Di TOCKER

Di TOCKER

Born 1971, Auckland, New Zealand Di now lives and works in Hamilton, New Zealand.    She creates original Cast Glass Sculptures for Awards, Gallery Exhibitions, Commissions and offers courses and workshops in Glass Casting at her purpose-built studio in Ohaupo, Waikato, NZ.

Her works are thought provoking, slightly melancholy yet uplifting. Di uses the technically challenging medium of cast glass to explore the theme of relationships; in family, companionship and society as she has done throughout her glass making practice of the past 15 years.

Di is a regular visitor to Dunedin spending time with family. On one of her visits Di was inspired to create Carlton Hill – Front Steps. Di says, like most of her works the piece has meaning to her, evoking childhood memories however she is open to new stories for her artworks, encouraging others to find these within the glass rooms. Di explains “I consider myself a story teller…but I don’t supply the endings, they are created by those who take the artwork home”.

Di’s glass artworks are made using the method of lost wax casting, a lengthy laborious process involving model making with wax, rubber moulds, refractory moulds, kilns and glass polishing. Kiln time for the glass to anneal (cool safely) is one month for the large pieces.

Artwork in the Rooms series are arresting to view, drawing you in from a distance to inquire and wonder how Di has delicately poised the figure and objects within the solid yet fluid block of crystal. The bubbles and colour flow appear to float within creating an atmospheric moment, frozen.

Di's first Dunedin exhibition - Solo referenced each glass piece in the exhibition at Gallery De Novo, having a solo figure. Di undertook an artist-in-residence position at the Dunedin School of Art for 6 weeks in 2015,  which enabled her to focus on new works. 

Commissions
■2014 - Greg and Trish Thomson - private commission
■2014-2008 - University of Waikato Alumni Association
■2013 - Waipa District Council - Heritage Award
■2013 - Waipa District Council - Biodiversity Award
■2013-2012 - New Zealand Contractors Federation (Waikato Branch)
■2010 - Brian Perry Classic ProAm Golf Tournament Awards

Awards
■2012 - First Prize - Sculptural and Decorative Glass - Easter Show Exhibition, Auckland, NZ
■2012 - Peoples Choice Award - Sculptural and Decorative Glass - Easter Show Exhibition, Auckland, NZ
■2010 - RE-FRACTION - The sculpture Park @ Waitakaruru Arboretum, Hamilton, New Zealand (for Stick to your Knitting)
■2002 - Australian Combustion Services Award for Excellence - R.M.I.T. University

Di TOCKER's Work

Universe Us Navigator - Passenger Ship

Universe Us

Navigator - Passenger Ship

Cast Glass Sculpture
Aqua Bronze
H194xW217xD60mm
Cast Glass Sculpture
Mauve Grey
H182xW207xD42mm
Navigator - To A Strange Land Navigator - Of Faith

Navigator - To A Strange Land

Navigator - Of Faith

Cast Glass Sculpture
Teal/Grey
H192xW215xD42
Cast Glass Sculpture
Blue Grey
H123xW215xD39mm
Mini Mariner Teal Mini Mariner Bronze

Mini Mariner Teal

Mini Mariner Bronze

Cast Glass Sculpture
Teal
H125xW140xD45mm
 
Cast Glass Sculpture
Bronze
H113xW137xD45mm
Mini Mariner Gold Lookout - Landfall

Mini Mariner Gold

Lookout - Landfall

Cast Glass Sculpture
Gold
H108xW127xD50mm
Cast Glass Sculpture
Bronze
H192xW221xD44mm
Lookout - Current Observation Lookout - Over The Ocean

Lookout - Current Observation

Lookout - Over The Ocean

Cast Glass Sculpture
Aquamarine
H162xW215xD65mm
Cast Glass Sculpture
Aqua
H170xW200xD39mm
 
Odyssey - Thus So Far Odyssey - The Big OE

Odyssey - Thus So Far

Odyssey - The Big OE

Cast Glass Sculpture
Gold Violet
H266xW217xD62mm
Cast Glass Sculpture
Gold/Green
Odyssey - My Happy Place Landfall - Observation Point

Odyssey - My Happy Place

Landfall - Observation Point

Cast Glass Sculpture
H2210xW233xD60mm
Cast Glass Sculpture
Green Grey/Clear
H303xW120xD98mm
I The Room #3

I'd Like To Live on Forbury Hill

The Room #3

Cast Glass Sculpture
Blue Grey/Clear
H300xW120xD98mm
Cast Glass Sculpture
Embrace Adrift

Embrace

Adrift

Glass Sculpture Cast Glass Sculpture
Communicate Couch

Communicate

Couch

Glass Sculpture
Clear Glass (20cm x 40cm wide)
144 x 70 x 115mm
The Signs Are There Boxy Boys

The Signs Are There

Boxy Boys

Cast Glass Sculpture Glass Sculptures
Available in 5 colours
Steps Steps

Steps

Steps

Glass Sculpture
Blue/Grey Glass
Glass Sculpture
Luna Gold Glass
Carlton Hill Steps Carlton Hill Steps

Carlton Hill Steps

Carlton Hill Steps

Glass Sculpture
(view #I)
Glass Sculpture
(Front view)
Shelfies Traveller

Shelfies

Traveller

Glass sculptures
Available in three colours

Glass Sculpture
Clear Glass
Traveller Traveller

Traveller

Traveller

Glass Sculpture
Aqua Glass

Glass Sculpture
Chinese Green Glass
Calm Calm

Calm

Calm

Glass Sculpture
View #I
Glass Sculpture
Front View
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