In­spi­ra­tion found in glass and stone


An art ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing next week will change the way you look at stone and glass.

The com­mon ma­te­ri­als are the fo­cal point for Jo Per­van’s solo show, held at The Man­darin Tree in Gor­don­ton.

Of Glass & Stone will show­case 20 pieces, some tak­ing years to fi­nalise.

There are pieces the size of a palm that shine in the light, and heav­ier pieces that are rough to touch.

Per­van will also run a silent auc­tion of an art­work to raise money for the New Zealand char­ity, For the Sake of Our Chil­dren Trust.

Her piece ‘‘Safe House’’ is made from Oa­maru stone and black lead crys­tal cast glass.

‘‘It can live in­side or out­side. It’s about not tak­ing for granted how I was nur­tured grow­ing up, and be­ing thank­ful for my own child­hood,’’ she said.

She is hop­ing to raise at least $510 for this piece, with all of the funds to be do­nated to the trust.

Per­van en­joys work­ing with nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als.

‘‘It de­pends on the weather ac­tu­ally. If it’s win­ter, I tend to do more glass and paint­ing, if it’s sum­mer, that’s when I sculpt stone the most. And if you haven’t seen a lot of colour lately, that makes you want to use colour,’’ she said.

Per­van has been sculpt­ing for 16 years and or­ders a va­ri­ety of glass and stone types to work with.

She likes know­ing where her ma­te­ri­als come from, and where they are go­ing to go.

‘‘I like that it comes from the earth. I work in town, in a build­ing, in front of a screen, and so do­ing stuff where you’re work­ing with ma­te­ri­als from the ground is good for you.’’

Per­van works from her stu­dio in Whi­tikahu, 10km from Gor­don­ton, and said liv­ing in ru­ral Waikato was a great priv­i­lege.

In the past she has also ex­hib­ited her work at the Wallace Gallery in Mor­rinsville.

‘‘I no­tice a lot of what I make is about a jour­ney, and home. I’m quite fas­ci­nated with boats and feath­ers and keys and leaves.

‘‘You don’t know you have a pat­tern un­til you keep mak­ing stuff.’’

Of Glass & Stone, In the Hive at The Man­darin Tree Gallery, 1037 Gor­don­ton Road, RD1, Hamil­ton. From Oc­to­ber 11 6pm un­til Novem­ber 22.


Waikato artist Jo Per­van en­joys cre­at­ing ‘‘flow­ing calming art­work’’ that are stylised and sim­ple.

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