Katie Brown is one of only a small handful of full-time female glassblowing artists in New Zealand.
Katie graduated from the Diploma in Glass Design and Production in 1999 at Whanganui UCOL. Whilst studying, Katie met internationally renowned American glass artist Josh Simpson, and was invited to travel to Massachusetts to become part of his glassmaking team. After three years working in the United States, Katie moved to England where she worked with several glassmakers, one of them being environmental glass artist Neil Wilkin. Working with Wilkin proved to be a pivotal time in Katie's career.
Having her own workspace alongside Wilkin enabled Katie to produce her own work, gaining invaluable tutelage in the process. Since the latter part of 2003, Katie has dedicated her time toward helping Chronicle Glass in Whanganui to become operational as a full-time open studio. The space is well-suited to public viewing and invites participation in the glassblowing process.
Much of Katie's work is inspired by the natural world and this is reflected within her use of hot glass. Through her use of colour and cold techniques her pieces display a delicate sense of structure. Katie's work reflects her versatility, producing a variety of pieces ranging from jewellery to goblets, bowls, platters and ambience lighting.
Katie Brown Works Available At Black Door Gallery
Much of Katie's work is inspired by the natural world and this is reflected within her use of hot glass. Through her use of colour and cold techniques her pieces display a delicate sense of structure.