The Glass Gallery
Richard is an award winning glass artist, utilizing a variety of techniques to produce leaded glass as well as sculptural and kilnformed works. Established studio and gallery. Without light there is no colour. Light is the true colour. Light and reflection are manipulated with simple form.
Open most days or by arrangement
Map number 2
Read about Richard in the Taranaki Daily News
I have been involved in the glass industry since 1981, I have been a full time artist since 1987, and a founding member of the Art Glass Association of NZ. I operate from my purpose-built studio and gallery in Omata, where visitors are always welcome to view and experience the techniques I have developed.
I have lived in Taranaki all my life, where my work is influenced by the local environment we experience during our everyday lives. Taranaki is a place of wind, waves, and weaving landscapes, in it is a constant variety of colour, light, and movement. It is these aspects of Taranaki that I feel and portray in my work. My work looks, ‘not to duplicate, but to describe, and make visible.’
Delicately I balance my time between firstly, my recycled glass sculpture, which is made from colourless float glass, yet borrows light and hues from its surrounding environment, exploiting repeated simple shape.
And secondly, my Leaded Glass installations, which involve coloured and textured glass incorporated (usually) in flat panels, part of an architectural setting.
One day I may be working on a period villa, perhaps the next on a brand new home, and sometimes, on Century old Stained Glass in our churches.
These are predominantly ‘made to order’ commissioned works.
On the other hand my Sculptural work you’re more likely to see in my studio or selected galleries on your travels.-
Working within these two totally opposite disciplines is something that I find not only refreshing technically, but also a great motivational tool, and a surprising source of inspiration.