Ann Robinson ONZM is an internationally significant glass artist and an acclaimed innovator who has been at the forefront of the extraordinary achievement of New Zealand glass.
With a practice that stretches back more than 40 years, Robinson’s continued innovation and experimentation have spearheaded the development of New Zealand glass art and ensured her recognition as a master in her field. She is considered a pioneer of the lost-wax casting method and is sought after as a teacher and lecturer on the subject.
In 2001 she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit. Three years later in 2004 she was named Arts Laureate by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. And in 2006 Robinson was awarded the prestigious American Glass Society Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Robinson is represented in major international and national public collections, including the Corning Museum of Glass (U.S.), the Victoria and Albert Museum (U.K.), the National Gallery of Victoria (AUS), the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
The power of Robinson’s work comes from its bold simplicity, its vivid colouring and its unique ability to capture and channel light. Her cast glass pieces have a commanding presence and embody a feeling of grace and beauty. She gathers inspiration from the natural world, incorporating the geometries, rhythms and colours of native flora in her work.
Ann Robinson is a master of her medium. In her hands, her knowledge and technique allows for serendipitous combinations of light, hue and intensity, which lend her works an air of importance.
Learn about Ann Robinson’s casting process.