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 with a kiln and a flamework torch and has been glass casting using mainly local Gaffer Glass since then.
Fiona's work comes from a love and respect of nature. As the artist describes: "As an island edge dweller, I spend a lot of time interacting with the ocean. Living around the Waitemata makes it easy to inhale the salty air, catch storms rushing down the harbour; get an uplifting glimpse of the sparkling sea. A day of dabbling in the rock pools is bliss. Snorkelling in the tropics: breathing under water, gliding over corals, eyes open to luminous colours, senses suspended in a vivid wondrous world."
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 eleven processes in its creation and there is risk at every stage.
Fiona Rennie Works Available At Black Door Gallery
"My work comes from a love and respect of nature. As an island edge dweller, I spend a lot of time interacting with the ocean."- Fiona Rennie