Wilhelm Vernim will hold a demonstration at New Zealand Glassworks in Rutland St on Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm.

"We're delighted he'll be sharing his amazing skills and talent with the Whanganui community," Mr Redding said.

Whanganui-based glass artist Kathryn Wightman will hold a two-day workshop this weekend at her studio in Putiki; while Australian artist Kirstie Rea will run a workshop at Claudia Borella Glass Design later in the month.

For the full programme, visit http://nzsag.co.nz.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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