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About the Workshop

A great opportunity to learn how to do sculptural glass casting  We are excited at Bannockburn Arts to be bringing to the region an opportunity to learn how to cast glass. These workshops are not easily available  and this informative and fun filled two day workshop is a comprehensive hands-on introduction for beginners in glass casting.
Participants will learn the ancient art of lost wax casting and mould making to create a beautiful glass box piece embellished with your own designs and textures. At the workshop you will design and mould the piece and select the glass colours for your creation. Your mould will return to Whanganui with Carmen for firing and final presentation and be sent back to you in its completed form. As part of the workshop you will receive your very own Sculptbox which is a highly innovative idea developed by Carmen. She is keen to be able to make the art form of glass casting more accessible  so designed a box with all of the key resources required supported by an online learning presence and access to her kiln so that people could learn how to create a piece at home. We will be using the Sculpbox as the basis of the workshop with the added bonus that the experience will be taught by Carmen 
Workshop Details: The Crystal Glass Sculptbox Workshop by Carmen Simmonds  
Location: We are holding it at a venue in Cairnmuir Rd, Bannockburn Cost: $580 which includes taking home your own Sculptbox with tools and guides in it and morning and afternoon tea. Lunch will be the responsibility of each participant.We will have available some options for purchasing lunch. 
Tickets: To secure your place click on the ticket link below: Places are limited for be in quick. 
For any questions about the workshop please contact us at Bannockburn Arts on the contact form on the website.

Also you can have a look at the process and Carmen at work on her youtube site

Interested? Book your spot now!

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Carmen Simmonds

Carmen Simmonds


Her glasswork predominantly employs the lost wax casting technique and she is widely known for her sculptural dress forms. Carmen’s glasswork is collected and exhibited throughout New Zealand and internationally.

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2002, Carmen’s art practice has evolved from explorations of dress and textile to express women’s individuality, into rediscovering and emphasising the handcrafts associated with historical garment making processes. She has consistently crossed mediums in order to create her glass sculptures, predominantly with cast bronze, aluminium, pewter, natural fibres and soft materials.

In 2013, Carmen completed a Master of Art and Design. The associated research highlighted how themes and art making processes consistently reoccur within individual art practices. Within Carmen’s studio practice these reoccurring processes are crafts such as needlework and crochet and the use of threads and stitching. Whilst she continues to create her signature dresses and figurative production works, Carmen’s current sculptures are narratives that combine evocative glass techniques with mixed media, as a means of complimenting and enriching the form.

In 2022, Carmen founded Re-storyz (an online DIY and in-person workshop company). Created in reaction to environmental concerns and the Covid-19 Pandemic. Re-storyz enables artists to reach out to students, through online and real-time workshops, mentoring and glass making support where they are connected to a professional working studio. Considering the environment is a very important aspect of Re-storyz and sustainable practices are built into workshops where possible.

1397 Brunswick Road, RD1, Whanganui, New Zealand 4571

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