Glass work on show

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Artist Jan Shoe­mark is hav­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of her work at the Carl­ton Gallery and will have a sam­ple of works from mir­rors, land­scapes and a range of dif­fer­ent out­door art­works. From the quirky to the se­ri­ous.

Jan is a glass artist who cuts glass like a stained-glass artist, but uses the glue and grout tech­niques of mo­saic to cre­ate both an out­door and in­door range of art­works. Each piece of art is unique. Made with hand-poured glass, ev­ery sheet is slightly dif­fer­ent, with sub­tle colour vari­a­tions. Jan uses a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent types of glass for the dif­fer­ent styles of art.

Jan started cut­ting glass as a hobby while wait­ing for surgery and it’s turned into a pas­sion that has seen her win awards such as bronze at the Eller­slie Flower Show and best site at the Mys­tery Creek Fiel­d­ays.

“I have turned my home in Waitoa into an in­door out­door gallery and have vis­it­ing groups com­ing through where I give a talk on the dif­fer­ent glasses and a small demon­stra­tions on cut­ting glass.”

Jan also makes all her own frames us­ing re­cy­cled wood where she can. A lot of her work is now com­mis­sioned which often push her out of her com­fort zones, which means she is for­ever learn­ing. Ev­ery day glass cut­ting is quick to learn, but learn­ing to cut shapes takes time and prac­tise, she said.

“It’s taken years to learn what can work and what doesn’t. Please en­joy the ex­hi­bi­tion.”

■ Jan Shoe­mark’s ex­hi­bi­tion is open now un­til Jan­uary 20 in the Carl­ton Gallery at the Arts Junc­tion, Main Rd, Katikati. Open hours 9am- 4pm Mon­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day, 10am-2pm Satur­day, Sun­day and pub­lic hol­i­days.

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