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Galia Amsel

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Galia Amsel is a contemporary New Zealand glass artist. She was born in London in 1967 and graduated with first class honours in ceramics and glass from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1989. By the time of her immigration to New Zealand in 2003, Amsel was already highly acclaimed in her field.

Amsel's work is characterised by simple forms and often vibrant colours, features she attributes to the years she lived in Hong Kong as a child and young teenager. It can be separated into two very different styles: some pieces are curved and organic in form; others are strictly geometric and architecturally inspired. In the latter, Amsel contrasts the solidity of her forms with skilfully worked surface details, but it is the gently curling shapes for which she has become best known.

Although Amsel has worked with blown glass in the past, she now focuses primarily upon casting.

Amsel has exhibited in Britain, France, Spain, Ireland, the United States, the Netherlands and New Zealand and is represented in many major art collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand.