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 Mini Mariner Bronze

Navigator - To A Strange Land

Mini Mariner Bronze

Cast Glass Sculpture
Teal/Grey
H192xW215xD42
Cast Glass Sculpture
Bronze
H113xW137xD45mm
Navigator - Of Faith Mini Mariner Teal

Navigator - Of Faith

Mini Mariner Teal

Cast Glass Sculpture
Blue Grey
H123xW215xD39mm
Cast Glass Sculpture
Teal
H125xW140xD45mm
 
Mini Mariner Gold Lookout - Current Observation

Mini Mariner Gold

Lookout - Current Observation

Cast Glass Sculpture
Gold
H108xW127xD50mm
Cast Glass Sculpture
Aquamarine
H162xW215xD65mm
Lookout - Over The Ocean Odyssey - Thus So Far

Lookout - Over The Ocean

Odyssey - Thus So Far

Cast Glass Sculpture
Aqua
H170xW200xD39mm
 
Cast Glass Sculpture
Gold Violet
H266xW217xD62mm
Odyssey - The Big OE Odyssey - My Happy Place

Odyssey - The Big OE

Odyssey - My Happy Place

Cast Glass Sculpture
Gold/Green
Cast Glass Sculpture
H2210xW233xD60mm
Landfall - Observation Point I

Landfall - Observation Point

I'd Like To Live on Forbury Hill

Cast Glass Sculpture
Green Grey/Clear
H303xW120xD98mm
Cast Glass Sculpture
Blue Grey/Clear
H300xW120xD98mm
The Room #3 Embrace

The Room #3

Embrace

Cast Glass Sculpture Glass Sculpture
Adrift The Signs Are There

Adrift

The Signs Are There

Cast Glass Sculpture Cast Glass Sculpture
Boxy Boys Shelfies

Boxy Boys

Shelfies

Glass Sculptures
Available in 5 colours

Glass sculptures
Available in three 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)
Traveller Traveller

Traveller

Traveller

Glass Sculpture
Clear Glass

Glass Sculpture
Aqua Glass

Traveller Calm

Traveller

Calm

Glass Sculpture
Chinese Green Glass
Glass Sculpture
View #I
Calm

Calm

Glass Sculpture
Front View
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