John Penman’s work is work is a melting-pot of Italian techniques, Chinese design influences and pure Pacific flavour.
Growing up between Aotearoa and Hong Kong, John has been influenced by the exotic tropical colours of the Far East, and the rugged natural beauty of New Zealand.
These works are made using an advanced Italian glassblowing technique called Incalmo. It is through the use of this technique that Penman is one of New Zealand’s most technically accomplished glass artists.
160 mm6 & 1/4 in
310 mm12 & 1/4 in
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As one of New Zealand’s most conceptually and technically accomplished glass artists, John Penman’s work incorporates advanced Italian techniques, Chinese design influences and pure Pacific color.
Born in Hong Kong with tribal affiliations to the Nga Puhi, John spent time growing up between Aotearoa and Hong Kong. As a result, the exotic tropical colors of the Far East and the rugged natural beauty of New Zealand have influenced John.
John studied at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design where he furthered his own highly creative and individual style of working with hot glass.
John’s constant experimentation with different materials and their expressive aesthetic qualities has meant that his work has a unique style. John also spends considerable time expanding his knowledge by attending conferences and workshops with other world-renowned glass artists.