2016 Finalist – Kathryn Wightman

Capturer, 2016,
fted and sintered glass powder on sheet
2620 x 2950 x 24 Photo: Tia Ranginui

Established Artist Category Finalist


Wightman began working with glass as a student at the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom in 2000, where she obtained a degree in Glass and Ceramics followed by a Masters degree in Glass, 2005. In 2006 she was awarded a Craft Council placement to assist in establishing a creative practice. This led to PhD research undertaken at the University of Sunderland in 2012 focusing on the integration of glassmaking and printmaking processes, funded by Arts Humanities Research Council, England. Since completing this research Wightman has undertaken work as a visiting lecturer at the University of Sunderland and has also worked as a glassmaker at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. In 2012 she relocated to New Zealand to take up a position as Glass lecturer at the Wanganui Glass School. Since living in New Zealand, Wightman has been awarded the Emerge Glass Prize 2014 and the Ranamok Glass Prize 2014. She delivers workshops around the world and lectures in creative areas across the Wanganui School of Design in New Zealand.

“My work explores the connection between human existence and surfaces in the home that we interact with on a daily basis. The replicated glass surface serves as a metaphor for the realities of circumstance and experience. In this work glass and mirror have been manipulated to create a wall of impalpable shadows where imagination augments the values of reality. Digital technologies and traditional working methods are blended in a way that seeks to demonstrate sensitivity and understanding to material, process and idea. Hybrid decorative patterns are invented then deconstructed to create complex multiple layered compositions. Layers are screen-printed, stacked then sintered allowing the patterned forms to grow from the surface of the glass.”