Artist a glass act

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

IT ALL started with a bro­ken down beer bot­tle.

It might not have been much to look at but that first pa­per­weight fired some­thing in­side of Peter Vies­nik and 32 years later he is still blow­ing glass.

The 73-year-old is hold­ing a sale this Satur­day at his newly ren­o­vated Grey Lynn stu­dio to mark his third decade as a hot glass artist and to cel­e­brate the work of the two fel­low artists who now share the space.

Mr Vies­nik ar­rived in New Zealand from Eng­land in the mid-70s and started up his first stu­dio in Devon­port a few years later.

He has gone on to be­come one of New Zealand’s best known hot glass artists with his range of pa­per­weights, vases and bowls.

There’s much more to mak­ing his sig­na­ture pa­per­weights than meets the eye.

Each in­di­vid­ual com­po­nent in­side must be cre­ated first and then painstak­ingly in­tro­duced be­hind lay­ers of clear glass.

Once as­sem­bled it is then pol­ished by dif­fer­ent grind­ing wheels.

Mr Vies­nik went through many ca­reer changes, in­clud­ing a stint as a restau­ra­teur in Tau­ranga, be­fore set­tling on glass.

‘‘I think I’m prob­a­bly get­ting a bit long in the tooth to change again.’’

Fel­low glass artist Isaac Kat­zoff now shares Mr Vies­nik’s Grey Lynn stu­dio space.

The 35-year-old says he hopes to con­tinue in the in­dus­try for as long and with the same en­thu­si­asm as Mr Vies­nik has.

‘‘I really look up to Peter. We all do very dif­fer­ent work but its great work­ing along­side skilled glass­blow­ers.’’

The sale will be held from 9am to 3pm at Viz Glass, 36a Mon­mouth St, Grey Lynn.

Self-taught:

Glass artist Peter Vies­nik is cel­e­brat­ing 32 years of blow­ing glass.

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