NEIL CRAIK – GLASS ARTIST
Born in Oamaru, New Zealand, now living in Auckland.
In 1995 I was planning to build a new home. At the same time I decided to take an Adult Learning class in Leadlighting so that I could add my own touch to the house by installing beautiful windows. By 1998 it was me tutoring the class and I continued to do so until I moved to Auckland in mid-2011. In 2005 I took a course in warm glass fusing and became a hopeless kiln addict. I thoroughly enjoy the challenges of transforming ‘hard’ sharp surfaces into soft smooth pieces of art.
I spent many years of my life outside playing sport and enjoying the natural environment. My love of the outdoors is reflected in the designs based around our native flora and wildlife. I believe we are fortunate here in New Zealand to be surrounded by Maori and Pasifika traditional motifs and designs. I love incorporating these in to my art work. Part of my philosophy is to incorporate recycled glass material wherever possible in to my work. These can be off-cuts from glaziers or old windows and doors from demolition businesses. It is satisfying to transform an unwanted piece of glass into a new “treasure”.