It was a course with David Reid at the Studio gallery workshop in lost wax glass casting that inspired Fiona Rennie to work with the medium of glass. Falling in love with the medium Fiona began by sharing a glass casting studio with Sam Ireland and Greg Smith for 3 years, in Kingsland and exhibiting in the Studio Gallery. 2005 saw Fiona set up her own studio in Grey Lynn where she has produced work with a kiln and a flamework torch ever since.
Fiona loves the slow moving liquid alchemy of glass. Fully conversant with the techniques and processes of sculpting with glass billets, frits and rods; working with warm wax: pouring hot wax into silicon moulds, fettling, spruing, refractory mould making, steaming out, filling, firing, annealing. Then chipping plaster from the glass form, sandblasting, grinding and polishing. Each successful piece of glass has up to eleven processes in its creation and there is risk at every stage.
Fiona Rennie Works Available At Black Door Gallery
"It is very exciting to release the form from the refractory material and then polish its secrets into colour and light." - Fiona Rennie
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