New Zealand Glass Works
Monday10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Tuesday10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Wednesday10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Thursday10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Friday10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Saturday10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Sunday10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
2 Rutland Street
It’s hot in this former newspaper-making warehouse, and for good reason. That’s because there’s some serious heat going on in the workshop at basement level, where glass is being cooked into beautiful shapes and forms. Part hip studio and part gritty workshop, the mezzanine floor holds the exhibits of many talented glass blowing artists, and it’s here you can purchase and take home one of your favourites.
Somewhat mesmerising in their shape and form, the whole process of art glass is a little mind blowing in itself, and the resulting bowls, sculptures and jewellery are awe-inspiring even without seeing how they’re made first hand. Local artists Philip Stokes, Greg Swinburne, Katie Brown and Carmen Simmonds are just a few of the Whanganui creatives on display, and with the facilities available for hire by professionals, it’s no wonder some of the best in the country are being made here.
The Glassworks also offers workshops, so if you’re the kind of person that loves to get involved and perhaps learn a new trick or two, then the quality classes are the thing for you. Beginners can start easy and learn the art of glassblowing in a one-on-one session, where you create a paperweight in just 30 minutes. A real taste test of the art form, enthusiastic students may well be tempted by the longer day classes where you’re taught more in-depth skills and allowed to exercise your creative muscle that much more.
If a visit is all you’re after, then that’s fine too. Stools set up on the higher level mean curious passerbys can marvel at the workshop magic below without getting their hands dirty.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
2 Rutland Street
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