Lisa Bate working in her studio


Lisa's practice focuses on kiln cast glass and mixed media. Contemporary sculptural works are predominantly made in cast glass using the lost wax technique, making refractory moulds and kiln firing the crystal glass.

Using deconstruction and reconstruction methods to change the objects' original appearance for the lost wax cast glass technique. Glass sculptures play on narrative, ideas explore human interference in biology, developments in science and how industry transforms our world.

Current work explores the connection between two kiln heated materials, glass and ceramic. Combining wheel throwing techniques to produce smaller forms which are then joined to construct a whole final piece, connecting to the glass. The theme of the work is concerned with expressing movement and growth, sculptures that can move or are interchangeable.

Lisa Bate working in her studio


Lisa Anne Bate is a British born cast glass and ceramic artist, currently working from her studio located at Kahawai Point in Auckland, New Zealand.

Sculptural works have received multiple awards of critical recognition, most recently at the NZSAG Members Show 2022, hosted by the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass at Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. In 2021 Lisa was a recipient of an award of excellence from The Cleveland National Art Awards, Dunedin. Sculptural ceramics were selected as a finalist in the Richard T Nelson Sculpture Awards in 2022. Her cast glass and mixed media sculptures have been shortlisted for the national Small Sculpture Prize in 2022, 2021 and 2020. She was invited to exhibit at Glasstage 2020 in Zwiesel, Germany. Her kinetic glass work received recognition in an Honorary Diploma from the Jutta Cuny-Franz foundation (Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf) in 2011. Lisa was awarded a placement on the first metal and glass casting residency between North Lands Creative Glass and Scottish Sculpture Workshop. Kinetic glass work has been featured in the publication Neues Glas magazine.

Lisa achieved First Class Honours from a BA in Contemporary Crafts in 2010 from Falmouth University, where she specialised in kiln formed cast glass.

Lisa is an advocate for arts in education, with experience teaching at several higher education art institutions in the UK and New Zealand. In 2022 Lisa spent a term at Elam School of Fine Arts as the Ceramic and Casting Technician. Before immigrating to New Zealand Lisa held position of Senior Glass Technician on Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth University, here she completed a teachers qualification in Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Higher Education (PGCHE) in 2014.

Currently Lisa is a contributing committee member of the New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG) promoting the work of art glass practitioners in New Zealand. Between 2021 - 2023 Lisa held position of the Newsletter Editor for the quarterly SAGMAG.

Exhibiting regularly in group shows in New Zealand, she has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Lisa’s work is held in both private and permanent collections in New Zealand and overseas.

Find her work at Public Record in Auckland or New Zealand Glassworks - Te Whare Tūhua O Te Ao in Whanganui.

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