The CoLab inaugural glass artists’ conference, 15–17 February 2019
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 colabconference.com/ for more information.