Christine Cathie was born and educated in Wellington, New Zealand, and originally trained and worked in graphic design before beginning a career in cast glass. Cathie's work has quickly gained recognition and she is now considered one of the leading early career glass artists in New Zealand.
Inspired by the geographical features of the New Zealand landscape, Cathie uses simple forms and solid, natural colours to give a timeless beauty. The solidity of the glass is contrasted with the way in which light is filtered through and captured by its varying densities, creating a sense of gentle movement.
A four times finalist in the Ranamok Glass Prize (Australia and New Zealand), Cathie was selected for the New Zealand show 'Southern Exposure' at the prestigious Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark in 2004. She was commissioned to design the awards for the Arts Foundation of New Zealand's 'New Generation Awards' in 2006. More recently, Cathie received the award for Creative Excellence in the Molly Morpeth Canaday awards and was runner-up in the Cavalier Bremworth Luminous Art of Glass Awards, 2007. Her work is held in private, public and corporate collections both nationally and internationally.
In her latest series of organic cast glass forms, Cathie continues her exploration of the sculptural potential of the medium. From tall, elegantly tapering 'tendrils' to abstract forms that draw in space, Cathie’s work gives a sense of lightness and motion by the way the glass twists and turns to catch the light. A wonderful new exhibition from an artist who has created a strong reputation for exploring fluidity in cast glass through the play of light with form.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Zealand
Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark
Sir Elton John
Corporate and private collections internationally