Monmouth is a traditional glassblowing studio. Our furnace holds 120 kilos of glass, and it is kept molten at a temperature of 1100 degrees Celsius twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Every piece is gathered from the furnace then hand shaped and blown using traditional glassblowing techniques that date back hundreds of years.
Isaac brings an education in Fine Arts and Art History to Monmouth Glass Studio. Graduating from Southern Illinois University with a BFA in 2001, he has since worked in established glass production studios in both the United States and New Zealand, refining his technique and skills in glass-blowing and fabrication.
Continuing his education in New Zealand, he completed a postgraduate diploma in Art History from the University of Auckland, with a focus on the history of Studio glass blowing in New Zealand. He also served as the vice president of the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass between 2010 and 2012. Isaac regularly exhibits his personal and collaborative glass work through Masterworks Gallery, Auckland.
Stephen brings 31 years’ experience in object making, design and production to Monmouth Glass Studio. He began working with ceramics in the late 1980s and completed a Craft Design diploma in 1991. In 1992 Stephen began working at a busy Auckland glassblowing studio and over the following decade established himself as one of the most skilled and creative glassblowers of his generation.
Stephen has become well-known for his intricately detailed exhibition work; he has held 15 solo shows, and has been included in over 80 group shows over the last two and a half decades. His work is included in many private and public glass collections both in New Zealand and internationally.
Abigail Steel is a jeweller and artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. She has a background fine arts through Whitecliffe College and holds an advanced degree in Goldsmithing, which she utilises by running her own jewellery business.
Abby has been part of the Monmouth whānau since 2018. Not only does she keep the ship afloat with the day to day comings and goings, she also has been assisting and learning the art of glass blowing. You will find Abby in our Henderson workshop throughout the week.
Madeline Prowd graduated with a BVA from the Australian National University in 09 before moving to Adelaide, SA to undertake the two-year Associate Training Program in the glass studio at JamFactory.
Madeline worked as glass studio technician at JamFactory for 10 years.
Madeline is heavily influenced by traditional Italian glassblowing techniques and the technical proficiency inherent in the process of making. Madeline’s current exhibition work explores pattern and optics through line density and the optical qualities unique to glass.
Madeline has travelled extensively, undertaking residencies in Australia, Sweden and Germany. Madeline was an instructor at Pilchuck Glass School, USA in 2018 and has been a craftsperson in residence twice. Madeline has been a selected finalist in the Tom Malone Prize, Fuse Glass Prize and the Klaus Moje Prize.
Lewis graduated from the Whanganui School of Glass in 2012 before relocating to Adelaide, Australia in 2015 to undergo the two-year Associate Training Program at JamFactory.
Lewis’ work has been recognised for its innovation and originality and has been selected as a finalist in the Fuse Glass Prize, Australia, Young Glass 2017, Denmark and Tom Malone Prize, Australia.
Lewis was invited as an instructor at Pilchuck Glass School, USA in 2018. Lewis has also been teaching assistant to many world renowned glass artists in USA and Australia.Lewis served as JamFactory Glass Studio’s Production Manager before joining the Monmouth team