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Object: Gourd,

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Title Gourd,
Production Robinson, Ann (glassblower), New Zealand
Medium summary Free blown glass, pre-formed cane work decoration; fibre binding
Materials blown glass, free-blown glass, glass
Classification art glass, vessels
Technique glassblowing
Dimensions Overall: 395mm (Length) x 215mm (Width) x 210mm (Depth)
Credit line Purchased 2009
Registration number GH012192
Ann Robinson created this vessel while she was working as a glassblower at Sunbeam Glassworks during the 1980s. Her use of the gourd shape and the leaf-like decoration on the vessel's surface adds a New Zealand character to the work, unusual for blown glass at that time. Ann Robinson studied glassblowing at Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts in 1980. She then joined glassblowers John Croucher and Garry Nash in founding Sunbeam Glassworks, one of New Zealand's early glass studios, in 1981. Robinson has described blowing glass as 'an amazing skill, a beautiful skill, almost like a dance.'

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