Buller Still Life Group (2012 to 2013) consisting of (from
left) Resolution Island Bowl, Takahe Book, Stephens Island
Urn and Kowhaiwhai Jug, features in ''Mike Crawford: The
Bird Collector'' in Milford Galleries Queenstown on
February 9 to March 6. Photo supplied.
Extraordinary pieces created by ''the most significant
new voice in New Zealand glass works'' are being snapped up
before they are unveiled as part of a double-billed exhibition
in Milford Galleries Queenstown on Friday.''
Mike Crawford: The Bird Collector'' features 10 remarkable
glass sculptures, most created and sold as pairs, senior art
consultant Maurice Watson said.
The works were ''graceful and elegant and have a narrative
behind them, that is Mike's interest in Walter Buller, an
ornithologist, naturalist and collector'' of the 19th century
which ''adds irony and poignancy'' to the works.
Mr Watson said the Napier-based artist was an ''apprentice to
ultimate cast-glass artist'' Ann Robinson for six years.
Crawford graduated with a bachelor of design degree, majoring
in sculpture, from Unitec School of Design in Auckland. He
was a finalist in the Ranamok Australian and New Zealand
glass prize in 2006.
His work features in the public collections of Te Papa, the
Dowse Art Museum and Waikato Museum, as well as private
collections in New Zealand, Australia and North America.
Crawford's Moa Bowl was selected for the applied arts and
design exhibition ''Talente'' in Munich, Germany, in 2010.''
The Bird Collector'', on the ground floor of Milford
Galleries, coincides with ''Sally Smith: No Boundaries''
upstairs. Smith crafted eight delicate bronze sculptures,
with the natural world and time as themes.
The artist was raised on Waiheke Island, where she lives
today with her partner, sculptor Chris Bailey, and her two
sons. She graduated from Auckland University with a bachelor
of architecture degree in 1993 and ran her own architectural
practice before deciding to concentrate on her art career in
Both artists will attend the free public launch of their
debut solo exhibitions in the gallery on Church Lane on
Friday from 5.30pm. All are invited.