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Nature inspires glass artist

Last updated 05:00 28/02/2014
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GLASS ACT: German artist Karin Urmersbach-Niersbach finds many purposes for glass.

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When Karin Urmersbach-Niersbach looks at glass, she sees art.

The Titirangi artist transforms glass sheets into mirrors, lamps and engraved windows.

She started glass art 26 years ago when she and her husband Guenter bought a farmhouse in the countryside in Germany.

"We didn't want to have curtains so I learned to make double-glazed windows," she says.

"I went to a factory and learned Tiffany glasswork."

The artist creates jewellery, mirrors and lamps from youghiogheny and hand-blown antique glass.

"I have a very strong drive to give my art a functional purpose," she says.

Mrs Urmersbach-Niersbach says she has a deep fascination with glass and likes the colours, the way it shimmers and how it can refract light.

Projects can take her between several hours for a wall light and six months for a five-panel entrance way.

"I sit down on the ground and marvel at my piece and I can't understand that I was able to make it."

The artist uses a "positive/negative" engraving technique where the image is clear glass and the background rendered opaque through engraving millimetre by millimetre.

She lives in the Titirangi bush and says she only has to look out of the window for constant inspiration.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view and purchase the artist's latest work at her exhibition which opens on Saturday.

"I want to show the world my talent.

"I work like a workaholic."

The exhibition runs from Saturday to March 31 from 9am till 5pm at Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Oratia.

See for more information about the artist.

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