Welcome to KIWIreviews - product reviews
•  click here to return to the homepage  •
Welcome visitor.Join us or log in

Product reviews on KIWIreviews.co.nz : Tuesday 25th February 2020 - 00:32:31

QuickSearch for:    What is QuickSearch?
QuickJump to:    What is QuickJump?
logon name: p/w:  
I want to:

You Are Here...

Home > Categories > Arts and Crafts > Artisans > Katie Brown review

« The 8-week Training Programme - Level 1 Science reviewThe 8-week Training Programme - Level 1 ScienceCobb & Co. Family Restaurant reviewCobb & Co. Family Restaurant »

Score: 8.8/10  [1 review]
3 out of 5
ProdID: 336 - Katie Brown
Preferred Medium: Glass

Katie Brown

Katie Brown product reviews

Since graduating from the Wanganui Polytechnic (now Ucol Wanganui) Diploma in Glass and Production, Katie Brown has been blowing glass everywhere! In her final year at Wanganui Katie met Josh Simpson, an internationally renowned glassblower who offered her the opportunity that all young glassblowers dream of undertaking. At the end of 1999, Katie left New Zealand bound for Massachusetts, USA, where she found herself assisting in a 'state of the art' glassblowing facility and working with an experienced team of glassmakers and glass designers. This introduction to full-scale production work involved the many and varied techniques of hot glass manipulation which served to increase her passion for hot glass.

Inspired by her international experiences, Katie has returned to New Zealand to set up her own hot glass kiln and studio. In the last several months she has developed a series of works that include blown glass lights, jewellery and vessels. These pieces combine traditional techniques with Katie's unique design skills and exhibit both solid strength and intelligent design. Through her use of colour and cold glass techniques such as sand-blasting, the work exhibits a sense of 'delicate yet deliberate' structure. Katie Brown is inspired by the natural world and delights in resolving this world within all the various glass techniques she has mastered and like her world-class tutors she is still experimenting and stretching the envelope.

Other listings you may be interested in:
Joel FentonJoel Fenton
Rating: 9.5
Refined Yellow Beeswax PelletsRefined Yellow Beeswax Pellets
Rating: 9.5
16-pack Washable Triangular Crayons16-pack Washable Triangular Crayons
Rating: 9.2
Green Creativity - Trash RobotGreen Creativity - Trash Robot
Rating: 8.3
Seedling - Snow GlobeSeedling - Snow Globe
Rating: 10.0
4M Fairy Doll Making Kit4M Fairy Doll Making Kit
Rating: 9.3
Klutz Star Wars Thumb DoodlesKlutz Star Wars Thumb Doodles
Rating: 9.5
Whipple - Sweet Heart CookiesWhipple - Sweet Heart Cookies
Rating: 10.0
Jake and the Neverland Pirates Coloring & Activity PadJake and the Neverland Pirates Coloring & Activity Pad
Rating: 9.2
Crayola Mini Light DesignerCrayola Mini Light Designer
Rating: 6.7
TMNT Coloring & Activity PadTMNT Coloring & Activity Pad
Rating: 7.5
Pip-Squeaks in Disguise markersPip-Squeaks in Disguise markers
Rating: 9.1
Glitter Face PaintingGlitter Face Painting
Rating: 10.0

Product reviews...

Everyone is welcome to post a review. You will need to Join up or log in to post yours.

Click here to read the profile of tucker

Review by: tucker (Karl)
Dated: 17th of August, 2004

Link to this review Report this review


This Review: 8.8/10
Score 9 out of 10
Score 10 out of 10
Score 8 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 8 out of 10

I have always been fascinated by glass... a substance at once hard, brittle and fragile, yet capable of amazing flexibility and functionality. The way it can, as a prism split light, and yet as fibre-optic cable take that same light and keep it intact as it travels around the earth allowing us to communicate at unimaginable speeds. And when we walk along a beach, we are surrounded by it and hardly ever realise it's the same stuff. Totally astounding.

I recently had the opportunity to watch Katie in action at the studios of Ucol Wanganui, while playing taxi for a photography student friend of mine who was doing a photo assignment and chose Katie as her subject. I was astounded at Katie's abilities.

The room was extremely, uncomfortably hot, which I suppose could be considered normal, in a room that has 2 blast furnaces, 2 hotboxes and a hell of a lot of sun beaming in through the massive windows.

Skillfully assisted by Kerry, Katie crafted a number of amazing bowls and lamps, plus some starfish and other assorted small items, right in front of us. From a glowing glob of molten glass about 9cm around the middle, to a bowl fully 30cm across in about 45 minutes, it was amazing to watch how she shaped the glass as though it were putty.

I saw a number of Katie's artworks at a exhibition at a local Art Gallery and was amazed at her diverse range of styles and designs. My personal favourites would have to be her unusual lamps which look somewhat like a frozen teardrop, with strings of fine glass wrapped around them. I was very gratified to see, at another recent showing of Katie's work, that she tried a suggestion of mine, which was to try out using different coloured glass strings, instead of keeping them all clear or frosted, but otherwise uncoloured.

Overall, if you can get your hands on some of Katie's work, you'll be impressed by it, and proud to own it. The price is a little out of my budget, but I feel it well worth it if you can afford it.

Guest comments...

Random listing from 'Arts and Crafts'...

Score: 8.4
Product reviews for listing 5303: Jake and the Neverland Pirates Giant Coloring Pages -  Brand: Crayola

Product image for Jake and the Neverland Pirates Giant Coloring PagesCrayola Jake and the Neverland Pirates Giant Coloring Pages. BIG coloring fun! Includes 18 large 32 x 49cm pages featuring Disney's Jake and the Neverland Pirates characters.

Go to the listing

General Disclaimer...

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Do not copy content from this page. Creative Commons Licence All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the ePLURIBUS.nz Network. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of KIWIreviews.co.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, under the assumption that they are the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.

"It is a curious thing... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste."
Evelyn Waugh (1903 - 1966)

KIWIreviews Help GuideClick here for the Help Guide Subscribe to our Twitter streamVisit our
Twitter feed
Visit our Facebook pageVisit our
Facebook page
Visit our YouTube ChannelVisit our
YouTube channel
Follow us on instagramVisit our
Instagram album
Visit our Google+ pageVisit our
Google+ page
Visit our Flickr photostreamVisit our
Flickr photostream