Ann Robinson is a leading cast glass artist both in New Zealand and internationally. Her work has been exhibited widely, and is held in a large number of prestigious collections worldwide. Robinson is considered a pioneer of the lost wax casting technique and is sought after as a teacher and lecturer on this subject. Her mastery of the technique has given her outstanding control of the medium and has seen her organically influenced vessels and sculptural forms become increasingly refined over time.
Robinson is considered to be one of the international masters of cast glass, and as well as exhibiting and teaching throughout New Zealand she has been invited to take part in residency, teaching and exhibition programmes in Australia, Japan, USA and Europe. Several exhibitions have played major roles in the development of her career, notably her inclusion in the Treasures of the Underworld at the World Expo in Seville (1992) in which she was challenged to create works much larger and heavier than previously. This lead to technical developments which have allowed her to overcome issues of mass and scale in her current work and have provided guidelines from which the majority of New Zealand cast glass artists have followed in the creation of large works. Her survey exhibition Casting Light, which was toured from the Dowse Museum of Art in 1998, broke new ground in the New Zealand art community by being the first exhibition of 'craft art' to be accepted and featured in the New Gallery in Auckland.
Robinson's works embody a feeling of grace and beauty which is highly developed and sophisticated in its approach to line, colour and form. Increasingly her newer pieces challenge the benchmarks of form and scale laid down by her earlier works, particularly in the series of oversized native leaves and pods, works which move away from the traditions of the vessel to which she has adhered to for much of her career.