Maori Boy Glassware
Monty Kirkwood - Artisan of Ngapuhi decent.
Monty creates original designs - a modern interpretation of traditional NZ-kiwi & Maori design.
Monty has a passion for glass as an artistic medium. He designs each piece to be a work of art, while still being functional and robust enough to be used day-to-day.
Every design has a story behind it - either imparting something from life experiences or Monty’s interpretation of NZ-kiwi & Maori taonga (treasures).
The technique of 'fusing and slumping' sandwiches a design of "onglaze powder" between two pieces of clear glass, which is then fused together at high temperature. The transparency of the top layer lends the design depth and enhances the vibrancy of each colour. Low fire “glaze” is traditionally used by ceramists as a ‘second’ firing over underglaze on fired pots. Low fire glaze will fire into glass using a very careful firing process aided by a 'proprietary formular' of frits and additives to promote compatibility, stability of the fusing process, and to enhance the vibrancy of the colours. They also use the glaze ‘dry’ and not in a liquid form.
View the Maori Boy Glassware Collection