Stephen Bradbourne

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Stephen Bradbourne was born in Auckland in 1969. He grew up in west Auckland and attended Carrington Polytech between 1988 and 1991,graduating with a Diploma in CraftDesign(major in ceramics). He immediately received critical recognition for his ceramic work and was awarded a Judges Commendation at the internationally acclaimed Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award in 1993. In 1992 Stephen was offered a job at Sunbeam Glassworks were he quickly found an affinity for glassblowing, soon becoming an efficient and highly skilled production blower. Over the next decade Stephen maintained dual careers in both ceramics and hot glass,successfully exhibiting works in both medium. In 2005 Stephen left his position at Sunbeam Glassworks to focus fully on his own designs,specializing in intricate traditional Italian glass techniques which include Murrine, Mosaic and Twisted Cane styles. Stephen is now regarded as one of New Zealands most multi-talented and original glass artists. He has been the recipient of many awards winning both the Cavalier Bremworth Luminous Glass Award and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Glass Award in 2007. Stephen Bradbourne continues to exhibit widely in both solo and group shows and his work is included in many public and private collections both in New Zealand and Internationally.

Creator Statement

The environment surrounding us in Aotearoa has always been a major influence on my work.My current 'Leaf' series is drawn directly from the myriad of native and non-native flora visible every time I look out the window.I attempt to examine and explore the finest detail,to break things down to a cellular level and recreate the structure glass. Traditional Italian Glassblowing techniques such as Murrine,Twisted cane and Granular cane have always had a huge influence and often act as a starting point for most of my work. These sculptural Leaf works utilise the Murrine technique to create a graphic mosaic cellular pattern.A combination of hot-worked and kiln formed techniques are employed to create the finished forms.

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      Stephen Bradbourne

      Green Granular Leaf


      Green Granular Leaf
      height 525mm x width 197mm

      ‘Murrine’ technique, hot-worked, kiln-formed and cold-worked glass.

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