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Link - Emily Siddell and Stephen Bradbourne


Tue 24 Apr 2012, 10:00am–6:00pm
Wed 25 Apr 2012, 10:00am–6:00pm
Thu 26 Apr 2012, 10:00am–6:00pm
Fri 27 Apr 2012, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 28 Apr 2012, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: AVID Gallery, 48 Victoria St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Avid Gallery

Stephen Bradbourne was born in 1969 in Auckland, and grew up in Henderson. He majored in ceramics at Carrington Polytech (Unitec), graduating in 1991 with a Diploma in Craft Design. Within six months, he was offered a job at Gary Nash’s hot glass studio in Ponsonby, where he learnt to blow glass under the guidance of one of New Zealand’s best glass blowers. Working at Gary's studio in an intense production situation gave Stephen the opportunity to learn first hand the full range of techniques that were used in the studio, and he credits his experience at that studio for most of what he knows about glassblowing.

In 1994 Stephen attended a glassblowing workshop in Melbourne held by American glass artists Dick Marquis and Dante Marioni, both expert in Italian style techniques and ways of working. This turned Stephen on to a whole new world of glass, and at this point he decided to focus on the "murrine" technique as a starting point for all future work.

Over the next decade he continued working with Gary Nash, allowing him to consolidate his skills and extend his knowledge. During this time there were visits by other notable American glass artists: Stephen Powell, Joel Phillip Meyers, Billy Morris, Karen Willinbrink and Randy Walker. Watching and assisting these artists was a great opportunity to further develop and refine his technique and skills. In 2005 Stephen left Gary Nash’s studio to fully focus on his own work specialising in murrine, mosaic and cane hot glass techniques, for which he is becoming so well known.

Stephen has had work selected for many exhibitions including the prestigious "Southern Exposure" exhibition of New Zealand glass, at the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark in 2004-2005.

In 2009 his work was selected on behalf of the Prime Minister John Key and Mrs Bronagh Key to give to Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain when they visited New Zealand.

In 2012 his work was gifted to Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, the Australian Governor General from His Excellency Lieutenant General the Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, the New Zealand Governor General.

His work is also in the Wallace Collection, NZ and also in the collection of Elton John.

Emily Siddell was born and raised in Auckland and it is this city, the most Polynesian of New Zealand cities that has most influenced her work. She has said of her influences:
"When I was a teenager working out who I was and where I fitted in, the colours and shapes and expression of Polynesian culture were more inspiring than the European art forms."

Although the daughter of well known painters Peter and Sylvia Siddell, it wasn’t painting that interested her – it was three dimensional works. In 1992 she gained a Diploma in Art and Design at Carrington Polytechnic. Here she developed an interest in glass and was strongly influenced by Ann Robinson. In 1998 she enrolled in the Bachelor of Design Course majoring in sculpture.

Since then she has exhibited throughout New Zealand and her work is held in many public and private collections including Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt and the Auckland War Memorial.

She lives in Auckland with partner and fellow glass artist, Stephen Bradbourne and their two children.

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