Ann Robinson’s work contains the smell and presence of the flora and fauna of the New Zealand bush. Her environmental idiom and examinations of the natural world have established the devotional forms and subject of her work. There is a powerful sense of place, an undeniable presence of the artist’s point of view - art with a purpose and something to say. Stephen Higginson, Milford Galleries Dunedin

Ann Robinson was born in 1944 in Auckland. She attended Elam School of Fine Art, Auckland University, in the late 1960s, but as she says "dropped out along with many of my generation, to explore the wider world of life, as the hippy generation defined it.

Learning to bake bread, keep bees, grow organic food, milk a cow and make butter, living in the country, along with my two children. This wonderful time of freedom eventually led to a strong desire to re-engage with the arts as a creative person".

After a 15-year break, Ann re-enrolled at art school having been inspired to study glass practice after the establishment of the first glass studios in Auckland. After graduating she joined Sunbeam Glass Works, a previously established studio, to become a partner with two others in 1980, where she became as she says 'not a bad glass blower' over the next nine years. During this period she also worked on developing a method of casting and the results of this new way of working won her three major awards, including the Philips Glass Award in 1984 and 1986, and the Winstone Biennale Award for Craft in 1987. In 1989 she left the partnership to set up her own studio on the west coast, north of Auckland. This move enabled her to concentrate solely on casting.

 Glen Frei
 Antipodean Bowl, 2009

 With some crucial support from The Arts Council of NZ, galleries, friends, and many loyal collectors, as well as 'great dollops of good luck', she has produced limited series of beautiful cast glass vessels. She has established an international profile with exhibitions in Australia, Japan, USA and Europe as well as exhibiting widely in New Zealand. On three occasions she has been invited to teach at the Pilchuck Glass School, in Washington State, USA, and has delivered addresses at numerous international glass conferences.

In 2001 she was awarded the Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM), and in 2006 a "life time" award for services to glass from the American Glass Society. She received an Arts Foundation Laureate Award in 2004.

In 2007 Ann was commissioned to create a font which installed in the baptistery at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell, Auckland in 2009. This is a unique piece of art, cast in five pieces of solid glass.

Words

2010
Ann Robinson was a featured artist in the Spring 2010 (1/10) issue of the prestigious German Glass Art magazine Neues Glas/ New Glass.

Galleries

2009
These images are from Ann Robinson's first ever solo show in the South Island at Milford Galleres, Dunedin.
1944
               born Auckland, New Zealand
1980  
             Diploma of Fine Arts, Auckland University, Auckland;Established the Sunbeam Glass Company with two others
1984   
             Phillips Glass Award
1986
               Phillips Glass Award;QE II Arts Council Travel Grant to USA
1987
               Winstone Biennale Award
1990-1992
      Guest Faculty; Canberra School of Art, ACT, Australia.
1990-1993
       Guest Faculty, Carrington Polytechnic, Auckland
1991-2000
      Faculty; Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington, USA
2001
               Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (O.N.Z.M);Treasures from the Underworld, commission for NZ Expo Exhibition, Seville, Spain.
2002
               Recipient D.I.N.Z. 'John Britten Award' for Contribution to Design.
2006
               Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award;Life Time Achievement Award - Glass Arts Society of America;Waitakere City Arts Laureate Award
2009
               Installed commissioned Font, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland
2010
               Faculty; Corning Studio, Corning, New York State, USA.