The CoLab in­au­gu­ral glass artists’ con­fer­ence, 15–17 Fe­bru­ary 2019

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Car­men is Pres­i­dent of the

New Zealand So­ci­ety of Artists in Glass (NZSAG). The CoLab, the first joint in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence, when the New Zealand So­ci­ety of Artists in Glass will com­bine with its Aus­tralian coun­ter­part, Aus­glass, will be held in Fe­bru­ary 2019 in Whanganui. “There will be glass artists from lots of dif­fer­ent cul­tures around the world and lots of ac­tiv­i­ties. We want to show peo­ple what you can do with glass,” Car­men says.

Dur­ing the three-day event, ex­hi­bi­tions will be open to the pub­lic and a wood­fired beach fur­nace, a cen­turies-old glass­mak­ing tradition, is planned on Castle­cliff Beach.

“It’s a tra­di­tional way of mak­ing a fur­nace us­ing drift­wood un­der a dome in the sand and will be heated up over sev­eral days,” she says.

On Thurs­day, 14 Fe­bru­ary, the day be­fore the con­fer­ence be­gins, sev­eral Whanganui-based glass artists will open their stu­dios to vis­i­tors, which Car­men says will be “great op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet hosts in their nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and see their stu­dios and artistry first hand.” Visit co­lab­con­fer­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

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