From a ridge in Parua Bay, Northland, Justin Culina works overlooking the ocean- in this context he finds endless inspiration for his fine art glass works. Culina’s portfolio ranges from ocean inspired bowl forms, to complex vases, intricate platters and utilitarian drinkware.
At the core of Justin Culina’s practise is a concern for incorporating ancient glass techniques in a contemporary manner. He first spent a number of years developing a skill set in techniques such as cane roll ups, murine, incalmo, filigree and latticino. Now with these techniques at his fingertips he is able to push his designs in new and exciting ways. As Culina describes- “My respect for the traditional methods inspires me to try to create my own unique take on them.”
A focus on shape and form is at the centre of Culina's work, with the artist finding inspiration from the shapes that the glass naturally wants to assume in the making process. His bowl and vase forms are fine examples of this, with their fluted edges that undulate and fold- these forms feel effortless and organic.
Culina is a full-time artist who enjoys not only producing his own work but also collaborating with other artists and sharing his process through public demonstrations. His studio is called Culina Glass, the space features an impressive hot shop fitted out with customised equipment made by the artist.
Justin Culina’s work is represented by art galleries throughout New Zealand and his work can be found in private collections in the US, UK, Japan, China, Canada, and Australia. He is a member of the NZ Society of Artists in Glass and the Glass Art Society (International).
"Capturing the beautiful liquid forms and stunning colours that glass offers is the challenge. I hope that this love and respect for glass is reflected in my work. Glass is a great teacher – consistent, honest and fair." - Justin Culina